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Interdisciplinary Studies

The degree program in Interdisciplinary Studies educates students for a wide variety of careers and graduate study. The program offers students a choice of three disciplinary concentrations that are drawn upon to provide insights and perspectives on complex problems that are beyond the scope of a single disciplinary perspective. A degree that integrates and develops competencies in several disciplines may be the best preparation for the shifting demands of the modern workplace.

The wealth of elective and online credits available in Interdisciplinary Studies affords excellent opportunities for students with prior learning experience (transfer students, veterans, and working adults) who need to complete their degrees in a compressed period of time. Through transfer credits taken at other institutions or through life experience, students may also have their learning experiences converted to NYIT credits.

This flexible degree program is also ideal for NYIT students changing majors who would like to have many of their pre-professional credits from other NYIT programs counted toward their degree. The ability to use these courses in Interdisciplinary Studies concentrations can allow students to graduate on time even if they have spent one or two years in a different major.

Program Components

A program of academic advisement matches a student with a faculty advisor, and together they design a degree map. The course of study is built around a required liberal arts core curriculum (36 credits), which introduces students to the various areas of study at the college. In addition to the core courses, each student selects three subject areas of concentration, taking at least 12 credits in each area. The 39 remaining elective credits are chosen to complete and complement the student’s individual degree plan. An additional 18 elective credits may be taken in one of these areas of concentration (for a total of 30 credits), and an additional six elective credits in each of the other two areas (for a total of 18 credits in each).

Interdisciplinary Studies has only four required courses offered by the program:

  • Interdisciplinary Career Development (IDSP 101) Introduces students to a range of career possibilities and interdisciplinary skills.
  • Foundations of Interdisciplinary Research (IDSP 310) introduces students to the historical contexts of Interdisciplinary Studies and the development of academic disciplines.
  • Capstone Seminar (IDSP 410) rounds out the college experience by involving students in research activities related to their concentrations.
  • Students must also complete an Internship (IDSP 450) or Senior Project (IDSP 403).

Areas of concentration may be selected from 15 categories. Program advisors have a full list of courses that can be used to fulfill these concentrations:

  • Architecture
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biological and Chemical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communication Arts
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Art and Design
  • English
  • Hospitality Management
  • Humanities*
  • Mathematics/Physics
  • Social Sciences
  • Technical Writing
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications Management

* The humanities concentration may include courses in such areas as literature, philosophy, art history, architectural history, or film history.

The program in Interdisciplinary Studies offers three degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies

Although all students complete the same core courses, individual degree plans differ significantly:

  • Students who complete at least 75 percent (90 credits or more) of liberal arts courses will be granted the Bachelor of Arts.
  • Those who complete at least 50 percent (60–89 credits) of liberal arts courses will be awarded the Bachelor of Science.
  • The Bachelor of Professional Studies is granted to those students with fewer than 60 credits of liberal arts courses.

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This program follows our general admission requirements.

Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Copies of transcripts of all high school work, including college-level courses. Your midyear and final grades will be required. All final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester.
  • Official SAT (critical reading and math only) or ACT test scores. You have the option of submitting results from the previous or redesigned SAT. If you have fewer than 24 credits of previous college work completed, you will need to submit official SAT or ACT scores.
    • NYIT SAT Code: 2561, NYIT ACT Code: 2832
  • Two letters of recommendation

  • 300–350 word essay on one of the following topics:

    • Tell us about your career goals and why attending NYIT would further these goals.
    • Describe the achievement of which you are most proud and why.

International Students Special Requirements