Degree Requirements

To graduate with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies:

  • Students must complete a minimum of 122 hours.
    • Up to 61 hours transferred from an accredited community college may count toward the degree.
    • 61 hours must be from an accredited four-year university.
    • 36 hours must be upper-level (3000 and above) emphasis area course work.
    • The final 32 hours of course work must come from MSU. Request to deviate from this rule must be submitted in writing to and approved by your advisor prior to enrolling in the desired course: Request to Enroll Off Campus.
  • Students will be required to submit a letter, requesting official acceptance to the program, to be taken to the BSIS Committee for review. This will allow students to change their major from Pre-Interdisciplinary Studies (PRIS) to Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS).
  • Students must have: (all three)
    • a 2.00 GPA per emphasis area
    • a 2.00 MSU GPA
    • a 2.00 overall GPA in order to graduate.
  • Students are required to take IDS 4111 Professional Seminar during the semester in which they plan to graduate. This course is intended to help prepare students for the job market and/or further study beyond this undergraduate degree. This is a one-hour course that requires use of the Career Center's handbook (no charge). This course will provide Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS) students with information, tools, and skills to make career decisions that coincide with their career goals. The objectives of the course are to develop career planning skills for use throughout a lifetime; to explore occupations, graduate schools, or professional programs consistent with one’s skills, abilities, values, and interests; learn to identify occupations that may be of interest. This course will also provide you with skills to be competent in executing the mechanics of the job search process, to gain understanding about the world of work, and to develop clear verbal and written communications. Students must have a web camera and microphone on their computers.