Interdisciplinary Major and Minors


Students interests and post-graduation plans do not always neatly fit into traditional degree programs, but may cross disciplinary lines in both content and ways of thinking. The Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) degree offers students an opportunity to construct individualized programs based on their interests and aspirations.



The faculty at Western Oregon University recognize the importance of meeting the needs and interests of all of our students. Accordingly, the IDS program offers you an opportunity to construct individualized majors based on your own interests and goals.


Learning Outcomes

  •  Define your own learning goals. (PS)
  •  Design an interdisciplinary program of study for achievement of those goals. (PS)
  •  Differentiate the ways of knowing, the conventions, and methods used in your areas of study. (PS)
  •  Explain appropriate theoretical and practical connections among the areas of study in your program. (IL)
  •  Demonstrate reflection and self-assessment in completing your program of study. (IL)


Interdisciplinary Major 54 – 120 credits

With the help of an academic advisor you work together to develop your own degree plan.


How you get there with interdisciplinary studies

  • Complete general education requirements
  • Complete at least 27 credits in each of two areas, with at least 48 upper-division credits in those areas
  • Complete 180 total credits, and 62 total upper division credits
  • You may transfer in course work from other universities
  • You may choose to complete a minor

Complete all other university requirements (ie. total number of credits, LACC, BA or BS, Writing Intensive, Cultural Diversity, Resident and Transfer requirements, etc.)

If you are using coursework taken from other colleges, work with faculty advisor to confirm how they can be used in your program.  You have to take at least 45 credits from WOU to graduate.

Check every term in your Degree Works advising tool and working with your faculty adviser to complete your academic goal.






Interdisciplinary Studies

Susan Griffin
(503) 838-8226 | or e-mail: ids@wou.edu