2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 07, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A./B.S.)

College of Undergraduate Studies
Office of Interdisciplinary Studies,
Classroom I, Room: 302
Email: is@ucf.edu

Phone: 407-823-0144

Interdisciplinary Studies is a university-wide program leading to either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, depending on the concentration of work selected in consultation with an Interdisciplinary Studies advisor. The program is administered through the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and is designed for academic flexibility. It recognizes that there are many combinations of courses that meet the needs of individual students. 

Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A. or BS) may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

Admission Requirements

  • None

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Students must have declared an Interdisciplinary Studies major at least two semesters before graduation.
  • Research, Internship, and Independent study credit cannot be used in this major without prior approval from Interdisciplinary Studies. Meet with a college advisor for additional information.
  • Co-op credit cannot be used in this major.
  • Students must earn at least a “C” (2.0) in each core and restricted elective course.
  • Students must consult with a college adviser to enter the program.
  • Courses designated in 1 (General Education Program) and 2 (Common Program Prerequisites) are usually completed in the first 60 hours.
  • No courses can count in more than one subject area or in a subject area and a minor.
  • Students wishing to earn an Interdisciplinary Studies degree as a double degree, double major, or second major, must complete all restricted elective credits exclusive of the credits done for the other degree(s) or major(s), including any minors associated with that degree or degrees.

General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Science Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Common Program Prerequisites (CPP)

  • None

Core Requirements: Basic Level (6 Credit Hours)

Core Requirements: Advanced Level

  • None

Restricted Electives (30 Credit Hours)

  • Students must complete two different subject area concentrations from among those specified below.
  • Students must take a minimum of 15 hours of approved courses in each selected subject area (excluding GEP courses). Courses are considered approved only when they have been reviewed by an Interdisciplinary Studies adviser and not simply when they appear on a student audit.
  • Students are required to take a minimum of 15 UCF hours, as well as 15 upper division hours, in the two areas combined.
  • The program will maintain a list of approved courses; substitutions require recommendation by an advisor and approval by the program director.
  • Up to three hours of undergraduate research, with a minimum grade of C (2.0), may be applied to restricted electives with prior program approval.
  • Up to three hours of internship, whether graded or S/U, may be applied to restricted electives with prior program approval.
  • See the Interdisciplinary Studies Advising Team for details regarding each area:
    • Arts
    • Behavioral and Social Sciences
    • Commerce
    • Communication
    • Computational Sciences
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Health
    • Humanities
    • Letters and Modern Languages
    • Physical Sciences
    • Life/Biomedical Sciences
    • Public Affairs

Capstone Requirements


  • Select primarily from upper level courses, with an Interdisciplinary Studies adviser’s approval.

Foreign Language Requirements


  • BA: Met by graduation requirement.
  • BS: Two years high school, or one year college language (or equivalent proficiency exam) prior to graduation.
  • Note: Students entering without having met the admission requirements must do so in order to graduate.


  • BA: Proficiency equivalent to one year of college instruction in either a foreign language or proficiency equivalent to American Sign Language III. Standardized examinations may be used to meet the requirement.
  • BS: Proficiency equivalent to one semester of college instruction in a foreign language or one course with a multicultural dimension. Standardized examinations for foreign languages may be used to meet the requirement.

Additional Requirements

  • None

Required Minors

  • Students must complete a minor from those offered at UCF. The minor cannot overlap with the two subject areas. Minimum hours required for a minor is eighteen. The minor degree audit must be approved by, and completion of the minor certified by, the department offering the minor.

Departmental Exit Requirements

  • A grade of “C” or above (2.0) is required for each course in the core and restricted electives.
  • Computer Competency met by completing this major.

University Minimum Exit Requirements

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120

Additional Information

Honors In Major

  • None

Related Programs

  • Interdisciplinary Studies, Transnational Gender, Race, and Sexuality Track (B.A.)  


  • None

Related Minors

  • Most UCF minors

Advising Notes

  • None

Transfer Notes

  • Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.
  • Transfer courses must be evaluated for equivalency credit and/or for use in the degree program by the Interdisciplinary Studies Advising Team. The student must provide all supporting information.

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • None

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Plan of Study

  • None