This degree allows qualified students the opportunity to significantly design their own degree plans in line with specific interdisciplinary interests. The program gives qualified students a tremendous level of flexibility to pursue specific interests and to explore the creative possibilities of Interdisciplinary Studies. For a student to qualify, the following criteria must be met:

  • New students must have a minimum ACT score of 27 or a minimum SAT score of 1200, and must have graduated from high school with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and/or be in the top 10 percent of their graduating class.
  • Transfer students or continuing Rochester students who wish to enroll in this degree can use their previous college performance as criteria. They must have completed at least 30 hours of college credit with a minimum GPA of 3.2, with at least two faculty recommendations.
  • In order to receive this Honors degree, students must graduate with a minimum GPA of 3.4. If the student’s final GPA is below 3.4, then the “Honors” distinction will be dropped from the degree, and the student’s program will be considered under the normal Rochester College academic guidelines and count as a normal BA in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Requirements for the BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with Honors
General Education Core 49
Honors students are encouraged to choose as many upper-division classes in the general education categories as possible.
Interdisciplinary Studies Core 15
PHI 2013 Introduction to Philosophy 3
HUM 2103 Introduction to the Arts and Sciences 3
Any upper-division PHI course 3
Any Upper-Division course from another liberal arts area not including courses from the first and second concentration. General education hours may not be used to meet the requirement. 3
PHI 4813 Senior Project in Interdisciplinary Studies 3
Foreign Language 6-8
Self-Designed Program (At least 42 hours of the self-designed program must be upper-division hours.) 56-58
TOTAL FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES WITH HONORS 128