How do You Design Your Own Major?

Interdisciplinary Studies students consult with their advisor and choose a field (or fields) of study to pursue. We call these fields "cognate areas." They do not have to be from the same department or even the same college. If you choose business as one area of study, you must select at least one additional cognate area. As with traditional majors, you will need to take a series of classes in your chosen cognate area(s), including any prerequisites. 

Some examples of interest areas chosen by BID distance students include:

Political Science and Management

English and History

Information Technology and Marketing

Geography and Anthropology

Social Sciences (Geography, Political Science, Philosophy and History)

History and Communication

Information Resources and Information Systems

Sports Management and Business

Native American Studies and History

Leadership and Political Science

You may also find it helpful to review the new INTEREST PATHWAYS - suggested courses in different areas that may line up with your interests. For example, course lists are in preparation for the following pathways:

Community Leadership

GIS/Information Resources

Scientific Photography/Illustration

Sustainability Studies

Global Studies

Ethnic and Gender Studies

Talk to the Interdisciplinary Studies advisor to learn more about the Interest Pathways.