Interdisciplinary Studies

Associate of Arts

This degree is a customized, interdisciplinary degree. Students receive individualized academic advising and a broad educational experience with coursework from a variety of academic disciplines. The program includes general education requirements and an area of concentration but not a specific major. The concentration area can be tailored to prepare students for entry into a particular career area. The degree provides maximum flexibility for students who have well-defined career objectives and wish to determine the content of their degree rather than pursue one of the established majors at OCU. The degree serves as a bridge to numerous higher degree programs and prepares students for employment in areas not requiring specific associate degrees. Students in this major are not eligible to graduate additional designations on transcript (eg. double major, concentration, certificate).

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision making.
  2. Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
  3. Demonstrate a proficiency in the broad range of academic knowledge and skills required by the various academic disciplines.
  4. Identify problems and analyze, diagnose, and develop solutions from a broad-based perspective.
  5. Use the acquired academic knowledge and skills as the foundation for success in future educational and/or vocational plans.
  6. Explain their individualized program of study and academic training to a prospective employer or an admissions officer of a baccalaureate program.

Course Requirements

Other Course Requirements

General Education Requirements (see pg. 26)- 36 credits

Bible, Biblical Literature, or Theology- 6 credits
Automatically one concentration.

Concentration- 12 credits
Credits with same or related academic discipline. Cannot be
Bible, Biblical Literature, or Theology.

General Electives- 2 credits

At least 21 credits must be at the 2000 or higher level. At least 15 credits must be earned with OCU, including IS1000 Interdiciplinary Studies Foundations I and IS2800 Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone I.

IS1000 Interdisciplinary Studies Foundations 1 1 hour 3 weeks

Students will develop an explanation of the need for an individual program. A persuasive proposal will include the reasoning behind choosing the particular focus and what the course of study is intended to accomplish. With guidance from an academic advisor, students will develop a model timetable for completion of their degree. 

IS2800 Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone 1 3 hours 5 weeks

Examination of interdisciplinary scholarship and problem solving, with application based on students’ areas of emphasis in the major.

IS1000 Interdisciplinary Studies Foundations 1