Design Your Own Future:Click here to learn more about IDS



The Interdisciplinary Studies Program (IDS) is unlike any other degree program at Appalachian State University. IDS students design their own major.  If you have a strong interest in integrating concepts and methods from multiple disciplines, come chat with us about options.

We are looking for students who are

  • Self-driven
  • Passionate about more than one discipline
  • Interested in a major that is not offered at Appalachian State University


 View our program of study checksheet

To Change your major, you must process this form (for major, minor, catalog year changes)

If you are thinking about changing your major to IDS and want to take an exploratory class, start by taking
IDS 2001 (3sh) Interdisciplinary Connections I

For more information: Contact Program Director: Dr. Beth Davison ( or 828-262-2442 (office)

Here are examples of majors designed by our current IDS students

Self-Designed Majors
Coursework from the
following disciplines      
 SociomusicologyMusic + Sociology
 Cross-Media ExpressionsEnglish + Theater + Media Studies
Studies in Global Sustainable ArchitectureSustainable Technology + Global Studies + Anthropology
Global Community EngagementGlobal Studies + Communication
Video Game Art and DesignArt + Computer Science + Computer Information Systems
Social and Psychological Framework for CommunicationPsychology + Communication + Sociology
Design and Media TechnologyArts + Graphics + Computer Science
Environmental Planning and Communications StudiesPlanning +  Communication
Sustainable CommunitiesGeography + Planning + Sustainable Technology
Animal StudiesPhilosophy + Anthropology
Arts Communication & Engagement                                      English + Curriculum Instruction + Communication
Contemporary Multimodal StorytellingCurriculum Instruction + Photography