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The Multidisciplinary Studies sequence of the Interdisciplinary Studies major is built around the offerings of two or more departments or schools. It is intended for the student who is seeking a baccalaureate degree without the specialization of a traditional major. The student, with the help of a faculty advisor, chooses the focus of the program by determining the departments or schools in which he or she wishes to pursue advanced work.

Students who complete the Multidisciplinary Studies sequence will earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree and have their transcripts noted: "Major in Interdisciplinary Studies: Multidisciplinary Studies Sequence."

Why Study Interdisciplinary Studies - Multidisciplinary Studies?

Highly motivated students are encouraged to pursue the Multidisciplinary Studies sequence of the Interdisciplinary Studies major because they are allowed to craft their own academic major.

Related Skills

While Interdisciplinary Studies majors give highly motivated students the opportunity to pursue their specific interests, these majors are not as clearly understood outside the University as traditional undergraduate majors. These majors do not prepare a student for a specific professional career or graduate field, nor do they satisfy the requirements for teacher licensure.

Because of their general nature, graduates may need to convince prospective employers or graduate schools that the degree preparation will enable them to succeed in a particular job or educational endeavor.

Contact the Career Center to speak with a career advisor about your options.

Applying to Illinois State

Only current Illinois State students can apply to the Interdisciplinary Studies - Multidisciplinary Studies sequence, after the completion of 15 semester hours of coursework. Start by filling out this inquiry form.

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Only current Illinois State students can apply to the Interdisciplinary Studies - Multidisciplinary Studies sequence, after the completion of 15 semester hours of coursework. Start by filling out this inquiry form.

Minimum GPA

Not available.

Middle 50% GPA

Not available. -

Required Courses

None.

Recommended Courses

None.

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Marty Greenberg  340 Fell Hall  mbgreen@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-7604 

Middle 50% GPA

Not available. -

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Application Period

Applications are always available. Applications are reviewed once a month.

Application Information

Only current Illinois State students are eligible for the IDS major. Current students who are interested in this sequence should start by filling out the Interdisciplinary Studies inquiry form. An academic advisor will contact you to discuss your options.

Students should select an appropriate faculty member to assist in developing a Plan of Study. Your Plan of Study must have a minimum of 36 hours from at least two departments or schools, including 12 senior-college hours (200 - 300 level) from each of 2 departments or schools and a maximum of 25 hours from any one of the departments or schools.

Admission Requirements

  • After the completion of 15 credit hours of coursework.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at time of application.

How to Apply

Apply to this sequence on My.IllinoisState.edu. (The Interdisciplinary Studies - Multidisciplinary Studies sequence can be found under the "University-Wide" department.) At this time, you be will asked to:

  • Submit your Rationale explaining why you want to pursue this major.
  • Submit your Plan of Study for approval by your faculty advisor, the Interdisciplinary Studies Major Committee, and the Office of the Provost. Your Plan of Study will be closely reviewed to ensure your plan is realistic.

If your proposed major is approved, your Plan of Study is filed with the Office of the University Registrar. At this point the major is officially declared.

Changes in an approved plan of study must be authorized in advance. A letter outlining the proposed change and signed by the faculty advisor should be submitted to Marty Greenberg in University College.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Marty Greenberg  340 Fell Hall  mbgreen@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-7604 
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