The University of Colorado’s Intercampus Interdisciplinary Studies Degree is a fully online degree designed to offer maximum flexibility for students whose interests and professional aspirations span many disciplines. While requiring a high level of self-direction on the part of students, this program also offers students active guidance by faculty and academic advisors.  Key features of this program include:

  • Students design majors around interdisciplinary topics of professional and personal interest
  • Students, guided by advisors, take initiative in directing their own education not just through the choice of interdisciplinary topics but also through required experiential learning opportunities
  • Students learn how to analyze and apply knowledge gained from multiple disciplines
  • Students choose from among a large set of courses offered across the Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Denver campuses
  • Degree focuses on fostering graduates who are able to write, problem solve, and communicate verbally
  • Students have the option to complete the full degree in three years

Requirements

Introduction to Interdisciplinary Learning: Year 1. (3 credits)

  • This course introduces the theories, methodologies, and practices of interdisciplinary studies through a specific theme that will focus on how to learn in an online environment and how interdisciplinary scholars combine the theories and methods of a variety of fields.

Interdisciplinary Experiential Learning: Year 2. (3 credits)

  • In this course, students will bring the knowledge from their chosen clusters to bear on an experiential opportunity.  Choosing an internship, community-based project, or job extension, students will collaborate with peers to design projects in this highly student-driven course.

Interdisciplinary Capstone: Year 3. (3 credits)

  • This course brings together students who have been working on individualized majors to share a capstone experience.  The goal is for students to integrate knowledge from their clusters and apply it to a project relevant to their field of interest.

Student-Chosen Clusters

  • Clusters are interdisciplinary groups of online courses selected from each campus to support a recognizable topic shared among the three campuses; they differ from traditional campus- and disciplinary-based minors and certificate programs. Team ISD has created 10 interdisciplinary clusters from which students will select two, with each cluster containing a common group of courses drawn from the three comprehensive campuses:

1. Cultural Diversity                                    6. Policy & Security                           

2. Research Methods & Data Analysis          7. Social Justice Studies         

3. Global Studies                                         8. Organizations & Leadership

4. Digital & Media Studies                           9. Professional & Technical Communication

5. Environment & Sustainability                  10. Health, Science, and Society

  • Cluster 1: at least five courses (at least 15 credits)
  • Cluster 2: at least five courses (at least 15 credits)

Foundation Courses

  • Three Online Foundation Courses will provide the anchor experiences that ensure coherence across student coursework. At the end of the three-course sequence, students will graduate having developed, practiced, and mastered the following learning objectives:
    • Understand interdisciplinary studies
    • Develop inquiry questions
    • Apply course content to specializations
    • Synthesize concepts
    • Analyze data and draw conclusions
    • Reflect on experiences
    • Self-direct learning (take responsibility for learning)
    • Communicate via writing and speech
    • Connect and network with advisors
    • Navigate digital resources
  • Total (3 Foundation courses plus 2 clusters): at least 39 credit hours

Additional Courses

  • In addition to the two upper-division Foundation Courses (6 credits), students must take at least 15 upper division credit hours.

Policies

  • To qualify for and remain in the major, students must be in good academic standing, with a GPA of 2.0 or greater overall.
  • Students must achieve a minimum grade of C- in all major courses counted in the ISD
  • A minimum of 24 ISD credit hours in the major must be completed at the student’s Home Campus. This includes any Foundation Courses taken at the Home Campus.

Application

Students register at a Home Campus, from which they will graduate, and from which they will take the majority of their credits. The Home Campus determines general education and other graduation requirements.The intercampus nature of the major allows students to draw from a portfolio of a wide range of courses available at all three participating campuses. When students register for a course located at an institution other than their Home Campus, we refer to this campus as the Instructor Campus. For more information please contact marjorie.levine-clark@ucdenver.edu.