Associate in Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

The Associate in Science in Interdisciplinary Studies prepares students for entry-level positions in a variety of areas as specified by the individual student’s  needs.  The curriculum is designed to give students a firm interdisciplinary foundation in the  liberal arts as well as other disciplines offered by the University. Upon successful completion of  the program, students will develop an understanding of several disciplines including computers, business, law and psychology in addition to applied knowledge from the individually planned  selected studies core.  All credits earned from this degree may be applied toward the Hodges University’s Baccalaureate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.

On Campus and Online
The Associate in Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree is offered on campus or entirely online as part of our online learning experience.

Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Programs Provide:


  • Skills in Critical Thinking
  • Enhanced Problem Solving Skills
  • Effective Decision Making Skills
  • Research and Writing Techniques
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • General Business Knowledge
  • Enhanced Job Marketability

Why IDS?

Is Interdisciplinary Studies Right For Me?

IDS Provides Enhanced Career Options

Graduates from an IDS Program discover that they have a variety of career options. The IDS graduate is a prepared life-long learner who understands and can articulate the connections that exist within and among disciplines. Graduates find employment in careers such as law, education, human resources, medicine, social services, gerontology, sales, marketing, technology, retail and management. The graduate of an Interdisciplinary Studies Program has the integrated ability to propel an organization forward to unravel the complex web created by the challenges of a twenty-first century global world. It is the IDS professional who has the integrated skills and thought processes that will make a difference in our complex, borderless world.

IDS Is More Than A Degree

Hodges University’s Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) Program supports the University’s philosophy of being an open, creative, and community conscious institution of higher learning. Graduates of the IDS Program are prepared to adapt to change, fulfill social responsibilities, understand the global perspective, adhere to standards of excellence and appreciate life-long learning.


What Can I Do With An Associate in Science in Interdisciplinary Studies?

Since an Interdisciplinary Studies degree is not industry specific, it can be applied to almost any career field.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers with an Associate's degree earn an average of $40,820 per year and had an unemployment rate of 6.2% in 2012.  In comparison, workers whose highest level of education was a high school diploma earned an average of $33, 904 per year with an 8.3% unemployment rate.*

You can continue your education and achieve a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.  All credits earned from this degree are acceptable toward Hodges University’s Baccalaureate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.

* 11/26/2013

Interdisciplinary Studies Careers

  • Social and Human Service Assistant
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Behavioral Disorder Counselor
  • Paralegal
  • Legal Assistant
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Self-Enrichment Instructor
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Library Assistant
  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Agricultural Manager
  • Food Service Manager
  • Construction Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Lodging Manager
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Journalist
  • Photographer


What Will I Learn?

You may enter the Interdisciplinary Studies program during any semester. A full time student, 12 semester hour credits per term or typically 3 courses per term, can complete this program in approximately 2 years.

Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.

Area I

Interdisciplinary Component

A. Interdisciplinary Core Semester Hour Credit
IDS1000 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies

IDS1000 - Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies - 4 Credits

This course is designed to enable students to integrate and synthesize various academic disciplines and explore both their interdependence and independence. It will prepare the learner for further studies of an interdisciplinary nature, stressing the interconnected pursuit of knowledge.

Prerequisites: PSY1103 and ENG1101

LEA1000 Introduction to Law

LEA1000 - Introduction to Law - 4 Credits

An introduction to the legal system including the United States Constitution, sources of law, state and federal court systems, administrative agencies, basic legal research, and various areas of common law including briefing cases and terminology common to those areas of law. This course is a prerequisite to all LEA courses.

GEB1012 Introduction to Business

GEB1012 - Introduction to Business - 4 Credits

A survey course in the principles of business as practiced in the market system economy. Topics include introductory studies in marketing, economics, human resources, forms of business ownership, global dimensions, organizational structure, management, business ethics, and financial terminology.

PHI3601/3301 Environmental Studies or Oceanic Studies

EVR3011 - Environmental Studies - 4 Credits

This course explores man’s interdependence with the environment and responsibility for it. Many aspects of environmental crises, such as pollution, urbanization, population trends, and changes in lifestyle are investigated, along with present and projected solutions to current problems.

EVR3021 - Oceanic Studies - 4 Credits

This course will cover many useful and fascinating topics including, but not limited to, ocean currents and tides, coral reefs, hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanoes, El Nino, and marine ecosystems and their inhabitants.


Total Interdisciplinary Core


Selected Studies Core

To be selected in consultation with the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean, to meet the personal and career objectives of the student.

