Design Your Own Future

The DIY Major logo: Be individual, Be innovative, Be inspired, Be intentional, Be interactive, Be IDSWelcome!

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

Interdisciplinary Studies

To Change your major, you must process this form (PDF, 162 KB) for major, minor, and 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 Dr. Beth Davison ( or 828-262-2442


 Examples of Majors Designed by Our Current IDS Students 

Self-Designed Majors

Combining 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 & EngagementEnglish + Curriculum Instruction + Communication
Contemporary Multimodal StorytellingCurriculum Instruction + Photography