What is Interdisciplinary Studies?
What is interdisciplinary studies (INTS)?
- Interdisciplinary studies is a thirty-five year-old academic field and the thirteenth most popular major across the United States.
- Nationally, almost 500,000 students graduated with an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary degree since 1973.
- The INTS program allows students to custom build their own program of study resulting in either a B.A.I.S. or B.S.I.S. degree.
- There are 652 interdisciplinary programs nationwide, along with 215 interdisciplinary masters and 65 doctoral programs.
INTS at UT Arlington
- With around 700 students in the INTS program at the University of Texas at Arlington, ours is one of the largest and fastest growing academic programs on campus.
- The INTS program at UTA is the largest program of its kind in Texas.
- In building custom degree plans, students mix the required core components with various disciplinary components to meet the academic and professional needs of the student.
- Studies show that students with a background in interdisciplinary studies perform significantly better on tests measuring reasoning, intellectual, and ethical development.
- The science, medical, and engineering professions are placing a greater emphasis on interdisciplinarity.
- Interdisciplinary education bridges the "gap" between academia and society by equipping students to think integratively, learn cooperatively, and produce new understandings of real world problems and meaningful questions.
- Employers increasingly desire graduates ready to address the "interdisciplinary" needs of the work world and global economy.
- Businesses value the hallmarks of interdisciplinarity: analytical thinking, critical thinking, research, and clarity and precision in reading, writing, and speaking.
Interdisciplinary Studies (INTS)