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Pierce County

BS Interdisciplinary Studies - Social Sciences

The Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies–Social Sciences is for students who are interested in broader options in course selection than are possible within a traditional departmental major and who want to specialize their course of study according to individual interests and professional/educational aspirations. Persons holding this degree will find employment in a variety of occupations, ranging from corporate to social services, depending upon their primary emphasis among the various disciplines within the social science category. This degree also provides excellent preparation for graduate studies in psychology, sociology, social work, political science, and many other areas.

CWU-Pierce County offers either a 62-credit or a 47-credit major, with many course delivery options including traditional classroom, interactive television, web centric, and online classes. Additionally, both majors can be completed entirely online.

Here is what one of our students had to say about the Interdisciplinary Studies-Social Sciences major: "My liberal arts degree has helped to open so many doors for me and it has sparked my interest in things that I otherwise would not have even known existed."

Application Process

  1. Apply for admission to Central Washington University online at www.cwu.edu/admissions.  Submit official electronic or hard copy transcripts from any colleges or universities you have attended to Admissions in Ellensburg and provide the Des Moines Center with a student copy for advising purposes.
  2. To apply for the IDS major, contact the program director. For more information, visit www.cwu.edu/sciences/interdisciplinarystudies-socialsciences.

Prerequisites

It is recommended that the student complete as many 100- and 200-level courses as possible in their field of interest during their freshman and sophomore years.

Curriculum

Students choose between a 62-credit major and a 47-credit major.

62-credit Major
Required courses: IDS 289 (1 cr.), IDS 389 (3 cr.), and IDS 489 (1 cr.)

Required Research Methods in the Social Sciences Credits: (4-5) approved courses
ANTH 444 - Enthnographic Field Methods (4 cr.)
PSY 300 - Research Methods in Psychology (5 cr.)
SOC 363 - Methods of Social Research (5 cr.)
or as approved by program director


60 credits must be taken from the list of approved courses, 45 of which must be upper division. Students must take courses in at least three disciplines within the major. No more than 15 credits may be numbered 398, 498, or 490.

47-credit Major
Required courses: IDS 289 (1 cr.), IDS 389 (3 cr.), and IDS 489 (1 cr.)

Required Research Methods in the Social Sciences Credits: (4-5) approved courses
ANTH 444 - Enthnographic Field Methods (4 cr.)
PSY 300 - Research Methods in Psychology (5 cr.)
SOC 363 - Methods of Social Research (5 cr.)
or as approved by program director

45 credits must be taken from the list of approved courses, 30 of which must be upper division. Students must take courses in at least three disciplines within the major. No more than 10 credits may be numbered 398, 498, or 490. Minors offered at CWU-Pierce County include: Law and Justice, Psychology, Social Services, and Sociology. Online minors include: Administrative Management, Family Studies, Latino and Latin American Studies, Psychology, Retail Management and Technology, and Sociology.

Courses Approved for the Interdisciplinary Studies Major
All courses for:  
American Indian StudiesIDS - Social Sciences 
AnthropologyLaw and Justice 
EconomicsPolitical Science 
Environmental StudiesPsychology 
Ethnic StudiesSociology 
GeographyWomen's and Gender Studies 
History  


Approved courses only for:
Health Education*: HED 209, 210, 310, 317, 330, 387, 412, 450, 471, 472
Library Science: LIB 345
University 309

Additional Degree Requirements

Meet CWU's general education requirements through a community college direct transfer agreement (DTA) associate degree, bachelor's degree, or equivalent from any state accredited college or university.

Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in each course in an approved interdisciplinary studies major plan and achieve a minimum 2.25 GPA in the major. Courses in a student's minor or second major may not be included in the interdisciplinary studies major plan without advisor's consent. Students will not be allowed to enroll in IDS 289 and IDS 489 concurrently.

Graduation Requirements

A minimum of 180 quarter credits is required for a baccalaureate degree. Central allows a maximum of 135 quarter (90 semester) credits to transfer from regionally accredited four-year institutions, including no more than 105 quarter (70 semester) credits of lower-division (100-200 level) coursework from a regionally accredited community college. A minimum of 60 credits of upper-division study is required.

BS Interdisciplinary Studies - Social Sciences (PDF)
BS Interdisciplinary Studies - Social Sciences Transfer Academic Program Plan (PDF)