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1 An Overview of Interdisciplinary Studies
Welcome An Overview of Interdisciplinary Studies

2 WHAT WE WILL COVER Advising Team Tracks in the Major
University Requirements Transfer Credits Degree Requirements Online degree options Degree Audit Contact Information

3 About Interdisciplinary Studies
University-wide program Leads to a B.A. or a B.S. Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies Housed in the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies Designed for academic flexibility recognizing that there are many combinations of courses that meet the needs of individual students while still providing a strong curriculum and educational background.

4 Interdisciplinary Studies TEAM
From Left to Right: Lee Logan, Miguel Naranjo, Leah Josepher, Iris Rios, Dr. Michael Hampton, Jessica Broerman, Pete Wallace, Allison Ennis, not pictured Marcelle Turner and Ashley Eden

5 Interdisciplinary Studies Program Tracks
Interdisciplinary Studies track (B.A. or B.S.) Environmental Studies track (B.S.) Women’s Studies track (B.A.)

6 Interdisciplinary Studies Minors & Certificates
World Comparative Studies Environmental Studies Leadership Studies CERTIFICATES Cultural Tourism

7 University Requirements
University Credit Hour Requirement 120 Hours to Graduate 48 Hours of Upper Level 30 of your LAST 39 hours must be at UCF Nine hours of summer residency required Maintain at least a 2.0 UCF grade point average General Education Program 36 hours Gordon Rule Requirement 12 credit hours of Writing 6 credit hours of Math C (2.0) Minimum grade in each course CLAST Requirement Alternatives

8 What are Transfer Credits?
Any non-UCF college credits AP, CLEP, other colleges/universities Verify with both institutions that transcripts have been sent/received Make sure with your degree audit that your credits have been posted

9 Transfer Credits? What will count in areas?
Transfer credit from a regionally accredited University that is equivalent to a UCF course up to 15 hours What will not count in areas? Courses with S/U, P/F grades Test Credit (AP, CLEP)/Internship Credit Credit without course description or syllabus (Special Topics) What do we need? Course descriptions for any course that is not common course numbered or for a course that UCF does not offer Syllabi for any special topics courses

10 Why Meet With An Advisor?
Explain Interdisciplinary Studies Confirm major and course requirements Maintain and correct your degree audit Explain undergraduate policies and procedures Advising on GEP, Gordon Rule, Residency Requirement, Foreign Language and Transfer Credit For overrides, waivers, petitions, etc. See an advisor at least once a semester

11 Interdisciplinary Studies Expectations
Knights is the Official Communication of UCF. Please make sure that you sign up for a knights account today during the registration lab. (Graduation, Probation, Internships, IS News Letter, Etc.) While the advisors provide guidance and recommendations, the final decision on, and responsibility for your academic career rests on your shoulders. Your experience here will be most fruitful if you stay informed and visit with an advisor regularly. Evaluate your professors each semester for each class (all evaluations will soon be online).

12 Environmental And Women’s Studies Students Break-out

13 Interdisciplinary Studies Track
The most popular track (About 95% of our students) Consists of three different, non-overlapping, disciplines - two areas of study plus a minor from the list of minors offered at UCF Two core courses, cornerstone and capstone Individual plan of study developed working closely with advisor Great academic flexibility

14 Interdisciplinary Studies Track Begins on Page 192 in the 2009-2010 Catalog
54 Credits in the Major 6 credits in Two Core Courses IDS3933 Cornerstone Experience (1st semester in IS) IDS4934 Capstone Experience (last semester in IS) 30 credits in Two Subject Areas 15 credits each 18 credits (or more) in One Minor from UCF Of the 30 credits in the two subject areas, at least 15 credits must be upper level and at least 15 credits must be taken at UCF Students must consult with an Interdisciplinary Studies Advisor to enter the program B.A. requires one-year university level foreign language or proficiency or American sign language (SPA4614) B.S. requires one semester university level foreign language or proficiency or a multicultural course from our list

15 Interdisciplinary Studies Requirements
Students must adopt the most current catalog Students must declare an Interdisciplinary Studies major at least two semesters before Graduation Students must earn a least a “C”(2.0) in each core course (IDS3933 & IDS4934) and in all classes in both subject areas No courses can count in more than one subject area or in a subject area and a minor (No overlap) Independent Studies and Internships cannot be used in the subject areas without prior approval by the Director

16 Interdisciplinary Studies Track core courses
IDS Cornerstone Experience The Cornerstone course is meant to be taken at the beginning of your interdisciplinary studies experience. Interdisciplinary study essentials, including basic concepts and methodological tools, to synthesize material from disparate fields and apply them to academic plans and career goals. This course will include the history & definition of Interdisciplinarity, Academic information of the degree itself, and information on Careers and Graduate & professional schools. IDS Capstone Experience The Capstone course is meant to be taken at the end of your interdisciplinary studies experience. Student exposition of coursework demonstrating the understanding of interdisciplinary approaches and successful synthesis of interdisciplinary studies, applied to the course of study and academic/career goals. This course will bring together the knowledge across disciplines that has been developed.

