Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
Program Delivery: On Campus and Online
This program is offered on campus or entirely online.

Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code: 30.0000

The Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies program at Hodges University can be defined as a field of study that crosses traditional boundaries and draws upon two or more disciplines broadening the student’s exposure and experience and that leads to an integration of disciplinary insights.  The core courses of the program focus on concepts that cross several disciplines and students may also choose a degree focus in digital design and graphics. The curriculum for the IDS focus in digital design and graphics is certified by the American Digital Design Association (ADDA).

Critical to understanding complex contemporary problems and finding solutions to them, the IDS core provides students with important concepts including critical thinking, innovative thinking, interdisciplinary thinking, effective communication, teamwork and an understanding of diversity in a global environment. Having a working knowledge of these concepts provide the skills that make graduates more desirable in the workforce.

The focus in digital design and graphics prepares students for the evolving field of digital design including print, packaging, brand identity, environmental, interactive and 3-dimensional design. Designers may choose a specialty area based on their talents and interests.

Is an Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Right for Me?

A degree in interdisciplinary studies can ready the student for a wide range of occupations since it is not focused on any particular career field. Many jobs require a bachelor's degree with no specific discipline requirements.  An interdisciplinary studies degree can be used to pursue a variety of career goals such as managerial careers, government positions, social work professions, careers in the field of technology and many other fields.

Interdisciplinary studies is an excellent choice for students who are not set on one career path but ready to advance in the workplace. Students can begin their collegiate experience with a degree in interdisciplinary studies. Many will then continue to obtain career-specific graduate degrees or professional certifications.

Is a Focus in Digital Design and Graphics Right for me?

Art comes in many different forms, and with the evolution of technology, the computer is now one of the most popular canvases in use today.

This program may be a good choice for you if:

  • You are artistic and creative.
  • You enjoy problem-solving.
  • You are a good communicator.
  • You enjoy working with technology.
  • You enjoy working with others.

What is the Interdisciplinary Studies Career Outlook?

Because 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 a bachelor’s degree earned an average of $60.112 per year and had an unemployment rate of 2.7 percent in 2016.*


What Can I Do with the IDS Degree?

The degree in interdisciplinary studies allows success in careers in many diversified occupations. Depending on personal interest, this degree program will be a good foundation for a career in education, many business areas, civil service, human resources or technology.


The certification process for teaching is organized into four categories. A graduate of interdisciplinary studies would be considered a college graduate from a non-education program. Once you have made the decision to teach, you will need to decide the subject in which you would like to teach and begin the process by applying for a Florida Temporary Certificate in that subject. Florida law requires that teachers demonstrate mastery of basic skills, professional knowledge and content area of specialization. Job seekers must complete the Florida Certification Examination and other requirements of the Florida Department of Education. Hodges has established relationships with the local school boards and will assist you in the work referral process.  For more information, visit the Florida Department of Education website or your local school district website.

Advanced Professional

Regardless of the industry in which you choose to pursue a career, all industries need professionals ready for career advancement. The interdisciplinary studies degree is the right degree to help you develop as a professional and prepare for advancement. The interdisciplinary studies degree will help you build and refine your skills through core courses like Teamwork, Communications, Innovative Thinking and Diversity. These courses will strengthen your skill set and prepare you for advancement.  The interdisciplinary studies degree embraces a broad scope of electives allowing you to choose the area of interest you want to concentrate on regardless of your occupation.

Human Resources

Employers often seek graduates with a technical or business background, or a well-rounded liberal arts education when seeking to hire into their human resources departments. An interdisciplinary studies background is an excellent fit for this field since it combines the coursework of social sciences, business and behavior sciences.

Social/Human Services

Employers increasingly seek individuals with relevant work experience or education beyond high school in this field. In general, advancement requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree. General education courses in liberal arts, sciences and humanities are a part of the expected curriculum for a person entering this profession. An interdisciplinary studies degree offers this core and additional professionalism coursework to help you to excel in this field.

Civil Service

Civil service encompasses employment in federal, state and local governmental agencies. Each of these governmental units is independent and engages in different hiring practices. The education level and experience needed by workers in state and local governments varies by occupation. Regardless of the hiring agency, all civil service organizations seek well-rounded professionals. As an interdisciplinary studies graduate, you will be prepared to work in civil service organizations and advance in your career.

Graduate School

Many Interdisciplinary Studies students return to school to complete their bachelor’s degree and move on to a graduate degree. The Interdisciplinary Studies degree offers a liberal amount of transfer credits allowing the student to complete their bachelor’s degree faster and move on to their master degree in their chosen field of study.  

What Can I Do with the Focus in Digital Design and Graphics?

The projected change in employment of graphic designers from 2016 to 2026 varies by industry with the employment of graphic designers in computer systems design and related services expected to grow 20 percent.

As companies continue to expand online, graphic designers are needed to create visually appealing and effective websites as well as marketing products and services throughout the economy.*



  • Signage
  • Newspaper Design
  • Digital Pre-Press
  • Printing
  • Magazine Design
  • Web Design


  • Television
  • Video Production
  • Video Game Design
  • Animation


  • Corporate In-House Designer
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Real Estate
  • Packaging Design
  • Public Relations
  • Graphic Designer

What Will I Learn?

The courses offered in the interdisciplinary studies program are grouped in such a fashion that the professors can apply their knowledge and professional experience to make meaningful interconnections between the concepts presented in class. Students receive an education that does not focus on separate disciplines but rather on the integration of the concepts and how they are used to solve complex real-world problems.

The ADDA-certified focus in digital design and graphics focuses heavily on the principles and practical applications of the modern day visual communicator. The required IDS core provides students with a solid foundation, and the specialty areas allow students a degree of specialization based on the individual designer's area of interest.

Find more detailed information in the University Catalog

How is Hodges University’s Interdisciplinary Studies Program Different?

Program Philosophy

The philosophy of the IDS program is to provide students with a broad interdisciplinary approach to knowledge. By researching and integrating various concepts, students are taught how to think expansively and learn how to apply that knowledge to analyze complex social, business and global issues. Effective communication and teamwork skills are emphasized in the program as it focuses on a holistic approach to education that prepares students to become career professionals in their chosen field.

The Hodges Interdisciplinary Studies Program also values the past educational experiences the student has and allows for a liberal amount of transfer credits into the program. This allows the student to expand on what they already know and complete their degree faster.  

Our DDG Program Is Certified

Our curriculum is certified by the American Digital Design Association (ADDA). Curriculum Certification provides recognition to schools and training facilities whose curriculum in "Design Drafting" or "Digital Design (Graphic Arts)" meets or exceeds industry standards.

ADDA Curriculum Certification acknowledges the standards established and approved by the ADDA, and supported by related organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the International Code Council, the American Society of Testing Materials, Association of Career and Technical Educators, and many others.

The Curriculum Certification also provides a means of encouraging schools to develop and upgrade program curriculum to better prepare students to meet workforce and employment requirements, a goal Hodges University strongly supports.

Our Faculty

Our interdisciplinary studies and digital design and graphics faculty are highly experienced and qualified in a variety of career fields. Their real-world knowledge and experiences are invaluable resources for our students. At Hodges University, we believe students are more than just numbers to fill a class.  Our faculty members and staff recognize each student as an individual and are happy to provide the personal attention you need to succeed.

Your Choice

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

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We look forward to welcoming you to the Hodges family!

Your Faculty Members

Craig Heller
Adjunct Faculty
Karen Locklear
Adjunct Faculty
Gail Sabo
Program Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies
Peter Van Leeuwen
Director of Online Learning

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