B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies

Create a customized program of study by drawing on the diversity and strength of the academic disciplines housed in the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences at Nova Southeastern University. Considering that most careers require multiple skills and perspectives, you will be ready for the realities of the marketplace. This major is grounded in the liberal arts and promotes the acquisition of “soft skills” highly valued by employers. The major provides flexibility for students to design a course of study that best fits their academic or professional aspirations. It also offers the option of a clear path to medical school and the health sciences through the humanities and social sciences. Take ownership of your educational arc with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.

What you'll study

A one credit interdisciplinary reading seminar, together with core courses in speech, ethics, and global issues, provide the platform for you to explore a range of disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. You will hone your reading, writing, and critical thinking skills in additional coursework in either literature or history, before choosing one of the numerous minors offered in HCAS as your primary focus of study. Alternatively, if your plan is to apply for medical school, you can take the pre-med concentration. You will complete your interdisciplinary studies degree by taking the senior seminar capstone.

How you'll learn more

Challenge your ability to synthesize knowledge and make connections between diverse fields of study. Engage in a variety of learning environments and avail of opportunities in research, travel study, or experiential learning. Develop strong reasoning, communication, problem solving, and decision making skills.

Where it can take you

A number of recent surveys in higher education point conclusively to the fact that employers want college graduates who have “soft skills” such as critical thinking and good writing and communication skills. By allowing you to shape your own course of study, the interdisciplinary studies program opens the door to a variety of career paths. It ultimately, however, ensures that you will have the well-rounded education so many employers seek in a college graduate.

Core Courses (13 credits)
Credits
INDS 2901
Interdisciplinary Readings Seminar (INDS 2901 / Credits: 1 )
1
INST 1500
Global Issues (INST 1500 / Credits: 3 )
3
SPCH 1010
Public Speaking (SPCH 1010 / Credits: 3 )
3
HIPS 4900
Senior Seminar Capstone (HIPS 4900 / Credits: 3 )
3
One of the following courses (3 credits)
Credits
PHIL 3010
Ethical Issues in Communication (PHIL 3010 / Credits: 3 )
3
PHIL 3180 or PHIL 3180H
Biomedical Ethics or Biomedical Ethics Honors (PHIL 3180 or PHIL 3180H / Credits: 3 )
3
PHIL 3200
Ethics and Sport (PHIL 3200 / Credits: 3 )
3
PHIL 3360
Environmental Ethics (PHIL 3360 / Credits: 3 )
3
PHIL 3300
Ethics of War and Peace (PHIL 3300 / Credits: 3 )
3
Required Courses (21-24 credits)
Credits
2000-level or higher
Any LITR or HIST (2000-level or higher / Credits: 3 )
3
2000-level or higher
Any LITR or HIST (2000-level or higher / Credits: 3 )
3
Any arts, humanities, and social sciences minor ( )
Required Courses (41 credits)
Credits
2000-level or higher
Any two LITR or HIST (2000-level or higher / Credits: 6 )
6
BIOL
Two semesters of Biology with lab (or equivalent) (BIOL / Credits: 8 )
8
CHEM
Two semesters of Chemistry with lab (or equivalent) (CHEM / Credits: 8 )
8
CHEM
Two semesters of Organic Chemistry with lab (or equivalent) (CHEM / Credits: 8 )
8
PHYS
Two semesters of Physics with lab (or equivalent) (PHYS / Credits: 8 )
8
MATH
One semester of Mathematics (college level) (MATH / Credits: 3 )
3

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS

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