Interdisciplinary Studies

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John L. Neace, Senior Director
300 Senior Hall


Varies according to degree program option.

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Undergraduate Programs

The Interdisciplinary Studies Program offers students degree programs which provide a broad background applicable to a variety of careers. The program has three emphases: liberal arts, prior learning and interdisciplinary studies.

This program is intended to serve:

  • students who prefer a broad liberal arts concentration (Liberal Arts);
  • students who have acquired substantial specialized training and experience outside the academic classroom (Prior Learning);
  • students who wish to complete an interdisciplinary option using two or three academic disciplines (Interdisciplinary).

Required courses in the following programs of study may have prerequisites. Reference the course description section for clarification.

Course by Course Evaluation

The Course by Course Evaluation process is available for currently enrolled students, seeking to have their out-of-classroom learning evaluated by an academic department for specific course equivalency. The faculty establishes the evaluation criteria in order to determine the students learning which must be comparable to the content of the Eastern course being challenged. All challenges must be approved by the department chair. For more specific information contact the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Major in Interdisciplinary Studies Leading to a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

The Advanced Standing Master of Occupational Therapy program will allow a student to complete the requirements for an undergraduate degree while enrolled in courses required for the first year of the professional Occupational Therapy program. The student begins the occupational therapy track in the senior year, earns a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and applies to the Advanced Standing MOT program, which can be completed over the next one and half years. This program will introduce occupational therapy to undergraduate students early in their career development.

Admission to Combined Bachelor’s and Master of Occupational Therapy Program

The student first meets with the Admissions Coordinator of the Occupational Therapy Department for review of prerequisites, the course of study and a discussion of occupational therapy as a profession. A student pursuing a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies will be referred to the director of Interdisciplinary Studies for formal application.

Students interested in working toward a combined Bachelor’s and Master of Occupational Therapy should contact Carrie Walker, Admissions Coordinator, Department of Occupational Therapy, Eastern Washington University, 310 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Box R, Spokane WA 99202-1675 or call 509.368.6560.

Students interested in the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies major are encouraged to meet with an advisor from the Department of Occupational Therapy during the sophomore year and no later than the spring of the junior year. During the first three years of the Interdisciplinary Studies major with an emphasis in Occupational Therapy, the student develops a course of study to address his or her interests, as well as meet university and interdisciplinary studies’ major requirements. Additionally, during this time, the student fulfills the prerequisite requirements for the Advanced Standing MOT.

Students who require advising in the Interdisciplinary Studies major with an emphasis in Occupational Therapy should contact John Neace , Director, Interdisciplinary Studies, 300 Senior Hall, Cheney, WA, 99004-2414 or call 509.359.6524.

Admission into the occupational therapy track is offered only one time per year with students beginning the program summer quarter. A group interview is required for admission into the occupational therapy track. The deadline for applications is the January 1st prior to the expected summer quarter admission. The department admission committee will review and evaluate all applicants’ admission materials and prerequisites. Check with the department for exact admission deadlines: 509.368.6560.

Occupational Therapy Track Admission Criteria

  • Completion of 122 or more undergraduate credits and all general education requirements for EWU.
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses for application to the occupational therapy track. All of the prerequisite courses must be completed prior to admission into the occupational therapy track.

Additional Requirements

The admissions process in occupational therapy is highly competitive. The requirements listed below are the minimum acceptable requirements to apply to the program and are not indicative of the competitive range of students generally accepted into the program.

The following are the minimum acceptable requirements:

  • minimum cumulative GPA 3.0 in the last 60 graded quarter hours;
  • minimum cumulative GPA 3.0 for all prerequisite courses with no course <2.5.

Students enrolled in the occupational therapy track must complete the schedule of courses in the MOT curriculum toward completion of a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies.


  • see Occupational Therapy for the list of courses;
  • a student may elect to discontinue the occupational therapy track and decide not to pursue the Master of Occupational Therapy. The student may complete the remaining 180 credits toward graduation in courses outside the occupational therapy curriculum and meet the graduation requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

Colin Ormsby, Vice Provost for Academic Planning, Graduate Programs, Grants and Institutional Research
206 Showalter Hall

Interdisciplinary programs using existing offerings from qualified departments may be arranged with the approval of the vice provost for Graduate Education and Research and a committee representing the fields of study involved. This committee, under the vice provost, provides the student with program advice and supervision.


Students applying for admission to a Master of Arts or Master of Science interdisciplinary degree program must follow the procedures for general admission to Graduate Studies as set forth previously in this catalog.

In addition, admission to an interdisciplinary degree program requires:

  • a GPA 3.0 for the last 90 graded quarter credits
  • an approved program proposal that has signatures of the faculty who have agreed to serve as advisors. The proposal form can be found at the Graduate Studies website.

Program Requirements

  • minimum of 50 quarter credits
  • no more than 12 credits at the 400 level
  • no more than 12 credits of independent study (499 or 599)
  • minimum of 20 credits in the major, including either a research project or thesis, and minimum of 15 credits in at least one minor field.
  1. submission of the proposal to the vice provost for Graduate Education and Research or designee, listing the courses in the program of study and signed for approval by the department chair in the major field and each minor field (or graduate program director for fields not located within a single department);
  2. inclusion in the proposal of a statement written by the student explaining how the proposed combination of courses comprises an interdisciplinary degree program and is not simply a combination of courses from multiple disciplines;
  3. inclusion within the program of a project (variable credit) that integrates the various disciplines represented;
  4. inclusion in the proposal of a research component.

Approval of the program by the vice provost for Graduate Education and Research or designee shall be forthcoming only after a meeting of the vice provost or designee and the student’s interdisciplinary faculty committee. A purpose of the meeting will be to clarify how the program is interdisciplinary and not simply a combination of courses from multiple disciplines.

The Interdisciplinary Program Review Committee (IPRC), a Committee to the Graduate Affairs Council, serves as the designee for the vice provost responsible for graduate studies and provides oversight and approval for graduate students submitting interdisciplinary program proposals.

The membership of the IPRC shall consist of three graduate faculty members appointed by the Graduate Affairs Council. At least one of the three Committee members must be a member of the Graduate Affairs Council.

The IPRC shall

  • review interdisciplinary program proposals distributed to them by the Graduate Programs Office;
  • meet with the student’s interdisciplinary faculty committee as required above;
  • request and review any additional information or materials from the student or the student’s interdisciplinary faculty committee members that is deemed necessary for assessing the general academic rigor of the proposed program of study; and
  • notify, in writing, the student, the student’s interdisciplinary faculty committee members, the Graduate Programs Office, the appropriate vice provost, and the Graduate Affairs Council of all Committee decisions regarding interdisciplinary program proposals.

The student’s Interdisciplinary faculty committee will consist of two or three graduate faculty members representing the disciplines with at least 15 credits in the program and will be chaired by a graduate faculty member from one of the fields represented who has the appropriate background to advise the student on the proposed interdisciplinary research. An oral comprehensive examination is required to complete an interdisciplinary graduate degree program.

Interdisciplinary Studies Courses


ITDS 199. SPECIAL STUDIES. 1-5 Credits.


Notes: graded Pass/Fail.
Experiential learning credit transcribed from Eastern Washington University faculty Portfolio Assessment.

ITDS 295. INTERNSHIP. 1-15 Credits.




Notes: graded Pass/Fail.
Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor.
Significant prior learning is documented for evaluation and awarded elective academic credit.




ITDS 399. DIRECTED STUDY. 1-18 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.

ITDS 495. INTERNSHIP. 1-15 Credits.