Interdisciplinary Studies B.A./B.S.


Mission Statement

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree provides an innovative alternative to traditional academic programs. Students in this program select two disciplinary concentrations (such as Visual Media and History or Education and Psychology), which combine to become the equivalent to a single major. The ability to study multiple disciplines allow students to tailor their degree to their own academic interest or career objectives. In the process of working through an individualized degree, students learn superior communication skills and gain experience in creative and critical thinking. To supplement the students’ concentrations, the program features a series of core interdisciplinary courses that teach students how to synthesize the methodologies of multiple disciplines and develop unique solutions to complex contemporary problems.

Learning Outcomes

Students earning an Interdisciplinary Studies degree will be able to:

  • synthesize a personalized set of outcomes and independently work towards achieving them. Early in the program, the Interdisciplinary Studies student will work with the ISC faculty to develop these outcomes and create a plan for demonstrating them upon program completion.
  • critically and creatively research, write, and present in a way that makes logical and theoretical connections between multiple areas of study, especially in the student’s selected disciplines. Students will be able to recognize the strengths and limitations of various disciplinary perspectives and integrate these perspectives to present unique solutions to complex problems.
  • demonstrate a mastery of their personalized outcomes. This outcome is illustrated by the completion of a final capstone project or a comparable series of smaller projects.


  • Admittance to the Interdisciplinary Studies program requires an initial application which clearly states the applicant’s academic objectives and a proposed plan for achieving them. This application must be approved by the Academic Advisor and the 60+ Faculty Advisor for the Interdisciplinary Studies program. Both approvals are required before admittance.

Program Completion Requirements:

  1. A minimum of 120 credits must be earned with 40 or more credits in courses numbered 300 or above. A minimum of 32 credits must be completed at Nevada State College. 60 of the 120 credits must be earned at four-year colleges and universities. A maximum of four credits applicable to the BA or BS in Interdisciplinary Studies degree may be earned in recreation, physical education and dance activity courses.
  2. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.25 for all courses attempted at the college and an overall grade point average of at least 2.25 must be earned within the program.
  3. The individualized curriculum contains at least 40 hours of upper division coursework.
  4. A student graduates with a Bachelor of Science if their concentration emphasis is in the sciences or with a Bachelor of Arts if their concentration emphasis is in the social sciences or humanities.


College Core Curriculum (31-45)

English (3-8 credits)

Refer to the English section of the Core Curriculum

Study and Technology Skills (0-3 credits)

Refer to the Study and Technology Skills section of the Core Curriculum

Mathematics (3-5 credits)

Refer to the Mathematics section of the Core Curriculum

Natural Sciences (7-8 credits)

Refer to the Natural Sciences section of the Core Curriculum

Social Sciences (3 credits)

Refer to the Social Sciences section of the Core Curriculum

Fine Arts (3 credits)

Refer to the Fine Arts section of the Core Curriculum

Humanities (6 credits)

Refer to the Humanities section of the Core Curriculum

Constitution (3-6 credits)

Refer to the Constitution section of the Core Curriculum

Cultural Diversity (3 credits)

Refer to the Cultural Diversity section of the Core Curriculum

Interdisciplinary Studies Core (6)

ISC 300Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies


ISC 495Capstone Course: Interdisciplinary Studies


One 24-credit or 25-credit Concentration and one 18-credit Minor, approved by advisor(s).

At least nine credits in the concentration and minor must be upper division.

18-credit Minors

Refer to the Minor Section of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the School of Education for details.

Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Counseling (emphasis in Addiction Treatment & Prevention)
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • Environmental and Resource Science
  • Ethnic Studies
  • History
  • Law Enforcement
  • Mathematics
  • Professional Writing
  • Promotion
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Visual Media


  • Education/Instruction

Summary of Credits for the Bachelor of Arts/Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

 College Core Curriculum
 Interdisciplinary Studies Core
 24 or 25 credit Concentration & 18 credit Minor
 Electives (at least 18 credits must be Upper Division
 Total Credits