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Major in Interdisciplinary Studies

Are you ready to take control of your college education and

design a program that meets your own

individual interests and goals?

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies offers you the freedom to choose courses from the many academic departments at ESU while building the skills you need to combine and apply that diverse knowledge. With the flexibility to build a degree suited to individual needs, the Interdisciplinary Studies major is a prefect fit for motivated students looking to engage on a fundamental level with their college education. Develop your degree from the ground up by selecting two or three disciplines to focus on, follow along with one of our pre-made Interest Pathway advising guides, or design your own pathway in anything from Art Studio Entrepreneurship to Community Health and Well Being. With all required courses offered online and face-to-face, you can complete your Interdisciplinary Studies major in a virtual or in-class environment.

Each BID student, with input from the BID advisor, will develop a unique and personalized program of study. Students must fulfill the following requirements:


  1. Complete a minimum of 36 credit hours for the BID program. The specific academic areas of emphasis for this coursework will be specified through consultation with the BID advisor. Courses to be taken as part of the degree must be consistent with these areas of emphasis, and should be part of a plan developed by the student working with the advisor.
  2. Complete ID 302, Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies (3 credit hours), and ID 490, BID capstone (3 credit hours).
  3. Of the remaining 30 hours, students must complete at least 18 after declaring the BID as their program of study.
  4. Only 6 credit hours applied to the BID program of study can be at the 200 level. The remaining 30 hours must be at 300 or above.
  5. Earn a minimum grade of C in each course included in the program of study.
  6. Earn a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the program of study coursework.


In addition, students must complete university graduation requirements, including: the general education program for the Bachelor of Science degree; 45 credits of upper-division coursework; a 2.0 overall GPA; 120 credit hours of total coursework.