2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 11, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdisciplinary Studies, Diversity Studies Track (B.A.)

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College of Undergraduate Studies
Office of Interdisciplinary Studies
12796 Aquarius Agora Drive
Trevor Colbourn Hall
Orlando, FL, 32816

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies – Diversity Studies Track is a broadly based interdisciplinary curriculum. The degree’s interdisciplinary nature provides students with tools that can be applied across a spectrum of science, social behavior, and humanities, while foregrounding the importance of analyses with a focus on diversity and inclusion in such categories as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and ability. Students pursuing a career in social justice or advocacy work, involvement in international nonprofit organizations or diverse research and journalistic careers, as well as those seeking preparation for graduate study in related areas will enjoy the flexibility of this program. This track requires students to take two unique IDS Core courses, 30 credit hours of courses related to theory and representations/experiences of diversity, and select from a number of related minors such as the Women’s and Gender Studies or Diversity and Social Inequality. Students interested in pursuing this B.A. degree should contact the IDS Advising team at is@ucf.edu or 407-823-0144. 

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 - Diversity Studies Track at least two semesters before graduation.
  • Research, Internship, and Independent study credit may be used in this major with prior approval from Interdisciplinary Studies director. Meet with an Interdisciplinary Studies advisor for additional information.
  • Students must earn at least a “C” (2.0) in each core and restricted elective course.
  • Students must consult with an Interdisciplinary Studies adviser when entering the degree program and regularly thereafter.
  • Courses designated in 1. (General Education Program) and 2. (Common Program Prerequisites) are usually completed in the first 60 hours.
  • Students wishing to earn an Interdisciplinary Studies degree as a double degree, double major, or second degree, must complete all fifty-four credits exclusive of credits done for the other degree(s) and/or major(s), including any minors associated with that degree.

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 are required to complete a minor from the list of approved minor. In addition, students will be required to complete 30 hours of approved courses from the Diversity Studies.
  • Students must take a minimum of 12 hours of approved courses from List A (Theories of Diversity) and 18 hours of approved courses from list B (Experiences and Representations of Diversity) (excluding GEP courses).
  • Students are required to take a minimum of 15 UCF hours, as well as 15 upper division hours, in the two areas combined.

Theories of Diversity (12 Credit Hours)

List A: Students will select 4 courses (12 Credit Hours) from the courses listed.

The program will maintain a list of approved courses; substitutions require recommendation by an advisor and approval by the program director.

Experiences and Representations of Diversity (18 Credit Hours)

List B: Students will select 6 courses (18 Credit Hours) from the courses listed. Students may select from List A to complete these credit hours provided they have not already taken the course previously.

The program will maintain a list of approved courses; substitutions require recommendation by an advisor and approval by the program director.

Capstone Requirements

Students take IDS 4934  in their graduating semester.


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

Foreign Language Requirements


  • Met by graduation requirement


  • 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.
  • Note: Students entering without having met the admission requirement must do so in order to graduate.

Additional Requirements

  • None

Required Minors

Available Minors, students will choose 1

  • American Indian Studies
  • Anthropology in Multicultural Studies
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Diversity and Social Inequality
  • International and Global Studies
  • Global Sociology
  • Mass Culture and Collective Behavior
  • Humanities and Cultural Studies
  • Judaic Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Religion and Cultural Studies
  • Africana Studies
  • American Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Global Peace and Security Studies
  • Latin American Area Studies
  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • World Comparative Studies

Departmental Exit Requirements

A grade of “C” or above (2.0) is required for each course taken in the core and each of the subject areas.

Computer Competency is met by departmental assessment, or the following courses:

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


  • None

Related Minors

  • Most UCF minors

Advising Notes

  • The Interdisciplinary Studies will maintain an internal “specialization” list for advising that groups the classes by topic (i.e. race, gender, region of study, etc.).

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

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