Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Program
The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies is a unique and rigorous degree program
administered by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at the University of New
Orleans. The program provides versatility for students seeking to design an academic
plan of coherent concentrations through the process of integrative learning. Interdisciplinary
Studies (IDS) provides students with a well-developed understanding of an Integrative
Learning Plan (ILP) that encompasses a minimum track plan of study. Students develop
a learning experience that helps meet individual and professional goals while balancing
work and life responsibilities with educational opportunities. To meet the diverse
social, cultural and educational needs of students, IDS offers a comprehensive program
utilizing both on-campus and off-campus credit opportunities.
Specific requirements for the degree are:
- General Education Component
IDS 1001 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies. 5
Integrative Learning Plan: Completion of an interdisciplinary component, representing
a clearly defined focus of studies, with a minimum grade point average of 2.25. The
component will consist of at least two subjects for a combined total of 36 hours,
with at least half (18-credit hours) to be completed after enrolling in the IDS program.
IDS 3091 Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone.7
Single-Subject Limitation: A maximum of 30 hours of course work in any one subject
can be counted toward credit for the degree. For this purpose, all course work offered
in the College of Business Administration will be regarded as a single subject. The
same is true for the College of Education and Human Development and the College of
Completion of a minimum of 45 hours of courses numbered 3000 or above, with a grade
point average of 2.0 (C) or better.
Completion of a minimum of 120 hours of course work in courses numbered 1000 and above,
with a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better.
No more than one-half the semester hours required for the completion of the IDS degree
may be transferred from a 2-yr community college.
The last 30 hours of coursework must be completed in degree residency while enrolled
with Interdisciplinary Studies.
The University of New Orleans is in full compliance with Louisiana Act 356.
- Completion of English 1157 and 1158 or 1159 with a grade of C or better.
- Three hours of literature from any department.
- Six hours of mathematics numbered 1000 or above.1
- Nine hours of science to include a six hour sequence of one science and three hours
of another. One of the sciences must be biology and the other one must be chemistry,
earth and environmental sciences, or physics.
- Six hours of humanities, to include at least two different subject areas and at least
one course above the freshman level.2
- Six hours of social sciences, to include at least two different subject areas and
at least one course above the freshman level.3
- Three hours of art.4
CURRICULUM IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
General Education Course Requirements
|English 1157, 1158 (or 1159)
||6 Cr. Hrs.
Degree Specific Requirements
|Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies5
|Integrative Learning Plan (ILP)6
|Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone7
|Electives and ILP Prerequisites8
- Mathematics 1021-1023 may not be used to meet this requirement.
- Humanities include course work selected from the Departments of English, Film, Theatre
and Communication Arts, Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy and/or Women’s and
Gender Studies. Transfer course work in religious studies may be applied to fulfill
- Social sciences include course work selected from the Departments of Anthropology,
Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and/or Urban Studies.
- Arts include course work selected from the Departments of Film, Theatre and Communication
Arts, Fine Arts and/or Music. Transfer course work in landscape architecture, dance
and/or interior design may be applied to fulfill this requirement.
- The IDS Introductory Seminar is required of all IDS students within their first two
semesters of enrollment. Students will engage in an interactive learning experience
exploring the principles of integrative learning. This course will be taught utilizing
distance learning. This course is graded Pass/Fail.
- Integrative Learning Plan (ILP) must contain at least 2 subject areas with course
selections representing a central theme or concentration including no more than 18
hours from any one subject area. For the purposes of this restriction, all course
work offered in the Colleges of Business, Engineering, or Education and Human Development
will be considered as single subject areas.
- Independent Study Capstone course for Interdisciplinary Studies majors including readings,
advising, reflection paper and oral presentation. In this course IDS majors will
build on their knowledge of interdisciplinary relationships between distinct academic
disciplines in order to write their final reflection paper and to present an oral
report on their integrative learning experience. This course is graded Pass/Fail.
- Electives will contain other creditable course work that may include prerequisites
and elective courses to support the ILP or other interests.
Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies
Students wishing to earn departmental honors in any major should contact the Director
of the University Honors Program for guidance. Interdisciplinary Studies students
should ordinarily declare their intent to complete the IDS degree with honors when
they initially submit their integrative learning plan (ILP) for departmental approval.
IDS majors who wish to graduate with honors must meet the following requirements:
- a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 within the ILP, and an overall grade
point average of at least 3.25;
- successful completion of a Senior Honors thesis (directly related to the ILP title)
which includes earning six hours of Arts and Sciences 3999 and an oral defense. Students
must arrange for a faculty member from the ILP component, with approval of the IDS
Director or their representative, to direct the thesis. The thesis is to be defended
orally before a committee composed of the thesis director, a representative of the
IDS department, and a representative of the honors program.
UL Organizational Leadership Degree Program
UNO Concentration- Cultural and Arts Institutions
60-hour completer program- 5 terms per academic year
Concentration or Focus Area Required courses will be taken by students in years 3
and 4 (18 hours)
|AADM 3300 Basic Overview of Theatre for Arts Administrators
|AADM 3301 Basic Overview of Visual Arts for Arts Administrators
|| 3 Cr.
|AADM 3302 Basic Overview of Music for Arts Administrators
|| 3 Cr.
|AADM 4300 Basic Concepts of Development for Arts Administrators
|| 3 Cr.
|AADM 4302 Basics of Arts Marketing
|| 3 Cr.
|AADM 4310 Cultural and Arts Institutions Capstone / Decision Making for Arts Managers
|| 3 Cr.
Concentration or Focus Area Electives will be taken by students in years 3 and 4 (12
|AADM 4303 Technology for Arts Administrators
|AADM 4304 Economic Context of the Arts
|AADM 4305 Arts and the Law
|ANTH 3750 Food and Culture
|ENGL 4043 New Orleans Literature
|SOC 4150 (prerequisite of SOC 1051) Sociology of Popular Culture
|GEOG 3190 Special Topics in Regional Geography
|Social Science/ Humanities/Arts at 3000-4000 level
Organizational Leadership Core Courses taught across the consortium of nine UL campuses
will be taken by students in years 3 and 4 (30 hours)
|ORGL 3000- Intro to Organizational Leadership Concepts and Principles
|ORGL 3110 Professional Writing
|ORGL 3140 Diversity and Intercultural Understanding in a Global context
|ORGL 3170 Concepts and Technologies of Organizational Communication
|ORGL 3210 Principles of Team Leadership in Project Management
|ORGL 3240 Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis
|ORGL 3270 Laws and Ethics Applied to Organizations
|ORGL 3340 Critical Thinking and Analytics
|ORGL 3350 Issues in Organizational Effectiveness
|ORGL 3370 Strategic Planning Within Organizational Cultures