Interdisciplinary Studies A.A.S.

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Minimum Requirements for Interdisciplinary Studies A.A.S.: 60 credits

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
A.A.S. Degree Requirements
Complete the A.A.S. degree requirements.15
Interdisciplinary Studies Program Requirements
Select coursework from more than one discipline to create a cohesive body of knowledge for a minimum of 30 credits. Courses must be approved by three faculty, the dean of UAF Community and Technical College, the director of undergraduate interdisciplinary studies and the UAF vice provost.30
INDS F281Interdisciplinary Associate Degree Portfolio1
Electives to total minimum credit requirement
Total Credits60

See the Admission Requirements tab for more information on the approval process for the program requirements for the interdisciplinary studies major.

Note: Any changes to an approved interdisciplinary proposal need to be approved by the chair of your committee by petition and by the vice provost.

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Admission Requirements

Interdisciplinary degrees have a special approval process. Students may apply for admission or change their major to the Interdisciplinary Studies A.A.S. major, but in order to graduate with this major, students’ majors must be reviewed and approved. Students who have been admitted to, or who wish to change their major to Interdisciplinary Studies should start by scheduling an appointment with an advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies to get started on their academic planning and the approval process. 

Building an individualized Interdisciplinary Studies major takes time, effort, and commitment from the student, and it is ultimately a student’s responsibility to make sure things are done well and on time. However, they will have the guidance of a multidisciplinary, three-person faculty committee and the help of the Office of Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies along the way. Students will work with their faculty committee and a UIS advisor to choose their major’s title, courses, and learning outcomes, which they will document on an Interdisciplinary Studies A.A.S. Degree Approval Form. Once the form is drafted, students must have a formal faculty committee meeting to get feedback and apply edits and faculty suggestions. The form is then signed by the student, their faculty committee, the director of the UIS, the dean of the Community and Technical College, and the dean of the Division of Exploratory Studies & Academic Success. The approved title of a student’s interdisciplinary major will appear on their transcript and diploma when they graduate as follows: “Your Title: Interdisciplinary Studies.” 

Interdisciplinary Studies A.A.S. Degree Approval Forms should be submitted and signed by all parties before the student's last semester. 

Additional guidance can be found on the Office of Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies website and by meeting with an interdisciplinary studies advisor.

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Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes are measurable statements that describe knowledge or skills achieved by students upon completion of the program.

Students graduating from this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate strong communication and human relations skills and explain how they connect to achieving success within their interdisciplinary focus areas
  • Connect concepts across disciplines
  • Demonstrate practical applications of academic concepts related to their interdisciplinary areas of focus