Interdisciplinary Studies

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science

Nature of Program

The WVU Tech student who is studying Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) in the College of Business, Humanities, and Social Sciences is provided the unique opportunity to develop his/her own flexible Program of Study toward either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree that represents their personal and career goals. Students work closely with the IDS Program Advisor in structuring their program and completing their degree program. Based upon the student's selected areas of study, this unique degree option includes elective opportunities that can be used to further develop knowledge in the selected areas of study, related areas, or career-oriented courses. Each student's self-designed program of interdisciplinary study is what makes an IDS degree unique.

Areas of Study

The following list of areas of study represents a few of the many possibilities for combining two or three areas of study and scholarship uniquely available to IDS students. More options than those presented below are available throughout the university

  • Accounting
  • Criminal Justice
  • English Studies
  • Fraud Examination
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Business Management
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Accounting and Finance
  • History and Government
  • Marketing
  • Risk and Insurance
  • Sport Management

Students are encouraged to explore IDS Program options. Students considering entering into the degree program who wish to identify areas of study other than those in the above Core List should make arrangements to meet with the IDS Program Advisor to discuss their choices.

For specific information on the following programs please see the links to the right:

  • Interdisciplinary Studies B.A.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies B.S.

In this section:

Department of Accounting and Finance

Department of Biology

Department of Computer Science and Information Systems

Department of History, English, and Creative Arts

Department of Management

Department of Mathematics

Department of Physical Sciences

Department of Psychology

Department of Social Sciences and Public Administration

Department of Sport Studies

Department of Accounting and Finance

Accounting

minor code - ut01

Required Courses
ACCT 201Principles of Accounting3
ACCT 202Principles of Accounting3
ACCT 311Intermediate Accounting3
Select three of the following courses:9
Intermediate Accounting
Accounting Systems
Financial Statement Analysis
Advanced Cost Management
Income Tax Accounting 1
Income Tax Accounting 2
Professional Field Experience
Total Hours18

finance

MINOR CODE - UT06

Required Courses
ACCT 491Professional Field Experience3
ECON 331Money and Banking3
FIN 310Investments3
FIN 321Personal Finance3
FIN 325Financial Management 13
FIN 326Financial Management 23
Total Hours18

fraud examination

MINOR CODE - UT07

Required Courses
ACCT 201Principles of Accounting3
ACCT 348Financial Statement Analysis3
ACCT 420Fraud Examination3
ACCT 421Fraud Management: Legal/Ethical Issues3
ACCT 422Advanced Fraud Investigation & Analysis3
ACCT 423Information Security and Controls3
Total Hours18

Department of Biology

biology

minor code - ut02

Required Courses
BIOL 111General Biology4
BIOL 112General Biology4
BIOL Electives (must include at least 9 credit hours of upper division courses)16
Total Hours24

Department of Computer Science and Information Systems

computer science

minor code - ut24

Student must earn a grade of C or better for each of the courses counted towards the minor.
Required Courses
CS 121Computer Science 14
CS 122Computer Science 24
Complete the requirements for one of the following tracks:8-9
Programming Track
Data Structures
Intro Software Engineering
Principles of Programming Languages
Systems Track
Introduction to Computer Organization
C Programming
Computer System Concepts
Select two of the following courses:6
Introduction to Networking
Database Management
Compiler Construction
Operating Systems Structure
Introduction to Cybersecurity
Artificial Intelligence
Total Hours22-23

Department of History, English, and Creative Arts

history and government

MINOR CODE - UT09

Required Courses
POLS 102Introduction to American Government3
Select one of the following sets of courses:6
Growth of the American Nation to 1865
and Making of Modern America: 1865 to the Present
World History to 1500
and World History Since 1500
POLS 300+ Level Courses3
HIST 200+ Level Courses9
Total Hours21

professional writing and editing

MINOR CODE - UT23

Minimum 3.0 GPA in PWE courses.
Required Courses
ENGL 301Writing Theory and Practice3
ENGL 302Editing3
Select one course from each of the three following groups:9
Business and Technical Writing
Business and Professional Writing
Technical Writing
Writing with Technology
Multimedia Writing
Topics in Humanities Computing
Linguistics
The English Language
History of the English Language
Total Hours15

