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AIS Program Requirements

The Associate’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies requires completion of 60 credit hours (21 hours of general education/colonnade requirements; 27 hours distributed among two areas of emphasis; 12 hours of electives, which may be applied to earning an undergraduate certificate or can be completed with general electives). A minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average is required for graduation. AIS degree candidates must fill out a degree program, which serves as an agreement between the University and the student regarding the course requirements for the AIS degree, and is valid for five years from the date approved by the college dean. Once the form is complete, students may email it directly to the AIS advisor, Merrall Price at merrall.price@wku.edu.

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 AIS 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 for AIS Students Starting 
Prior to Fall 2014


Colonnade Program for AIS Degree Starting           
Fall 2014 or After


Cat. A1: Organization Communication of Ideas
ENG 100: Freshman English
Approved category A1 elective


College Composition (WC)
Oral and Written composition must be represented
ENG 100: Freshman English and
COMM 145 or other approved course


Cat. B: Humanities
Any class from Category BI or BII


Arts and Humanities (AH)
Literary Studies (ENG 200 or approved course) 
and An approved course from AH Explorations list


Cat. C: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Two classes from Category C


Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB)
World History (HIST 101 or HIST 102)
and An approved course from SB Explorations list


Cat. D: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Any class from Category DI or DII (Science or Math)


Quantitative Reasoning (QR) or 
Natural & Physical Sciences
MATH 109/116 OR other approved course OR
approved Natural & Physical Science course


Category E: World Cultures
Approved Category E elective




Total Hours Required General Education Program
applicable to students starting prior to Fall 2014


Total Hours Required for Colonnade Program 
applicable to students starting Fall 2014 or after



Students who are ready to plan their degree program should refer to wku.edu/online/online-classes.php for more information regarding the General Education/Colonnade program. The schedule of classes is also accessible from that page, and allows students to see past, current and upcoming course offerings.

The AIS program allows great customization of the degree based on each student's academic and professional goals, and personal interests. Students must select two areas of emphasis from the list of approved categories. An overall total of 27 credit hours is required, with a minimum of 9 hours in each of the two selected concentrations. Additionally, students must complete 12 credit hours of electives, which may be strategically selected to build upon the student's goals and objectives.

AIS Degree: Approved Areas of Emphasis


Organization and Communication of Ideas




Social and Behavioral Science


Social Justice and Equity Studies



In addition to the 21 hours of general education/colonnade requirements, and 27 hours in concentration areas, students are required to complete 12 hours of electives. Electives can be selected from any college level course. Students may use elective hours to further build their expertise in a specific area by earning an undergraduate certificate or to explore areas of interest. 

Please note the following additional information:

  • The AIS cannot be filed as a second degree program; as a result, students applying for concurrent or secondary associate's degrees must file the AIS as their primary degree program.
  • Developmental courses do NOT count toward the total number of hours earned.


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 Last Modified 3/16/18