17 Interdisciplinary Studies Track core courses
Cornerstone IDS3933 Students must be declared IS majors (not pending) Must have ENC1102 Should be in first or second semester in program One online section/one mixed mode section We maintain waiting lists when the class closes Capstone IDS4934 Must be in graduating semester Must have completed IDS3933 with “C” or higher Must get permission from IS Department Multiple online and mixed mode sections Online reserved for online and regional campus students only

18 Interdisciplinary Studies Track areas of study
Arts Behavioral & Social Sciences Commerce Communication Computational Sciences Education Engineering Health Humanities Letters & Modern Languages Life/Biomedical Sciences Physical Sciences Public Affairs

19 Interdisciplinary Studies Track UCF Minors (Listed by Areas)
Arts Behavioral & Social Sciences Art History Anthropology Art - Studio Anthropology in Multi Studies Dance International & Global Studies Digital Media North Amer. Indian Studies Film - Cinema Studies Political Science Music Political Science/Prelaw Theatre - General Psychology Sociology Commerce Communication Accounting Interpersonal/Organizational Comm. Business Magazine Journalism Economics Mass Communication Finance Hospitality Management Marketing Real Estate Entrepreneurship

20 Interdisciplinary Studies Track UCF Minors (Listed by Areas)
Computational Sciences Education Computer Science Coaching Information Technology Early Childhood Education Mathematics Education Statistics Exceptional Education Fitness Training Recreation Tech. Ed. & Industry Training English Lang. Arts Education Mathematics Education Science Education Social Science Education Engineering Health Engineering Leadership Communication Sci. & Disorder Secure Comp. & Network Health Information Mgt. Intelligent Robotic Systems Health Services Admin. Health Sciences

21 Interdisciplinary Studies Track UCF Minors (Listed by Areas)
Humanities Letters & Languages History English - Creative Writing Humanities English - Linguistics Judaic Studies English - Literature Middle Eastern Studies English – Tech. Communication Philosophy English - Writing Philosophy, Rel. & Pop French Religious Studies German Italian Spanish Life/Biomedical Science Physical Science Biology Astronomy Molec. Biology & Micro Chemistry Physics Public Affairs American Humanics Criminal Justice Emergency Mgt. & Homeland Security Legal Studies Public Administration Urban & Regional Planning

22 Interdisciplinary Studies Track UCF Minors (Listed by Areas)
Interdisciplinary & Multidisciplinary Minors (Can be combined with any area as long as no courses overlap) Aerospace Studies African American Studies Aging Studies American Studies Asian Studies Cognitive Sciences Environmental Studies Energy and Sustainability European Studies Interdisciplinary Informatics Technology Latin American Area Studies Leadership Studies Medieval & Renaissance Studies Military Science Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Technical Entrepreneurship Women’s Studies World Comparative Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies track is available at Regional Campuses and online Areas and minors available on Regional Campuses depend on the regional campus course offerings Example: Business minor and Commerce area will be available Palm Bay and South Lake but not at Leesburg Online only areas and minors are limited

24 (Completion of an AA degree is highly recommended)
Online Program Students must complete all University-wide graduation requirements (general education, foreign language, CLAST, Gordon Rule, etc.), some of which are not available via distributed learning. (Completion of an AA degree is highly recommended)

25 Online Program The on-line Interdisciplinary Studies Distance learning program is different only in that the areas and minors available to you are limited. The areas of study currently available on-line are: Areas of Study Minors Behav. & Social Sci Political Science, Sociology (limited) Education Tech. Ed. & Industry Training Health Health Service Administration Humanities History Letters Writing Public Affairs Criminal Justice (not guaranteed) Legal Studies (not guaranteed) Women’s Studies (Interdisciplinary Minor)

26 How to get a Degree Audit
Log in to myUCF, then… Select Student Self Service

27 How to get a Degree Audit
After Student Self Service, then… Other Academic Drop Down – Degree Audit

28 How to get a Degree Audit
Go to Submit Report

29 How to get a Degree Audit
Go to results tab and view audit

30 Areas for Employment Advertising/Marketing/Sales Public Relations/Spokesperson Business/Management Entrepreneurship/Freelance Work Law and Government Health Professions Education (Teaching) Writing, Technical or Creative Helping Professions Media and Entertainment Library Studies and many more!! Check out Career Services & Experiential Learning for more career information.

31 Helpful Resources University of Central Florida - ( Interdisciplinary Studies - ( Registrar’s Office - ( Student Academic Resource Center - ( University Testing Center - ( Career Services – ( Experiential Learning - ( Online Catalog - ( Academic Calendar - (

32 Contact the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies
Location: Classroom Building 1, Suite 302 Hours: Monday - Friday - 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. Phone Number: (407) Advising: Call or Stop by the office to schedule an appointment to meet with an academic advisor. (Appointments Preferred) Peer Advisors are available to assist with questions or concerns.

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