Interdisciplinary Studies Program
The Interdisciplinary Studies Baccalaureate Degree is designed to enable students to prepare for careers that bridge academic disciplines. Students have the opportunity to develop individualized, intellectually challenging courses from selected departments. Students may combine courses from any two disciplines offered at Coppin State University that represent academic interest provided that the disciplines' connectivity is clear: 18 credits at the 300 level or higher from each discipline for a total of 36 credits. Each student must also fulfill all general education requirements (46 credits) including the degree requirements in each discipline as specified in the Coppin State University catalog. Each student must earn a minimum of 120 or more credits to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
The purpose of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree is to focus on the needs and unique aspirations of the students at Coppin State University. Students who are interested in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program major must meet with faculty advisors in two concentrations to develop their program of study.
Students will meet with the Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies Department and faculty advisors to ensure that the courses are appropriate and that they are available. Each student must plan his/her program and cultivate relationships with designated faculty.
Throughout the core sequence, the student will assemble a portfolio for the program including self assessment on progression toward career goals and an evaluation of key educational activities that may apply.
Student Goal Statement
The Interdisciplinary studies program presents numerous opportunities for our students to design coherent cross disciplinary programs that will enhance their learning and career opportunities. Students are required to submit a goal statement which should explain the career goals when combining the two selected concentration/discipline areas. Explore sample student goal statements:
Concentrations: Education and Psychology
I exclusively plan to utilize my academic training in Interdisciplinary Studies to increase my marketability in the field of child development, education, behavior modification and cognitive motivation. I plan to continue my long-term goal with interdisciplinary Studies as an anchor for a M.S. degree in Education Psychology or Curriculum and Instruction. This course of action will successfully lead me to my ultimate goal of managing my own tutoring, mentoring and motivational learning center.
Concentrations: Management Science and Communication
I am looking to work in higher education. I would love to work with students, faculty and staff. I think admissions would be a great place for me. I love to help other students and talk about how important it is to get an education. The IDS program will allow me to concentrate in communication, marketing (management science) and maybe even psychology. Combining these concentrations will prepare me for a job as an admissions counselor.
Concentrations: Natural Science and Management Science
I am interested in working in pharmaceutical sales. I would like to concentration in the natural science and management science field. I think the background in marketing and science will prepare to be a much more effective in this field.
Concentrations: Biology and Management Science
I love the health field and I want to be able to help and teach others. I have also been thinking about a management position and furthering my education. The IDS program gives me the flexibility to concentration in the natural science and management science field that will prepare me for graduate school and a possible management position in health or teaching position in the health field.
Concentrations: Special Education and Psychology
I will have the opportunity to become a counselor and work with children. I believe children still need support guidance and understanding as part of their everyday lives and I am looking forward to a future career as a youth counselor.
Concentrations: Social Work and Psychology
I am seeking admission to the IDS program so I can combine Social Work and Psychology as tools in the case management field. These two concentrations will assist me in being much more effective in helping others at work as well as in our society.
Concentrations: Education and Psychology
I am looking to further my education and move on to graduate school. I would like to get a M.S. Degree in Education. I decided on the IDS program because it allowed me to focus on Psychology and Education. I want to get a better understand of the mind set of our students which will ultimately enable me to assist students in the best way that I can.