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B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies

Program Plan of Study and Requirements

A unique interdisciplinary degree program offers students an opportunity to design a program of study that serves their needs and aspirations. This flexible degree, designed in response to appeals from corporate leaders, nurtures worldly thinkers who understand the intersections between technologies and humans.

Interdisciplinary Studies requires coursework in general education, a core curriculum, three minors, and open electives. General education provides a broad foundation of study, upon which the core expands. Core courses aim to enhance communication and analytical abilities and to help students gain an understanding of history, art, and literature, all of which shape an awareness of what it means to be human. Courses in the core also prepare students to discover meaningful connections among their three minors. The element of choice in Interdisciplinary Studies, primarily lodged in the selection of minor courses of study, allows them to explore the University’s offerings in search of a configuration that will help them attain future goals. In the capstone experience, each student engages in a cooperative education or internship experience or writes a senior thesis.

The flexibility of the Interdisciplinary Studies program allows students to design their own degree programs, by building on their individual strengths and interests. Depending on their choices, graduates can be prepared for careers in aviation and aerospace and related fields, business, the military, graduate studies, or law school. The Interdisciplinary Studies program seeks to graduate students with an entrepreneurial spirit who will cross boundaries, make creative connections, be flexible in a changing career environment, and become leaders in their chosen fields.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours. Included in the 120 credit hours must be 40 credit hours of upper-division courses (300-400 level). 

General Education Requirements

For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog. These minimum requirements are applicable to all degree programs. 

Communication Theory and Skills9
Lower-Level Humanities3
Lower-Level Social Sciences3
Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Computer Science3
Mathematics6
Physical and Life Sciences6
Total Credits36
Communication Theory and Skills
COM 122English Composition3
COM 219Speech3
COM 221Technical Report Writing3
COM 222Business Communication3
Humanities
Lower-Level
Western Humanities I: Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Western Humanities II: Renaissance to Postmodern
Studies in Literature
Introduction to Rhetoric
Studies in Art
Themes in the Humanities
Upper-Level
300-400 level
Social Sciences
Lower-Level
An Economic Survey *
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Introduction to Psychology
World History
U.S. History
History of Aviation in America
Upper-Level
Evolution of Scientific Thought
U.S Military History 1775-1900
U.S. Military History 1900-Present
International Studies
Russian-U.S. Relations
Current Issues in America
U.S. - Asian Relations
Contemporary Africa and the World
The Modern Middle East in World Affairs
Globalization and World Politics
U.S. Foreign Policy
Early U.S. Diplomacy
Inter-American Relations
*

EC 200 is not acceptable together with EC 210 or EC 211 or their equivalent.

Core Requirements/Categories

Aviation Foundation
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Aeronautical Science
Introduction to Space Flight
History of Aviation in America
Private Pilot Certificate
Humanities Survey
Select one of the following:3
Western Humanities I: Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Western Humanities II: Renaissance to Postmodern (Must be taken in addition to HU 140’s series course for General Education)
Management Foundation
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Management
International Business
Interdisciplinary Research and Skills
Select one of the following:3
Technology and Modern Civilization
Traversing the Borders: Interdisciplinary Explorations
International Perspectives
Select two of the following:6
U.S. Military History 1900-Present
International Studies
Russian-U.S. Relations
U.S. - Asian Relations
Contemporary Africa and the World
The Modern Middle East in World Affairs
Globalization and World Politics
U.S. Foreign Policy
Inter-American Relations
Philosophical Perspectives
Select one of the following:3
Values and Ethics
World Philosophy
Comparative Religions
Upper-Level Literature
Select one of the following:3
World Literature
Modern Literature
American Literature
Upper-Level Communication
Select one of the following:3
Science and Technology Communication
Aviation and Aerospace Communication
Environmental Communication
Media Relations I
Advanced Technical Writing
Nonverbal Communication
Communication and Organizational Culture
Communication and Society
Applied Cross-Cultural Communication
Capstone Experience
Select one of the following:3
CE 396/397 Cooperative Education
Senior Thesis
Total Credits30

Minors

Students must select three minor fields of study.  Required credits in each minor vary, depending on the minors chosen. See Minor Courses of Study in this catalog.

Total Credits45/54
Open Electives0-9
Total Degree Credits120