Interdisciplinary Studies

About Interdisciplinary Studies

The Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) degree may be for returning students who:

  • Want the flexibility to align their coursework with interests that may have changed while they have been away
  • Have moved away from the Wilmington area and their previous degree cannot be completed online
  • Want to earn a degree to increase their employment prospects, as well as opportunities for advancement in their current fields

Specific Criteria for admission into the major:

  • Earned at least 70 hours of college credit, with at least 12 hours being earned at UNCW
  • In good academic standing (cumulative GPA from all institutions attended is a 2.0 or better)
  • Not enrolled at UNCW for at least the last two consecutive regular (fall, spring) semesters
  • Not seeking a second bachelor's degree or a double major

If you meet these requirements and are interested in learning more about this major, please contact the advisor. She will be able to look over your previous coursework and discuss graduation requirements with you.  Students need to be approved for IDS major before applying for readmission.

Interdisciplinary Studies Advisor

Wilson_8122.jpg Carly Wilson, M.S.Ed. 
Academic Services Advisor, College of Arts and Sciences
910-962-2401
wilsonca@uncw.edu

 

 

 

Student Learning Outcomes for the Major

  • Students will use critical thinking skills to see connections between disciplinary fields in their area of concentration. (Foundational Knowledge, Critical Thinking)
  • Students will communicate critically about global problems using knowledge, diverse cultural frames of reference, and alternate perspectives. (Global Citizenship, Thoughtful Expression, Critical Thinking)
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to make links between their interdisciplinary intellectual inquiries and their own ethical positions in terms of contemporary challenges facing individuals, communities, and societies. (Inquiry, Global Citizenship)

Student Learning Outcomes for the Core

  • Global Perspectives

    The student will:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of global issues, processes, trends, and systems. [Foundational Knowledge]
    • Demonstrate knowledge, diverse cultural frames of reference, and alternate perspectives to think critically and solve problems. [Foundational Knowledge, Inquiry, Critical Thinking, Diversity, Global Citizenship]
    • Show reflection on the intellectual and ethical dimensions of cultural difference, global dynamics, and/or global citizenship. [Global Citizenship]
  • Intellectual Inquiry and Contemporary Issues

    The student will:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary social issues and conditions related to racism, sexism, crime, poverty, and deviance. [Foundational Knowledge]
    • Report on possible solutions to ethical dilemmas and societal institutions and systems. [Critical Thinking]
    • Evaluate theories and arguments related to the ways in which diversity has shaped and continues to shape identity and experience in the U.S. [Foundational Knowledge, Inquiry, Critical Thinking]
  • Critical Reasoning

    The student will:

    • Portray and evaluate researched or derived information or mathematical data accurately and appropriately, and to convert or translate information or data into different, but appropriate forms. [Inquiry, Information Literacy]
    • Synthesize viewpoints, quantitative data, or interpretations of experts and stakeholders. [Foundational Knowledge, Inquiry, Information Literacy]
    • Analyze systematically the relevance and limitations of their own methods, perspectives, or quantitative data. [Inquiry, Critical Thinking]
    • Articulate complex, logical, and informed (by researched or derived information and/or quantitative analysis) inferences and/or conclusions. [Critical Thinking, Thoughtful Expression]

Student Learning Outcomes for the Option

  • Arts and Humanities

    The student will:

    • Describe and explain major terms, concepts, methods, and principles in at least one of the arts and humanities disciplines. (Foundational Knowledge)
    • Demonstrate the ability to accurately represent, contextualize, and critically analyze historical, philosophical, religious, literary and/or artistic perspectives within and between groups, regions, or ideologies/traditions. (Inquiry, Critical Thinking)
    • Write and speak critically about historical, philosophical, religious, artistic and/or literary works, expressing such thinking by using the conventions and language of one of those disciplines. (Thoughtful Expression)
  • Enterprise and Economy

    The student will:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of current information, theories, models, and techniques in the business disciplines of Accounting, Business Law, Economics, Finance, Information Technology, Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. (Foundational Knowledge)
    • Demonstrate the ability to quantitatively and qualitatively evaluate information and solve business problems. (Information Literacy, Critical Thinking)
    • Demonstrate the ability to apply and synthesize the functional areas of business to make sound business decisions. (Critical Thinking)
    • Articulate how an interdisciplinary perspective facilitates a better understanding of industry within a global marketplace. (Thoughtful Expression)
  • Global and International Studies

    The student will:

    • Demonstrate foundational and specific knowledge of global issues, processes, trends, and policies. (Foundational Knowledge)
    • Demonstrate the skills necessary to make critical, informed evaluations and judgments about global issues, processes, trends, and policies. (Information Literacy, Critical Thinking)
    • Present a clear and concise interdisciplinary analysis of a global issue, process, trend, or policy. (Thoughtful Expression)
  • Human Wellbeing

    The student will:

    • Describe and explain major terms, concepts, methods, and principles in psychology, social work, and/or health sciences. (Foundational Knowledge)
    • Demonstrate the skills necessary to make critical, informed evaluations and judgments about human wellbeing. (Inquiry, Critical Thinking)
    • Present a clear and concise interdisciplinary analysis of a human wellbeing issue, trend, or policy. (Thoughtful Expression)
  • Science and Technology

    The student will:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of basic principles, theories, and laws as well as an awareness of the changing nature of science and technology. (Foundational Knowledge)
    • Analyze, and evaluate scientific hypotheses and theories using rigorous methodologies and approaches from the sciences (including statistical and mathematical techniques). (Inquiry, Critical Thinking)
    • Write and speak critically about the essential questions addressed by science and technology, expressing such thinking by using the conventions and language of one of those disciplines. (Thoughtful Expression)
  • Social Institutions and Human Behavior

    The student will:

    • Describe and explain major terms, concepts, methods, and principles in at least one of the social and behavioral sciences. (Foundational Knowledge)
    • Demonstrate the ability to integrate scientific principles and evidence to resolve conflicting claims in the social and behavioral sciences. (Inquiry, Critical Thinking)
    • Articulate how the social and behavioral sciences can provide explanations of social issues and inform public policy. (Thoughtful Expression)