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Interdisciplinary Studies (BSBA)

Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Program (IST)

The Interdisciplinary Studies Degree (IST) is a highly flexible and customized degree which offers maximum utilization of credits without restrictions or prerequisites. Students can choose from seven concentrations: Administrative Sciences, Applied Arts, Applied Sciences, Community Services, Human Services, Liberal Studies, or Professional Development.  A major in Interdisciplinary Studies leads to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.  The degree consists of a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 25 percent in upper-division hours (i.e., 30 hours) earned in residence at USA. 

Students applying to the Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Program must satisfy general requirements for admission to the University of South Alabama (see "Admission to the University"). The student's individualized program of study is planned in consultation with their advisor.

General Competencies  Course Title Credit Hours
Interdisciplinary & Critical Thinking  IST 302 3
Cultural Competency  IST 320 3
Analytical & Information Literacy IST 330 3
Advanced Verbal & Written Communication-W IST 350 3
Professional Leadership & Teamwork IST 495 3
Total Hours   
15

Students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Program must satisfy the following:

  • University's General Education Requirement of 41 hours, (see "Academic Policies and Procedures")
  • General Competency Requirement of 15 hours.
  • Concentration Requirement of 29 hours (designed in consultation with an academic advisor).
  • Capstone Requirement of 3 hours (IST 498 Internship I-Capstone Experience-W or IST 430 Senior Research Thesis-W).
  • Elective Courses Requirement of 32 hours

A minimum grade-point-average of 2.0 is required for graduation.


 

Effective fall 2016, the Interdisciplinary Studies degree includes a Major Milestones guideline to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the Milestone requirements for each term. Requirements for Major Milestones apply only to full-time degree-seeking students who entered fall 2016 or later.  These requirements are viewable on the Major Milestones table below.:                                                              

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES SAMPLE 4-YEAR PLAN WITH MILESTONES

Term 1 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 EH 101* English Composition I   3  
 History     3  
 Elective Course
 IST 101
 Foundations of Interdisciplinary University Studies   3  
 Social Behavioral  Science     3  
 Fine Arts     3  
       15  Minimum Term GPA 2.0
Term 2 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 EH 102 or EH 105 English Composition II  EH 101 or test score 3 EH 101 C or better or EH 105 C or better
 Natural Science w/Lab     4  
 CA 110 Public Speaking   3  
 Social Behavioral  Science     3  
 English Literature     3  
       16  
Term 3 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 Math MA 110 or higher   3  
 History or Social  Behavioral Science**     3  
 English Literature or  Humanities**     3  
 Natural Science w/Lab     4  
 Elective Course:
 IST 290
Special Topic   1  
       14  EH 102 C or better
Term 4 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 Elective Course:
 IST 125
Professional Conduct   3  
 Elective Course:
 IST 201
Seasons of Life   3  
 Competency Course:
 IST 302
Interdisciplinary and Critical Thinking   3  
 Concentration Course Field of Study Course
(Any Level)
  3  
 Concentration Course Field of Study Course
(Any Level)
  3  
       15  Minimum Term GPA 2.0
Term 5 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 Elective Course:
 IST 305
Issues in Human Services   3  
 Elective Course:
 IST 310
Global Leadership   3  
 Competency Course:
 IST 330
Analytical and Information Literacy   3  
 Competency Course:
 IST 350
Advanced Verbal and Written
Communication-W
   3  
 Concentration Course Field of Study course
(300-400 Level)
  3  
       15  15 Hours of USA Upper  Division Coursework  Completed
Term 6 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 Elective Course:
 IST 315
Women's Issues in the Community Workplace   3  
 Competency Course:
 IST 320
Cultural Competency   3  
 Concentration Course Field of Study Course
(300-400 Level)
  3  
 Concentration Course Field of Study Course
(300-400 Level)
  3  
 Concentration Course Field of Study Course
(300-400)
  3  
       15  Apply for Graduation
Term 7 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 Elective Course:
 IST 401
Adults in Society   3  
 Elective Course:
 IST 420
Community Development and Leadership   3  
 Elective Course:
 IST 425
Workplace Learning and Development   3  
 Concentration Course  Field of Study Course
 (Any Level)
  3  
 Concentration Course Field of Study Course
(Any Level)
  3  
       15  Minimum Term GPA 2.0
Term 8 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 Competency Course:
 IST 495
Professional Leadership and Teamwork   3  
Capstone Course:
 IST 430 or IST 498
Senior Research Thesis - W
 or Internship I
Capstone Experience - W
  3  IST 330 C or better and  IST 350 C or better
 Concentration Course Field of Study Course
 (Any Level)
  3  
 Elective Course     3  
 Concentration Course Field of Study Course
 (Any Level)
  3  
       15  Minimum Term GPA 2.0
      Total degree hours = 120  

*   Students who earn an English ACT score of 27, or a written SAT score of 550, can opt out of EH 101.
**  Must have one history elective and one literature elective.  In addition, students must choose a second history or literature course to complete a two-part sequence.  

Two designated writing courses are required with at least one course chosen from the student's major. Writing courses  are identified in the University Bulletin by a (W) after the course title.

This Sample 4-Year Plan is designed as a guide for students preparing for their course selections and only provides only a suggested schedule. Actual course selections should be made in consultation with an academic advisor.

Department of Integrative Studies Staff
(251) 460-6263
Chair Dr. Joycelyn Finley-Hervey
Academic Advisor
Diane F. Harvey, MS
Academic Advisor
Pamela James
Secretary
Kathryn Erwin

Department of Integrative Studies website
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/ceps/integrative/index.html

The Interdisciplinary Studies (IST) degree is designed to give students a variety of options in earning a Bachelor’s degree tailored to meet their needs and interests.  The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (IST) offers a fully online degree.

General Education Requirements (41 Credit Hours) Credit Hours
Area I - Written Composition
2 courses EH 101,
EH 102 
6
Area II - Humanities, Fine Arts, Oral Communication
Any (1) of* EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, or 236 3
Any (1) of ARH 100, 103, 123;
ARS 101;
DRA 110;
MUL 101
3
1 course CA 110 3
Any (1) of EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, or 236;
ARH 100, 103, 123;
ARS 101;
DRA 110;
MUL 101;
AFR 101;
IST 105;
CLA 110;
LG 111, 112, 131, 132, 151, 152, 171, 172, 211, 212, 231, 232, 251, 252, 271, 272;
LGS 101, 102, 106, 107, 121, 122, 141, 142, 201, 202, 206, 207, 221, 222, 241, 242;
PHL 110, 121, 131, 231, 240
3
Area III - Natural Sciences and Math
2 courses w/ labs  BLY 101/101L, 102/102L, 121/121L, 122/122L;
CH 101/101L, 103/103L, 131/131L, 132/132L;
GEO 101/101L, 102/102L;
GY 111/111L, 112/112L;
PH 101/101L, 104/104L, 114/114L, 115/115L, 201/201L, or 202/202L, MET 140/140L
8
Any (1) of MA 110, 112, 113, 115, 120, 125, 126, 227, 237, or 238 3
Area IV - History, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Any (1) of* HY 101, 102, 135, 136 3
3 courses IST 201;
AN 100, 101;
CA 100, 211;
ECO 215, 216;
GEO 114, 115;
GS 101;
IS 101;
PSC 130;
PSY 120, 250;
SY 109, or 112;
HY 101, 102, 135, 136
9
*As part of the General Education Requirements, students must complete a 6-hour sequence in Literature or History