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Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies Major

At Montevallo you can choose an existing path, or you can make your own. If you are a highly motivated student who wants to think in new ways, the IDS major may be for you. IDS students design their own course of study and work closely with faculty mentors the whole way. Students typically enter the major in their sophomore year.

The Interdisciplinary Studies program is a great way students can define and develop a major with a faculty mentor. The student may choose courses from two or more disciplines to design a personalized major. IDS is also a great way to build a selected minor into a major, or even a double major.


IDS PROGRAMS

Interdisciplinary Programs are innovative and exciting options at Montevallo. These programs use multidisciplinary perspectives to think about contemporary problems and imagine new possibilities. They include the Environmental Studies program (offering both a major and a minor), Game Studies and Design program and minor, Public Relations minor, Writing minor, and the Interdisciplinary Studies major.

IDS students design their own course of study and work closely with faculty mentors the whole way. This degree permits students to combine features of more than one discipline in an individualized program of study that may take the place of or complement a traditional major. IDS is an excellent way to build a minor into a major or to custom design a second major.

Some areas of study you might pursue:
  • Environmental Activism
  • Arts Administration
  • Sports Management
  • Peace and Justice Studies
  • Public Relations
  • Gender Studies
  • The Aesthetics and Culture of Games
  • Non-profit Administration
  • Human Resources and Organizational Development
Many, many more possibilities exist when you design your own major!

The IDS application process

IDS Description: This degree permits students to combine features of more than one discipline in an individualized program of study that may take the place of or complement a traditional major.

The student works with a faculty mentor to develop a program that follows the application guidelines. Many students who apply to the program do so during their sophomore or junior year, although a student may apply as early as the second semester of the freshman year.

A completed application packet includes the following on the part of the student:

Proposal: A title, description, and rationale for the individual program.

Courses: A list of courses totaling at least 36 hours drawn from at least two different disciplines.

Timetable: A proposed course plan by semester that serves as an approximate timetable for completion.

IDS Proposal Process:  Students and faculty mentors who are interested in the individualized degree can contact the Chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Oversight Committee (IDSOC) if there are questions or points of discussion. Currently the Interim Chair is Dr. Scott Turner and questions can be emailed to Dr. Turner at turners@montevallo.edu. The committee will be comprised of the following: Chair, one faculty member from each of the 4 colleges, and the Director of Faculty Development and Collaboration.

The student works with a faculty mentor to develop a program that follows the application guidelines. Many students who apply to the IDSOC Committee do so during their sophomore or junior year, although a student may be ready to apply as early as the second semester of his/her freshman year. Typically a student cannot apply any later than 75 earned credit hours.

IDS Application Form