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Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

The Interdisciplinary Arts and Science (IAS) program offers students advanced interdisciplinary study across and beyond the fields traditionally associated with the arts and sciences.  The program balances breadth and depth that focuses on positioning students to participate in workplace and civic leadership in a democratic society, to enrich their personal lives and their communities, and to appreciate and care for the natural environment.  It is the goal of the program to promote lifelong learning.

The IAS program prepares students to become contributing and informed citizens in a global community. Specifically, the IAS program enhances UOG’s aspiration for students to attain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of an educated person, including the ability to think critically, to communicate effectively to identify and resolve problems reflectively, and to use information and technology responsibly; an appreciation for the creative and performing arts; and a basis for continued personal development and lifelong learning.

Within the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences major, students must declare an academic focus from among the following four options: 
  1. Culture, Literature and the Arts
  2. Global Studies
  3. Science, Technology and the Environment
  4. Society, Ethics and Human Behavior.

All options are infused with a multicultural perspective that incorporates opportunities to study and appreciate the beliefs, values, history, and the traditions of peoples within the United States and around the world.



  • A grade of C or better must be earned in all required Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences course;
  • A minimum of 45 credit hours of upper division course work;
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework must be taken from UOG;
  • No more than 12 of the 45 major credit hours may be counted toward the General Education requirements.



When students are ready to apply for admissions to the program, the student will:

  • Meet with the program coordinator to set up a formal interview with select program faculty;
  • Submit one letter of recommendation;
  • Submit an essay the topic and length shall be negotiated with the coordinator.



General Education Required Courses 55

Total Credit Hours Required within the major


Upper Division Coursework in the Major: 

Major Concentration: 21 cr hours minimum

Non-Major IAS Concentrations: 18 cr hours (6 credits in each of three)

Gateway and Capstone: 6 credit hours

Open Electives  24
Minimum Credit Hours Required for Degree 124



(Total: 45 Credit Hours)


Major Concentrations:

Students in the IAS Program must choose one major and complete 6 credit hours in each of the remaining three concentrations.  The four IAS Concentrations are:

  1. Culture, Literature and the Arts
  2. Global Studies
  3. Science, Technology and the Environment
  4. Society, Ethics and Human Behavior.


Global Studies Concentration:
  • AN320, AN/SO332, AN/HI413
  • GE101, GE201, GE401
  • HI121, HI122, HI201, HI202, HI211, HI243, HI306, HI371, HI372, HI406, HI409, HI420, HI444, HI450, HI474, HI476, HI480
  • PI103, PI210, PI301, PI302, PI306, PI348, PI480, PI481, PI486
  • PS100, PS202, PS215, PS225, PS304, PS310, PS412, PS300*
  • PY309

*Students concentrating in this area are required to take AN/HI413 or PS300


Culture, Art, and Literature Concentration:
  • AN212
  • AR102
  • CO310, CO320
  • EN210/H, EN311*, EN314, EN 317, EN 318, EN319*, EN320, EN/WG323, EN400*, EN/MI/WG461, EN480
  • FA/PI331
  • MU101, MU310, MU311
  • TH425, TH426

*Students concentrating in this are required to take EN311 or EN319 or EN400


Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior Concentration:
  • AN/GE341, AN/20405, AN/HI413*, AN421
  • CO106, CO330
  • PI101, PI102, PI481 (Topic – Ethic)
  • PS100, PS101, PS326, PS300*
  • PY100, PY201, PY202, PY413*, PY440, PY442, PY/WG455, PY475
  • SO101, SO202, SO/WG230, SO342, SO360, SO445, SO455, SO480
  • WG101

*Students concentrating in this are required to take AN/HI413 or PS300 or PY413


Science, Technology, and Environment Concentration:
  • AN222
  • BI100(L), BI103(L), BI110(L), BI157(L), BI158(L), BI201, BI212(L), BI310, BI315(L), BI410 BI412*
  • CH100(L), CH101(L), CH102(L), CH103(L), CH311*, CH312*, CH330(L)*, CH410(L)*
  • GE203, GE461, GE/SO475
  • MA151, MA385
  • NS101(L), NS102(L), NS110(L), NS112(L), NS230(L)
  • PH210
  • PI210, PI301, PI302, PI481
  • PY210(L)
  • SO/GE475

*Students concentrating in this area are required to take BI412 or CH311 or CH312 or CH330(L) or CH410(L)


Gateway and Capstone Courses (6 credit hours):

IAS 101: Gateway to Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

IAS 497: IAS Capstone Course


What careers are available to someone with a degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences?

  1. Foreign Service Officers
  2. Government Executives and Legislators
  3. News Analysts, Reporters, and Correspondents
  4. Postsecondary Teachers
  5. Public Interest Advocates
  6. Public Interest Lawyers