Academics

Interdisciplinary Studies

Program Details

  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Campus Availability: Macomb
  • Concentration Options: 1) Renewable Energy and Biofuels Technology, 2) Renewable Energy and Wind Technology, 3) Renewable Energy Policy, Planning and Management, & 4) Youth Development
  • Minor: Available in Interdisciplinary concentrations only
  • Graduate Degree: No
  • Study Opportunities: Honors
  • Download the Interdisciplinary Studies Program Brochure (pdf)

The Interdisciplinary Studies (ISP) program offers alternatives for students interested in emerging fields of study and, more generally, for students whose academic needs and interests do not conform to a traditional academic major. These Interdisciplinary Studies alternatives include a student-designed, personalized curriculum option or concentrations in the following areas: Youth Development, Renewable Energy and Biofuels Technology; Renewable Energy and Wind Technology; and Renewable Energy Policy, Planning, and Management.

The BA or BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Youth Development provides the opportunity to develop skills necessary in a broad range of careers in nonprofit youth and human service organizations working with youth. Professionals in these organizations play pivotal roles in making a difference in the youth of their communities and in the lives of others. Students choosing this option might pursue careers in community nonprofit youth organizations.

Internships

ISP concentrations require internships. Students designing their own interdisciplinary curriculum may elect to incorporate an internship experience into their academic plan to further enhance their career preparation. Most Interdisciplinary Studies graduates have completed internships as part of their curriculum.

Honors Program

Students eligible for participation in the Centennial Honors College will complete specific requirements for designation as an Honors Scholar. In the Interdisciplinary Studies program, honors students take courses for honors credit and, as seniors, prepare an honors thesis or honors project under the direction of a faculty member in the student’s area of study.

Possible Career Paths

Renewable Energy

The Renewable Energy Concentrations will enable students to develop skills necessary in a broad range of careers in the biofuels industry, wind energy industry, or in developing policy, project planning, and management in a variety of renewable energy industries.

Youth Development

The Youth Development Concentration enables students to develop skills necessary in a broad range of careers in nonprofit youth and human service organizations which seek to assist young people in developing the capacities needed to live a quality life. Students are required to select an internship to help them incorporate relevant work-site experiences with academic courses they have taken or plan to take.

Professionals in these organizations play pivotal roles in making a difference in the lives of others and in their communities.

  • Youth Director or Coordinator in Recreation, Resort, or Non Profit Setting
  • Camp Director
  • YMCA/YWCA Supervisor/Director/Coordinator of Youth Programs
  • Youth Recreation Leader
  • Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Executive
  • Boys and Girls Club Director
  • Youth Program Director
  • After School Program Director

Please refer to the undergraduate catalog for detailed program information and course requirements.

Concentrations

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science—Youth Development

All students seeking the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Youth Development must complete I, II, III, and IV below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum: 47 or 49 s.h.
    B.A.—University General Education plus 6 additional s.h. in the Humanities (49 s.h.)
    B.S.—University General Education to include 8 s.h. of lab science plus 6 additional s.h. in the Natural Sciences/Mathematics category (47 s.h.)
  2. Concentration Courses: 46 s.h.
    • FCS 121—Introduction to Life Span Development (3)
    • JOUR 329—Fundamentals of Public Relations (3)
    • PSY 221—Psychology of Child Development (3)
    • PSY 422—Adolescent Development (3)
    • PSY 425—Psychology of Exceptional Children (3)
    • RPTA 111—Introduction to Leisure Services (3)
    • RPTA 199—Fieldwork in Leisure Services (1)
    • RPTA 230—Leadership in Leisure Services (3)
    • RPTA 235—Programming Principles and Applications in Leisure Services (3)
    • RPTA 270—Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations (3)
    • RPTA 322—Administration of Leisure Services I (3)†
    • RPTA 424—Fund Raising and Volunteerism in Leisure Services (3)
    • RPTA 428—Youth and Leisure Services (3)
    • SOC 425—Juvenile Delinquency (3)
    • UNIV 490—Career Internship (6)
  3. Other: 9 s.h.
    PSY 100, SOC 100, SOC Elective
  4. Open Electives: 16–18 s.h.

# The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing one of the following: 1) a designated foreign language requirement [see Foreign Language/Global Issues Requirement]; 2) a General Education global issues course; 3) any major’s discipline-specific global issues course; or 4) an approved Study Abroad program.

† RPTA 322 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) graduation requirement.

Bachelor of Science—Renewable Energy and Biofuels Technology

All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Renewable Energy and Biofuels Technology must complete I, II, III, and IV below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum: 47 s.h.
    B.S.—University General Education to include 8 s.h. of lab science plus 6 additional s.h. in the Natural Sciences/Mathematics category
  2. Concentration Courses: 46 s.h.*
    • AGEC 333—Agricultural Marketing (3)
    • AGTM 461—Surveying and Soil and Water Conservation Engineering (4)
    • CHEM 331—Organic Chemistry I (5)
    • CHEM 332—Organic Chemistry II (4)
    • ECON 465—Economics of Energy (3)
    • ENG 381—Technical Communication (3)†
    • ET 345—Continuous Improvement: Quality (3)
    • ET 356—Introduction to Power Systems (3)
    • ET 448—Industrial Safety (3)
    • GEOG 100—Introduction to Human Geography (3)
    • GEOG 208— GIS Map Design (3)
    • MICR 200—Introductory Microbiology (4)
    • SCM 211—Supply Chain Management (3)
    • UNIV 490—Career Internship (2)
  3. Other: 32 s.h.*
    BOT 200; CHEM 201, 202; ECON 231, 232; ET 105; MATH 137; METR 120; PHYS 150
  4. Open Electives: 18 s.h.

