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College of the Sciences

BS Interdisciplinary Studies - Social Sciences

Program Information

The Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies - Social Sciences major (IDS) is available to students whose interests overstep traditional departmental boundaries; it is meant for those who wish to play an unusually active role in determining their course of study. One who completes the major earns a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies - Social Sciences.

Since the program is a student-designed, interdisciplinary major, course selections will vary by student. The program offers students an opportunity to devise an approved, coherent program of study with a Program Director to fulfill academic or career goals. Students in the Interdisciplinary Studies major must take courses in at least three disciplines within the major and no more than 15 credits may be numbered 490.

Program Catalog

Archived Catalogs- program requirements for prior years

FAQ about the Interdisciplinary Studies-Social Sciences Major

Procedures for Applying:

  • After you have reviewed the Program Overview and FAQ sheet contact the Program Director for your location if you have additional questions. (see Program Contacts below)
  • The Program Director will facilitate your enrollment into IDS 289. Once you are enrolled, you will learn more about the Program and will have the opportunity to fill out the Interdisciplinary Studies Major Application for admission into the major. During this class you will create your personal course of study on the course list form.
  • The Professor/Lecturer who is teaching your IDS 289 course will be your advisor throughout your program.


Interdisciplinary Studies - Social Sciences Program Contacts.  Please choose the location of interest.

     Des Moines - Ms. Cynthia Engel, IDS Director

     Ellensburg CampusMs. Alena Yastchenko, IDS Director

     Everett Ms. Trieu Doan, IDS Director

     LynnwoodMs. Trieu Doan, IDS Director

     Moses Lake  – Ms. Alena Yastchenko, IDS Director

     Pierce County  - Ms. Cynthia Engel, IDS Director

     Wenatchee  - Ms. Alena Yastchenko, IDS Director

     Yakima - Ms. Alena Yastchenko, IDS Director

     Online ProgramMs. Nicole Dunn, IDS Online Advisor
           Online Major Application Form (For Online IDS students)


Program support staff:
     Ms. Janis Orthmann, administrative assistant
     CWU Ellensburg campus, Dean Hall, room 130