Interdisciplinary Studies MA Curriculum

(in effect starting Fall 2019)

Required Interdisciplinary Studies courses: 6 hours
Primary Concentration Area: 15 hours
Secondary Concentration Area: 12 hours

Total Program Credit Hours: 33 hours
(at least 15 hours must be at the 7000 level or above)

The primary area must be housed within the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences or the College of Social Sciences and Communication – current options include:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History and Studio Art
  • Applied Communication (Speech)
  • Criminal Justice
  • English (Literature / Creative Writing)
  • History
  • Mass Communication
  • Music
  • Public Administration (including Non-Profit Studies)
  • Rhetoric and Writing (Professional and Technical Writing)

Other programs, such as Political Science or World Languages, may also be able to offer 15 hours. Contact the graduate coordinator if you are interested in these programs. Sciences and Mathematics are available for primary or secondary areas of study as well. If you are interested in pursuing math or science disciplines, please contact us. You are also encouraged to check with the department(s) in which you are interested for details on graduate-level course offerings.

The secondary area may be any of the disciplines listed above, or any of the other disciplines below: 

Other options (outside of College of ALS and College of SSC) for a secondary area:

  • Education
  • Gerontology
  • Health and Human Performance
  • Social Work
  • Business [e.g., Economics, Management, Advertising]

The required courses in Interdisciplinary Studies are:

  • IDST 7310: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies (1st or 2nd semester)
  • IDST 7391: Interdisciplinary Capstone (final semester)

The capstone project will be structured and completed in consultation with the Interdisciplinary Capstone instructor and one advisor from each of your two concentration areas.

“I was able to combine two areas of study that I love; History and Political Science. Also, this keeps my options open for PhD programs as I can choose, possibly, to ‘go either route.'” – MAIS alum


For more information, contact Dr. Norton:
Phone: 501-569-3312