Self Design Concentration

The Self Design interdisciplinary concentration is available exclusively to students pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (or College of Education students pursuing Liberal Studies).

The concentration provides students with the opportunity to design their own academic or focus area theme of study (concentration) and is ideal for students who’s academic or career goals are not met by the University’s current extensive offering of undergraduate programs and/or minors. Students, with the support of their Interdisciplinary Studies advisor, propose a Self Design concentration, which must be approved by the Interdisciplinary Studies program Director. The Self Design concentration may be used to help prepare students for advance academic studies, career preparation, or personal interest and development.

Proposals for Self Design concentrations should include a brief rational for the concentration, as well as an outline of specific courses (totaling 18 credits), from two or more disciplines, and should include at least 2 courses (6 credits) at the upper division (300/400) level. Approved Self Design concentrations must be combined with one or two established concentrations for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.

To learn more about creating your own Interdisciplinary Studies Self Design Concentration please contact the IDS Program.

Examples of Approved Self Design Themes

  • Active Mind Development Beyond the Classroom
  • Advertising Applications
  • Educational Ethics
  • Exceptional Children in Society
  • Health and Wellness Programming
  • Health and Life Sciences
  • Social Psychology Communications
  • Wellness, Mind and Body
  • Women and the Global Landscape