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.

What can I do with an IDS Degree?

Mission Statement

Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) is a rigorous and unique degree program that offers students the versatility to design academic plans through the process of integrative learning. Indeed, Integrative Learning Plans (ILP) and personal academic advising are the hallmarks of the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree program. Working closely with their advisors, IDS students develop ILPs comprised of two- or three-discipline study plans that integrate multicultural and multidisciplinary perspectives. To meet UNO students’ diverse social, cultural, and educational needs, IDS offers both on-campus and online credit-earning opportunities.


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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