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About UCCS Interdisciplinary Studies

An interdisciplinary degree allows students to merge multiple interests to create a unique degree. 

The Interdisciplinary Studies Department allows students to pursue degrees that are comprised of two or more study areas. Students can create their own unique degrees while having more flexibility in their selected courses. 

Academic Focus

An Interdisciplinary Studies degree should include all of the following elements:

  • A clear and persuasive case for the interdisciplinary nature of the problem or question.
  • Representative courses from at least two departments in LAS or from at least one department in LAS and one department in another college.
  • A minimum of 36 credits, 27 of which must be from courses at the 3000-level or higher.
  • A creative project, community outreach, social action project, internship or education abroad or nationally.
  • A SUMMIT course that demonstrates the fusion and integration of the fields studied.

The courses you choose to include should reflect your career goals and interests as well as the marketability of your skillset. We want to make sure there are employment opportunities that involve the unique combination of knowledge and skills you will gain from this customized degree.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Interdisciplinary Studies degree program is to provide students with a transformative educational experience that fosters intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and a holistic understanding of complex global challenges.

Our program is designed to empower students to explore diverse academic disciplines, integrate knowledge and perspectives from multiple fields, and cultivate the skills necessary for lifelong learning, adaptability, and success in a rapidly changing world.

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Faculty & Staff

Janice Thorpe is the Director of the INDS degree. However, given the nature of an INDS program, the faculty you encounter may be housed in a separate department within the College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences or other UCCS colleges.