Most Arts undergraduate students select a major or a combination of specializations (list of BA specializations). In addition, Faculty of Arts students have the option to build a unique BA program of their own through the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST) Program.
IDST students design a program of study drawn from two of four broad categories: Humanities, Social Sciences, Creative and Performing Arts, and Sciences. This program should aim to progress the student’s individual academic and professional goals.
A student-designed program may be appropriate as preparation for advanced study in a wide range of professional fields, such as Education, Journalism, Law, Library/Information Studies, and in some cases Business, Social Work, or even Medicine.
Compared to departmental programs in the disciplines, IDST does not usually offer the preparation required for graduate study in a specific field.
All BA degree requirements apply to the IDST program (BA Degree Requirements).
In addition to the Interdisciplinary program (IDST), the Faculty of Arts offers a variety of interdisciplinary major and minor programs, ranging from African Studies to Health and Society. These can be found here: Interdisciplinary Programs (BA), and you can find more information on specific program websites.
Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Dr. Clayton Ashton, Chair