Total Selected Studies Core

Area II

Liberal Arts Component

CAP1000 Computer Applications

CAP1000 - Computer Applications- 4 Credits

This course helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to use a computer effectively as a tool for productivity, communication, collaboration and problem-solving. The course coverage includes: knowledge of computer operations and file management, the use of email, navigating the Internet to search for information and resources, online safety, security and privacy, as well as the ability to use the current Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access at a level of basic proficiency.

IDS1002 Foundations for College Success

IDS1002 - Foundations for College Success - 2 Credits

The Foundations for College Success course is a two credit course designed specifically for first year students and new students who do not have a minimum of 60 transferrable credit hours or an Associate degree. This course must be completed the first semester at Hodges University. The purpose of this course is to help new students make a successful transition to Hodges University in the academic, social, professional and personal realms. This course aims to foster a sense of belonging, to promote engagement in the life of the university, to explain the expectations of the University and its faculty, help students develop and apply critical thinking skills, as well as assisting students in the ongoing process of clarifying their purpose, meaning, and direction.

PSY1102 Strategic Thinking

PSY1102 - Strategic Thinking - 2 Credits

This course focusses on the process by which attitudes are developed, evaluated, and changed. Students will focus on applying critical thinking skills to understand current issues, belief systems and ethical positions.

ENG1101 English Composition

ENG1101 - English Composition- 4 Credits

This course is designed to encourage students to evaluate their own writing practices, learn strategies to make their writing more effective, and then apply their understanding to expository and research writing. Students must pass this course with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the language skills section of the CPAt test, a score of 65 or better on the language section of the COMPASS test, a score of 48 or better on the language section of the Online Entrance test, or ENG0991 and/or ENG0992 with at least a grade of C.

MAC1132 College Mathematics

MAC1132 - College Mathematics- 4 Credits

This course will provide the student with a firm understanding of college level mathematics as it relates to the contemporary world. Topics include critical thinking, set theory, logic, number systems, and an introduction to probability. Other topics include an introduction to Algebra and Geometry, solving linear equations, ratios, proportions, variation, percents and interest, measurement, and the metric system. Modern applications are emphasized with the above topics. All students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the mathematics section of the CPAt test, a score of a 50 or better on the mathematics section of the COMPASS Test, a score of a 18 or better on the mathematics section of the Online Entrance Test, or a grade of C or better in MAT0998

POS2050 American National Government

POS2050 - American National Government - 4 Credits

The purpose of this course is to survey the organization, structure and function of the three branches and levels of government in the United States. The course will trace the evolution of the American governmental system including the institutions and processes that are in place to govern the United States of America.

COM3015 Professional Communication

COM3015 - Professional Communication - 4 Credits

This course provides students with methods of subject development, research, and organization for oral presentation of information. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of skills in a professional setting. Students are required to use presentation software.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 or permission of the Dean of Liberal Arts

PHI3601/3301 Ethics or Philosophy

PHI3301 - Philosophy - 4 Credits

This course acquaints the student with the most significant directions of philosophical thought to the end that the student may have the ability to formulate questions, arrive at reasonable answers, and evaluate those of others.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

PHI3601 - Ethics - 4 Credits

Ethics is a branch of philosophy that explores both the theory and application of virtues and vices in all areas of our lives. The course investigates current issues and events in the light of various moral principles that justify, clarify, explain, and direct our actions and attitudes.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours


Total Liberal Arts Component

Total Semester Hours for Graduation Requirement



How is Hodges Interdisciplinary Studies Program Different?

Our Class Size

With an average class size of 14 students, you will receive the individual attention you need to succeed.

Our Faculty

Our faculty members at Hodges University are highly qualified and have career experience in the subjects they teach, providing real world knowledge to our students.   

Your Choice

You can obtain your degree on campus or completely online. Choose the method that is more convenient for you!

More Information

For more information about our program or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Current Catalog.


What Will the Program Cost?

Hodges University tuition continues to be one of the lowest among private institutions in the state of Florida. Basic tuition for all undergraduate credit hour courses is $530.00 per credit hour.

Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

How Does Hodges Help?

Hodges University holds several fundraising events every year that benefit institutional scholarship funds. We also directly contribute an average of approximately two million dollars per year in loan offsetting funds to assist students in achieving their educational goals. Remember that tuition may be reduced by scholarships and grants and financial aid is available.

"Hodges University has a great library and faculty. The staff is friendly and ready to help, and the professors go out of their way to help students." - Nisa Staruch, IDS Major

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