Department of Management

business administration

minor code - ut03

Required Courses
ACCT 201Principles of Accounting3
ACCT 202Principles of Accounting3
BCOR 320Legal Environment of Business3
BCOR 350Principles of Marketing3
BCOR 370Managing Individuals and Teams3
CS 101Intro to Computer Applications4
FIN 325Financial Management 13
MANG 386Business Statistics3
Total Hours25

human resources administration

minor code - UT10

Required Courses
MANG 330Human Resource Management Fundamentals3
MANG 422The Individual and the Organization3
Select three of the following:9
Collective Bargaining
Training and Development
Leadership In Business
Topics in Social Psychology
Total Hours15

marketing

MINOR CODE - UT13

Required Courses
BCOR 350Principles of Marketing3
MKTG 380Integrated Promotions3
Select four of the following courses:12
Buyer Behavior
Marketing Research
Retail Management
Sales Management
Global Marketing
Total Hours18

Department of Mathematics

mathematics

minor code - ut14

Required Courses
MATH 155Calculus 14
MATH 156Calculus 24
MATH 251Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 261Elementary Differential Equations4
MATH 441Applied Linear Algebra3
Select two of the following courses:6
Introduction to the Concepts of Mathematics
MATH 300+ or 400+ Level Courses (excluding MATH 315)
Total Hours25

Department of Physical Sciences

chemistry

MINOR CODE - UT04

A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 is required for this minor.
A minimum grade of D- is required for the courses in this minor.
Required Courses
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry4
CHEM 116Fundamentals of Chemistry4
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHEM 234
CHEM 236
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
Select two of the following courses:8
Introductory Analytical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Physical Chemistry
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Total Hours24

Department of Psychology

psychology

minor code - ut17

A minimum grade of C- is required for all courses in the minor.
Required Courses
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 202Research Methods in Psychology3
PSYC 301Biological Foundations of Behavior3-4
or PSYC 302 Behavior Principles
Select one of the following courses:3
Introduction to Human Development
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Select two of the following courses:6
History and Systems of Psychology
Child and Adolescent Development
Topics in Social Psychology
Personality Theory
Exceptional Children
Learning and Behavior Theory
Applied Behavior Analysis
Professional Field Experience
Special Topics
Independent Study
Total Hours18-19

Department of Social Sciences and Public Administration

criminal justice

minor code - ut21

A 2.0 GPA is required for all courses counted toward the minor.
Required Courses
CJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 233Juvenile Justice3
Select three of the following courses:9
Fraud Management: Legal/Ethical Issues
Law Enforcement Administration
Courts and Judicial Systems
Criminal Investigations
Public Administration
American Constitutional Law
Terrorism and National Security
Deviant Behavior
Social Research Methods
Total Hours15

economics

minor code - ut05

Must have 18 credit hours and 9 hours must be 300 or 400 level courses
Required Courses
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 301Intermediate Micro-Economic Theory3
Select three of the following:9
Elementary Business and Economics Statistics
Money and Banking
Managerial Economics
Collective Bargaining
Public Economics
Other ECON courses may be accepted with advisor approval.
Total Hours18

political science

MINOR CODE - UT16

Must have 18 credit hours and 9 hours must be 300 or 400 level courses.
Required Courses
POLS 102Introduction to American Government3
POLS 260Introduction to International Relations3
POLS 319Comparative Government3
Select three of the following courses:9
Global Political Issues
State and Local Government
American Constitutional Law
Terrorism and National Security
Public Administration
Advisor Approved POLS and HUMS Courses
Total Hours18

sociology

minor code - UT19

Must have 18 hours of sociology courses and 9 hours must be in 300 or 400 level sociology courses.
A 2.0 GPA is required for all courses counted toward the minor.
Required Courses
SOCA 101Introduction to Sociology3
Sociology (SOCA) Electives15
(must include at least 9 credit hours of upper division courses)
Women in Appalachia (may be included as part of the Sociology minor)
Total Hours18

Department of Sport Studies

Sport management

minor code - UT20

A minimum grade of C- is required for all courses in this minor.
Required Courses
BCOR 350Principles of Marketing3
BCOR 370Managing Individuals and Teams3
SM 425Sport Facility and Event Management3
SM 485Sport Management3
SM 486Sport Marketing & Sales3
Select one of the following:3
Sport Finance and Economics
History and Philosophy of Sport
Total Hours18

Major Learning Goals

interdisciplinary Studies

  1. Develop broad knowledge in two or more areas of study.
  2. Explain interdisciplinary studies and its value to career goals and the community to others.
  3. Collect and evaluate information using the appropriate interdisciplinary perspectives.
  4. Compose various academic documents associated with a successful career path, including a research paper, cover letter, and resume.
  5. Analyze contemporary issues using an interdisciplinary perspective and academic knowledge.

Faculty

Assistant professor

  • Rachel Lanier Bragg - Ph.D. (Old Dominion University)