Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Requirements


1. General Education Requirements.............................................50-53


A. Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural 
World .........................................................................................31-34

At least 3 hours must be in Non-Western World Studies, unless an approved 
non-Western world studies course has been completed elsewhere in the 
student’s degree program. See definition and list of approved courses  in the current USCA Program Bulletin.

1. Natural Sciences................................................................7-8
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Astronomy (1 lab)


2. History of Civilization ........................................................ 3
(HIST 101 or HIST 102)


3. Social and Behavioral Sciences (two areas) ........................ 6
Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, 
Economics, Political Science, Geography


4. Languages ........................................................................6-8
(Two (2) semesters of the same language required.)


5. Humanities (at least two areas) ........................................... 9
Communications (last two digits must be in 50s or 60s)
History, Art History, Music History, Theatre History,
Literature, Philosophy (other than logic), Religion, 
Selected Language courses, 
Humanities (HSSI acronym)
Honors (HONS acronym)


B. Intellectual and Practical Skills ............................................ 16


1. Critical Inquiry..................................................................... 1
Freshmen must take Critical Inquiry in their first semester 
of enrollment at USC Aiken. Transfer students are not required to take the 
Critical Inquiry course; however, the one credit hour requirement 
will still need to be completed within the degree requirements.


2. English 101 and 102............................................................. 6
Students should take English in their first semester of 
enrollment at USC Aiken (unless they have received credit 
for ENGL 101 and 102 through concurrent enrollment, AP, etc.). 
Students must complete English 101 and English 102 with a C  
before taking other English courses.


3. Oral Communication............................................................ 3
(COMM 201 or COMM 241)


4. Math/Statistics/Logic............................................................6
Students should take math in their first year of enrollment at USC Aiken (unless they have already completed general education requirements for math through concurrent enrollment, AP, etc.).


5. Satisfactory completion of Writing Proficiency Requirement
For more information, see Writing Proficiency Portfolio in the current USCA Program Bulletin.


6. Satisfactory completion of three courses designated as 
Writing Intensive, at least one of which is in the student’s 
major. For more information on Writing Intensive Course Definitions, please see the current USCA Program Bulletin.


C. Personal and Social Responsibility.............................3


1. American Political Institutions............................................. 3 
(POLI 201, HIST 201, or HIST 202)


2. Inter-Curricular Enrichment Program (ICE)
Two approved events in each semester of enrollment. 
For more information, see ICE Program  in the current USCA program bulletin.


D. Integrative Learning

While there are no specific course requirements in this category, students are 
strongly encouraged to include one or more integrative learning experiences 
in their academic programs: linked courses, study abroad internship, service 
learning, faculty-mentored research, capstone.


2. Interdisciplinary Studies Program Requirements.........................36

Based upon each student’s educational goals, the student and his/
her sponsoring faculty members will develop a curriculum contract 
consisting of a combination of courses from those currently offered 
at USCA. A minimum of 36 hours of coursework is required, and 
at least 24 hours must be 300 level or above. No more than two (2) 
independent studies courses may be taken in any single discipline. 
A C or better is required in all coursework applied to the program of 
study.


3. Interdisciplinary Studies Methodology Course and Senior Thesis/Capstone 
    Experience .......................................................................................6


4. Minor or Cognate Courses........................................................ 12-18


5. Electives ........................................................................................ 7-16


6. Portfolio on file with Interdisciplinary Studies Director


Total hours required .............................................................................120

 

More detailed information regarding the academic requirements of the Interdisciplinary Studies Degree can be found in the current USCA Program Bulletin or by contacting the program coordinator, Prof. Natalia Taylor Bowdoin, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (803) 641-3492.