# The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing one of the following: 1) a designated foreign language requirement [see Foreign Language/Global Issues Requirement]; 2) a General Education global issues course; 3) any major’s discipline-specific global issues course; or 4) an approved Study Abroad program.

† ENG 381 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) graduation requirement.

* 23 s.h. of II and III may count toward the University General Education requirement.

Bachelor of Science—Renewable Energy and Wind Technology

All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Renewable Energy and Wind Technology must complete I, II, III, and IV below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum: 47 s.h.
    B.S.—University General Education to include 8 s.h. of lab science plus 6 additional s.h. in the Natural Sciences/Mathematics category
  2. Concentration Courses: 42 s.h.*
    • AGEC 333—Agricultural Marketing (3)
    • AGEC 342—Agricultural Law (3)
    • AGTM 461—Surveying and Soil and Water Conservation Engineering (4)
    • ECON 465—Economics of Energy (3)
    • ENG 381—Technical Communication (3)†
    • ET 345—Continuous Improvement: Quality (3)
    • ET 356—Introduction to Power Systems (3)
    • ET 448—Industrial Safety (3)
    • ET 477—Programmable Control and Data Acquisition (3)
    • FIN 331—Financial Management I (3)
    • GEOG 100—Introduction to Human Geography (3)
    • GEOG 208— GIS Map Design (3)
    • SCM 211—Supply Chain Management (3)
    • UNIV 490—Career Internship (2)
  3. Other: 33 s.h.*
    ACCT 201; AGRI 220; CS 114; ECON 231, 232; ET 105; MATH 137; METR 120; PHYS 114, 115
  4. Open Electives: 21 s.h.

# The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing one of the following: 1) a designated foreign language requirement [see Foreign Language/Global Issues Requirement]; 2) a General Education global issues course; 3) any major’s discipline-specific global issues course; or 4) an approved Study Abroad program.

† ENG 381 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) graduation requirement.

* 23 s.h. of II and III may count toward the University General Education requirement.

Bachelor of Science—Renewable Energy Policy, Planning and Management

All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Renewable Energy Policy, Planning and Management must complete I, II, III, and IV below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum: 47 s.h.
    B.S.—University General Education to include 8 s.h. of lab science plus 6 additional s.h. in the Natural Sciences/Mathematics category
  2. Concentration Courses: 41 s.h.*
    • AGEC 333—Agricultural Marketing (3)
    • AGEC 342—Agricultural Law (3), OR
      B L 431—The Law of Commercial Transactions (3)
    • AGEC/ECON 430—Environmental Economics (3)
    • BCOM 320—Business Communications (3)†
    • ECON 465—Economics of Energy (3)
    • FIN 331—Financial Management I (3)
    • GEOG 100—Introduction to Human Geography (3)
    • GEOG 208— GIS Map Design (3)
    • JOUR 329—Fundamentals of Public Relations (3)
    • MGT 349—Principles of Management (3)
    • POLS 302—Introduction to Public Policy (3)
    • POLS 393—Environmental Politics (3)
    • SOC 345—Rural Social Organizations (3)
    • UNIV 490—Career Internship (2)
  3. Other: 36 s.h.*
    ACCT 201; AGRI 220; ECON 170, 231, 232; MATH 123 or STAT 171; METR 120; PHYS 114, 115; POLS 122; SOC 100
  4. Open Electives: 19 s.h.

# The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing one of the following: 1) a designated foreign language requirement [see Foreign Language/Global Issues Requirement]; 2) a General Education global issues course; 3) any major’s discipline-specific global issues course; or 4) an approved study abroad program.

† BCOM 320 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) graduation requirement.

* 23 s.h. of II and III may count toward the University General Education requirement.

Contact

Interdisciplinary Studies

Ms. Jennifer Tibbitts, Coordinator
Email: ISP@wiu.edu
Location: Horrabin Hall 6
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1929
Fax: (309) 298-2226

Interdisciplinary Studies Website

School of Distance Learning, International Studies, and Outreach

Dr. Jeff Hancks, Interim Director
Email: JL-Hancks@wiu.edu
Phone: (309) 298-1929

School of Distance Learning, International Studies, and Outreach website

Interdisciplinary Studies Advising

Ron Pettigrew
Horrabin Hall 6
Phone: (309) 298-1929
Email: R-Pettigrew@wiu.edu

Larry Pickett
Horrabin Hall 6
Phone: (309) 298-1929
Email: LH-Pickett@wiu.edu

Jen Tibbitts
Horrabin Hall 6
Phone: (309) 298-1929
Email: JL-Tibbets@wiu.edu

Interdisciplinary Studies - Youth Development Advising

Keri Allison
Horrabin Hall 091
Phone: (309) 298-1438
Email: HL-Allison@wiu.edu

Youth Camp Student