Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes that undergraduate students' academic and professional interests may lie within more than one discipline. As interdisciplinary approaches, research, and curricular activities become increasingly more popular, the college is pleased to offer the opportunity for students to develop and pursue interdisciplinary majors that cross the boundaries of various disciplines.

Students whose academic and/or professional interests are not met by a traditional academic department may apply to the IDS Program through the CLAS Dean's Office. IDS applicants can initiate and design an individualized interdisciplinary program of study with the help of at least (2) tenured or tenure accruing faculty sponsors. For more information on faculty sponsors, please click here.

Interdisciplinary majors may also graduate with honors recognition. Requirements are the same as for department majors, with the additional provision that magna cum laude or summa cum laude recognition must be recommended by two members of the studentís supervisory committee (including the principal supervisor), who will affirm that the student conducted an individual project in IDS 4906 (or equivalent).

In addition to the ten established concentrations below, students may design a customized course of study in consultation with faculty advisors relevant to the interdisciplinary thesis project. If interested in this option, students should first contact the associate dean for IDS majors, Dr. Margaret Fields.

View a general list of concentrations, or select a concentration below for more information:

Before applying, please review all requirements and information for students.

* Note that this major CANNOT be transferred into from another institution. You must be a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences student and have completed at least ONE semester at UF prior to applying. Interested transfer students are encouraged to call (352)-392-2264 and set up an appointment with Jorge Quintana during their first semester to discuss the program and potential areas of study.

FALL Application Deadlines:

First Submission: SEPTEMBER 15th
Second Submission: NOVEMBER 1st

SPRING Application Deadlines:

First Submission: FEBRUARY 1st
Second Submission: MARCH 15th

Note: If the application deadline falls on a weekend or Holiday, please submit the next open weekday.

Ready to apply?.

For further information or materials, please contact:
Michal Katz
Program Assistant, IDS
2014 Turlington Hall

Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences also offers an IDS minor in Sustainability Studies. You do not need to be an IDS student in order to apply. For more information, please click here.

You may apply to pursue a minor in CLAS via the Academic Advising Center in Farrior Hall.

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