B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies

Students will:

  • Evaluate problems or challenges within a career field related to their minors.
  • Use digitally-enabled technology to interpret data.
  • Apply meaningful interdisciplinary research to a capstone project or document that correctly uses an approved documentation system.
  • Communicate disciplinary concepts through written, digital, and oral presentations for technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Synthesize information from various disciplines related to their minors into a comprehensive understanding.

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
Humanities - Lower level 3
Social Sciences - Lower level 3
Humanities or Social Sciences - Lower or Upper level 3
Humanities or Social Sciences - Upper level 3
Computer Science3
Physical and Life Sciences6
Total Credits36

Interdisciplinary Core Requirements

Aviation/Aerospace Foundation
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Aeronautical Science
Introduction to Space Flight
History of Aviation in America
Private Pilot Certificate
Management Foundation3
Principles of Management
Global Focus
Select two of the following:6
International Business
Management of Multicultural Workforce
International Conflict Resolution
Gender Security
Theories of Nations and Nationalism
Modern Russian History
Russian-U.S. Relations
U.S. - Asian Relations
Contemporary Africa and the World
The Modern Middle East in World Affairs
Globalization and World Politics
Inter-American Relations
World Literature
Arab Culture
World Philosophy
Comparative Religions
Communication and Society
International Studies
Study Abroad course (s) with permission of advisor
Philosophical Perspectives
Select one of the following:3
Cannot duplicate courses from any other category
Values and Ethics
World Philosophy
Comparative Religions
Enhanced Communication/Humanities
Select three of the following:9
Cannot duplicate courses from any other core category
One course must be an Upper Level Communications course
Advanced Speech
Mass Communication Law and Ethics
Aviation and Aerospace Communication
Mass Media and Current Events
Social Media Communication
Environmental Communication
Public Relations
Communication and Organizational Culture
Advanced Technical Writing
Nonverbal Communication
Crisis Communication
Special Topics in Communication
Video Production
Special Topics in Communication
World Literature
Modern Literature
American Literature
Exploring Film
Values and Ethics
Cross-Cultural Communication
Technology and Modern Civilization
Interdisciplinary Explorations
World Philosophy
Comparative Religions
Creative Writing
Communication and Society
Special Topics in Humanities
Nonverbal Communication
Special Topics in Humanities
Research Methods
Select one of the following:3
Communication Research Theory and Methods
Nonverbal Communication
Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals
Nonverbal Communication
Data Driven Decision Making
Research Design
and Research Methods Laboratory
Capstone Experience
Select one of the following:3
CE 396/397 Cooperative Education
Senior Thesis
Total Credits30

Interdisciplinary Studies Minor/Breadth Area Requirements

Students must select two or three minor areas of study. If they choose two minors, they must also complete a breadth area. Required credits for minors vary.
Breadth Area
If students choose to complete two, rather than three minors, they must have a breadth area consisting of a coherent block of 15 credits, six (6) of which must be upper-level courses. Breadth areas must be approved by the IS advisor.
Total Credits45/54
Open Electives0-9
Total Degree Credits120
Year One
COM 122 English Composition 3
AS 120 Principles of Aeronautical Science 3
Introduction to Space Flight
History of Aviation in America
or Private Pilot License
UNIV 101 College Success 1
Mathematics (depends on Minors) 6
COM 219 Speech 3
CS 118 Fundamentals of Computer Programming 3
Introduction to Computing for Engineers
Foundations in Business Data Analytics
Scientific Programming in C
Computer and Network Technologies
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
HU 14X Elective 3
Lower Level Social Science 3
 Credits Subtotal28.0
Year Two
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
Business Communication
Lower or Upper Level HU/SS Elective 3
Physical & Life Science Electives with Lab (depending on minor) 6
Upper Level HU or SS Elective 3
Minor #1 course 3
Minor #2 course 3
Minor #3 course or Breadth course 3
Global Focus Elective 3
HU 330 Values and Ethics 3
World Philosophy
Comparative Religions
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Year Three
Enhanced Communication/Humanities Electives 6
MK 355 Data Driven Decision Making 3
Minor Area 1 6
Minor Area 2 6
Minor Area 3 or Breadth Area 6
Global Focus Elective 3
CE 396 Coop 3
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Year Four
Minor Area 1 6-9
Minor Area 2 6-9
Minor Area 3 or Breadth Area 6-9
Enhanced Communication/Humanities Elective 3
HU 475 Senior Thesis (if unable to complete Coop/Internship) 3
Open Electives (dependent on Minors or Breadth area) 5-9
 Credits Subtotal29.0-42.0
 Credits Total: 120