West Virginia State University Launching Interdisciplinary Studies Degree

Contact: Jack Bailey
(304) 766-4109
April 26, 2022
West Virginia State University Launching Interdisciplinary Studies Degree
INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University (WVSU) is launching a new Interdisciplinary Studies degree (IDS) program giving students greater flexibility in crafting an academic program that aligns with their personal and career goals.

Students in the new IDS program will work with their program advisor to select three academic minors from within any of the university’s four colleges as their courses of study.

“Our new Interdisciplinary Studies degree allows the university to meet students where they are at in terms of their interests and career goals,” said Dr. Robert Wallace, dean of the College of Arts & Humanities, where the new program will be housed. “Having gained specialized knowledge, diverse perspectives, and analytical skills from their chosen fields of study, students will be equipped to meet innovative challenges across disciplines in an ever changing multi-cultural marketplace of ideas and opportunities.”

In addition to their general education and minor field of study courses, all IDS students will take an IDS capstone course in which they will complete a project demonstrating the connections between their specific disciplines. 

Other requirements for the degree include: compete at least 30 hours of upper-level courses, including IDS 477, in the three minors; complete four additional courses from Tier II in the general education requirements; complete two semesters of one foreign language; and complete 120 hours for graduation.

For more information on the IDS program, contact the College of Arts and Humanities at (304)766-3126 or arts.humanities@wvstateu.edu, or contact the Office of Student Retention and Success at (304) 766-3022.
WVSU is currently enrolling for the fall 2022 semester. For information about applying to the university, visit www.wvstateu.edu/applynow.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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