Interdisciplinary Studies: Experiential Learning Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Experiential Learning enables students to earn lower division elective credits (subject to faculty assessment*) toward their degree through submission of an experiential learning portfolio. Students also complete 60 upper division credits from multiple, distinct academic departments which may include minors, plus a specialized Portfolio Development course, ITDS 300. The curriculum is specifically designed for those who have extensive experience outside the formal classroom, and whose academic interests and goals are not met by existing majors. Students craft a personalized course of study that aligns with their specific academic aspirations and career objectives under the guidance of the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies. Ensuring a well-rounded and cohesive educational experience are 12 credits of required Interdisciplinary Core courses that emphasize an integrated approach to understanding complex, real-world problems.

*Contact the Interdisciplinary Studies Department for the current required Portfolio assessment fee.

Pre-approval is required from departments or program directors and the Interdisciplinary Studies director.

How does this degree compare with other Interdisciplinary Studies degree options? Review the program comparison table for detailed information.

Note: two years of a single high school world language or one year of a single college-level world language is required.

ITDS 490INTERDISCIPLINARY SR CAPSTONE (or other departmental capstone with ITDS Director approval)4
Upper division (300/400 level) credits chosen in consultation with faculty advisor.56
Total Credits72
University Competencies and Proficiencies

Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
Placement and Clearance 
Prior Learning/Sources of Credit AP, CLEP, IB

General Education Requirements (GER)
  • Minimum Credits—180 cumulative credit hours 
    • 60 upper-division credits (300 level or above)
    • 45 credits in residence (attendance) at Eastern, with at least 15 upper-division credits in major in residence at Eastern
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA ≥2.0

Breadth Area Core Requirements (BACR)

Humanities and Arts 
Natural Sciences 
Social Sciences

University Graduation Requirements (UGR)

Diversity Course List
World Language (for Bachelor of Arts)
Global Studies Course List
Minor or Certificate
Senior Capstone Course List

Application for Graduation (use EagleNET) must be made at least two terms in advance of the term you expect to graduate (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate).

Use the Catalog Archives to determine two important catalog years.
Requirements in Degree Works are based on these two catalog years:

  1. The catalog in effect at the student's first term of current matriculation is used to determine BACR (Breadth Area Credit Requirements) and UGR (Undergraduate Graduation Requirements).
  2. The catalog in effect at the time the student declares a major or minor is used to determine the program requirements.

Students who earn a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Experiential Learning from EWU should be able to:
  • describe the value of ITDS theory, research, and practice to complex community and workplace problems;
  • critically evaluate perspectives on complex issues leveraging literature from the perspective of multiple disciplines;
  • synthesize meaningful personal and professional connections and multiple areas of study;
  • design a project involving original research and/or a literature review using an integrated approach;
  • demonstrate professional communication with potential community partners and stakeholders while developing a project to address a community- or workplace-situated problem;
  • reflect on the value of prior experiential learning experiences in relation to college-level learning outcomes;
  • create artifacts representing the rich knowledge gained from learning experiences for a potential experiential learning credit portfolio.