Western Kentucky University

WKU Online

Program Requirements

The Associate’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies requires completion of 60 credit hours with a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average. These hours must be distributed among general education requirements and two areas of emphasis.

Students who have previously earned 60 hours of credit with a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or above in all higher education course work completed at Western Kentucky University and have met all other requirements for the degree, may apply as candidates for the Associate of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree. If, upon evaluation of their transcripts, such students meet all the requirements for the degree, the degree will be awarded at the next graduation ceremony.

Academic Requirements


General Education Requirements (21 hours)

Choose from the courses listed below in each category.

Category A – Organization and Communication of Ideas (6 hours)

  • English 100 - Intro to College Writing (required)
  • Category A Elective

Category B – Humanities (3 hours)

  • Category B Elective

Category C – Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)

  • Category C Elective
  • Category C Elective

Category D – Mathematics and Natural Sciences (3 hours)

  • Category D Elective

Category E – World Culture (3 hours)

  • Category E Elective

Areas of Emphasis (27 hours)

Two areas of emphasis are required, with at least 9 hours in each area. The following are approved areas of emphasis:

  • Arts
  • Organization and Communication of Ideas
  • Business
  • Science
  • Education
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • Health
  • Social Justice and Equity Studies
  • Technology
  • Humanities

Electives: (12 hours)

  • 12 hours of any college level course

Students seeking the Associate’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies must complete a minimum of 16 hours of residence credit at Western Kentucky University (which includes Bowling Green Community College of Western Kentucky University). A minimum of 12 hours of the 16 residence hours must be earned during the last half of the program.

The Associate’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies cannot be filed as a second degree program; as a result, students applying for concurrent or secondary associate degrees must file the Associates Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies as their primary degree program.

Please Note: Developmental courses do NOT count toward the total number of hours earned.

 Last Modified 8/15/13