Interdisciplinary Studies

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Interdisciplinary studies (IDS) is a unique degree program that incorporates courses of study from more than one discipline. Students in IDS are able to synthesize broad perspectives, knowledge, skills, interconnections, and epistemology in an educational setting. Read More

Interdisciplinary Studies

Enrich Your Future Through Knowledge

The IDS staff works with students to design an Integrative Learning Plan (ILP) that allows students to make connections between separate disciplines as a way of creating academic depth through the comparison and contrasts of ideas and their applications.

Intended to provide versatility for students, the program focuses on students who desire the flexibility of a curriculum designed to balance work and life responsibilities with educational opportunities. The IDS program allows students to develop a unique learning experience that helps meet individual and professional goals.

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Mission Statement

Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) is a rigorous and unique degree program intended to provide versatility for students seeking to design an academic plan of coherent concentrations through the process of integrative learning. The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) provides students with a well-developed understanding of their Integrative Learning Plan (ILP) that encompasses a two or three-track plan of study utilizing multicultural and multidisciplinary perspectives. To meet the diverse social, cultural and educational needs of many UNO students, IDS offers a comprehensive program utilizing both on-campus and off-campus credit opportunities. The ILP and personal academic advising are hallmarks of the IDS degree program.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) in Interdisciplinary Studies

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a term used to describe learning gained outside a traditional academic environment. It is not credit for time on the job - it is an accredited system to measure what the student has learned through prior experience and assigning college level credit to that learning.

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Service Learning

Incoming freshmen and current students can enhance their studies at the UNO through community service. Also, visiting students from other universities can spend a semester in New Orleans doing something truly significant through service learning at UNO.

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