The Interdepartmental Studies Program offers a undergraduate major, where students choose one of four tracks for the major: applied human services, business studies, health science, or an individualized plan of study. The individualized plan of study track is selective; students must apply and be admitted to this track before they may declare it. The other three tracks are open; students may declare them without an application. All course offerings and more detailed requirements are available in the UI General Catalog.

CLAS Residence Requirement

All students in any major offered by CLAS must complete the 30 semester hour CLAS residence requirement in order to earn a CLAS degree. Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit from courses administered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or otherwise designated as carrying residence credit.

Courses offered by the Departments of Biochemistry, Microbiology, Economics, and Science Studies (formerly Science Education) are offered by the Colleges of Medicine, Business, and Education. Courses offered by these departments do not generally count for the CLAS residence requirement. However, if you earn a major from one of these departments, the credit hours of the courses applied to the major will be counted toward the CLAS residence requirement. Only the undergraduate majors from the departments listed above qualify for this exception.

For more information, visit the Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree (CLAS Residence Requirement) policy.


Different track options to help you get your degree




Available Majors to choose from

Bachelor of Arts in Interdepartmental Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdepartmental Studies allows you to choose one of four directed tracks
or choose to design your own in an individualized plan of study.

Learning Outcomes

After completing any one of the three tracks—Applied Human Services, Business Studies, or Health Science—in the Interdepartmental Studies major, students will:

  • possess the mathematical skills to present and understand data and to create probability models, or to design, analyze, and interpret research using a correlational design;
  • understand how social and/or political issues shape economic behavior, or how key anthropological concepts assist in comprehending global or societal problems; and
  • synthesize key concepts or techniques related to the track they are pursuing.

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Learn more about the program, including courses, curriculum, and requirements here.