May 25, 2019
Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS)
The Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies (BS, IDS) program provides exciting opportunities for students to study within and across programs. Rather than be limited to one discipline, IDS students get to challenge boundaries and expand worldviews through learning experiences that span across more than one academic area. For more information about the overall requirements of the program and/or other approved minors, please go to the IDS page .
IDS, Human Services Minor
The Human Services minor is designed for students who are interested in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to work with underrepresented populations who have varying needs. Work in this field may include providing support to individuals and/or families who receive services in residential, community, and a variety of other settings. The Human Services minor begins to prepare individuals for the rewarding career of making a difference in the lives of others. This minor may be very complementary to the Criminal Justice minor, Business, Health Administration, Senior Living Leadership and/or a variety of other minors available in the IDS program.
The program outcomes for the BS, IDS are as follows:
- Acquire various bodies of knowledge and competencies, and deepen insight within and across academic disciplines.
- Demonstrate critical writing, thinking, calculating, and communication proficiencies.
- Critique and integrate varying worldviews across fields of study.
- Understand the foundation of ethical and professional standards, including those specific to areas of study.
- Develop a foundation for lifelong learning.
- Obtain the credential or degree needed to advance or enter professional careers.
General Education Requirements 2017
Beginning July 1, 2017, new general education requirements (listed below) become effective for online, undergraduate students at Saint Joseph’s College. The college’s general education curriculum is a set of courses that reflect the college’s vision of what it means to be an educated person. It is the heart of our baccalaureate education, and provides the grounding for the student’s major course of study. The core curriculum supports key parts of the college’s mission: to encourage students to explore widely the arts and sciences while they also prepare to lead ethical and meaningful lives and to enhance students’ awareness of human dignity and the meaning of life. Moreover, the general education curriculum supports several of SJC’s Institutional Learning Outcomes. Specifically:
- Identify and apply the ethical and moral dimensions of their particular field of study;
- Demonstrate effective communication skills in both written and oral formats;
- Engage in responsible citizenship, social justice, and environmental stewardship;
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze and evaluate information from diverse sources and perspectives.
The new requirements consist of four learning themes: Foundations for College Level Thinking, The Human Condition and Human Story, Nature & Society, and Art, Creativity, and Self-Knowledge. The online general education requirements are aligned with the on-campus core. Note: Some academic programs have minor variations in general education requirements. Please talk to your Advisor or Admissions Counselor for more information.
General Education Requirements (42 credits)
Foundations for College Level Thinking (3 courses)
The Human Condition and the Human Story (6 courses)
Nature and Society (3 courses)
Art, Creativity, and Self-Knowledge (2 courses)
Interdisciplinary Studies (BS) Requirements
(to satisfy general education requirement)
(6 courses, 18 credits, including a 3-credit elective in Social Sciences at 200 level or higher).
General Elective Courses
Additional courses (electives) to complete the required 128 semester-hour credits may be selected from any of the course offerings described in the catalog.