2021-2022 Catalog 
    Oct 04, 2023  
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdisciplinary Studies, BA

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An Interdisciplinary Studies degree is best suited for:

  1. Students who have a specific personal or professional interest that cannot be met within the traditional degree structure or
  2. Students with disparate credit hours trying to find a way to complete their degree.


  • Students and faculty can design majors around interdisciplinary topics of professional and personal interest.
  • Students, guided by advisors, take initiative in directing their own education.
  • Students learn how to analyze and apply knowledge gained from multiple disciplines.

Students can structure their own unique degree (following LAS guidelines) or select from one of several pre-designed interdisciplinary options shown below:  

1. Cognitive Archaeology

2. Cybersecurity and the Liberal Arts

3. Cognitive Studies (minor)

4. Linguistics (minor)

5. Mathematics as Liberal Art (minor)

Individually Structured Interdisciplinary Studies (Campus-based)

Students can develop and submit an Interdisciplinary Studies plan (INST course plan) for approval. The plan must include all of the elements listed below:

  1. Present a clear and persuasive case for the interdisciplinary nature of the problem or question.
  2. Draw from at least two departments in LAS or from at least one department in LAS and one department in another college.
  3. Incorporate at least 36 credits, 27 of which must be from courses at the 3000 level or higher.
  4. Require a creative project, community outreach, social action project, internship, or education abroad or nationally. 
  5. Require a summit experience that demonstrates the fusion and integration of these fields studied.

The courses you choose to include should reflect your career goals and interests as well as the marketability of your skill set. We want to make sure there are employment opportunities that involve the unique combination of knowledge and skills you will gain from this customized degree. 

Questions: please contact: Janice Thorpe, 719-255-4126, jthorpe@uccs.edu  

Individually Structured Option

Interdisciplinary Studies Courses

  • Complete 30 credit hours of approved courses from the Individually Structured Interdisciplinary Studies plan.

Internship or Exchange

  • Complete the Intership or Exchange course as approved in the Individually Structured plan.

Summit Course

  • Complete the Summit course as approved in the Individually Structured plan.

Cognitive Archaeology Option

Cognitive archaeology is a multidisciplinary field that draws primarily upon concepts and theories from psychology and anthropology to reach a broader understanding of archaeological artifacts and the minds of their makers. This discipline also applies concepts and theories from other fields such as the neurosciences, neuropsychology, linguistics, evolutionary theory, behavioral genetics, and philosophy. Cognitive archaeology considers the origins and adaptive evolutionary purposes of cognitive processes and capabilities, including concept formation, spatial cognition, social cognition, language, symbolic structures, working memory, and many others.

Prerequisites: Senior UG status, PSY 1000-3 General Psychology, PSY 2100-4 Introduction to Psychological Statistics, PSY 2110-4 Introduction to Psychological Research.

If you would like to explore this degree plan further, please contact Fred Coolidge fcoolidg@uccs.edu or Thomas Wynn twynn@uccs.edu

Cybersecurity Option

LAS Concentration Areas

      Technical Communication and Information Design (TCID)

     plus complete one course from the following list:

     TCID User Experience (UX) 

     plus complete one course from the following list:

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