Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

ssb-studentThe Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies emphasizes a broader learning experience and wider perspective than that provided by traditional undergraduate majors. The degree offers the student the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary, coherent, academically sound and goal-oriented education directly relevant to the student’s intellectual development and career aspirations. It is appropriate for those students who seek a thorough grounding in the traditional arts and sciences from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree is suitable for students with interests in business issues, communications, diversity, environmental studies, human resources, international relations, liberal arts and sciences, pre-health, pre-law and public relations. Students who are interested in adding teacher certification to their degree plan will work with the Teacher Development Center for certification advising and their Interdisciplinary Studies academic advisor.

Students will take 18 hours in their concentration and incorporate at least three different disciplines to make it diverse, individual and truly interdisciplinary. Students are encouraged to incorporate an internship to earn college credit and gain work experience.

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies is composed of the Texas Common Core Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Studies major core courses, two foundations, concentration, and other electives.

This degree requires 120 hours, of which 51 hours must be upper-division courses. Students must complete a minimum of 45 hours at UT Dallas to earn a degree.

Degree Plan Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies stands apart from other degrees because of its framework of two foundation areas and a multidisciplinary concentration, in addition to core curriculum requirements and electives. The purpose of the two foundation areas is to provide an intellectual base in two academic schools related to the student’s concentration. The concentration component permits a multidisciplinary investigation of an area, problem or theme meaningful to a student’s educational or career goals. The Interdisciplinary Studies major preparatory and core courses require the perspectives of more than one discipline. Lastly, the electives develop, increase or intensify a student’s studies.

The foundations and concentrations framework is explained in detail below. For more information on the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree and related courses, please refer to the academic catalog or set up an appointment with your academic advisor.


Interdisciplinary Studies foundations are drawn from the seven schools at UT Dallas. IS students choose any two foundations and take courses from that school. Each foundation must be a minimum of 12 hours in length. Students seeking teacher certification may also select an Education foundation. See your academic advisor for details.

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  1. Arts and Humanities (A&H)
  2. Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS)
  3. Computer Science (CS)
  4. Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS)
  5. Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)
  6. Management (MGT)
  7. Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM)


The concentration consists of 18 hours of courses and is the student’s opportu­nity to specialize in an area.  Together with your academic advisor, you will design your concentration to suit your particular interests.  Any topic is suitable for a concentration, as long as UT Dallas offers enough courses on the topic and the courses span at least three disciplines.  You should decide on a title for your concentration as early as possible and have your academic advisor put this title on your degree plan.

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Below is a list of concentration areas compiled from previous degree plans of Interdisciplinary Studies students. This is a list of the most often used concentrations chosen; however, you can construct your own concentration with the guidance of your academic advisor. Some of the courses in each sample concentration may require prerequisites or co-requisites.

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