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Combine two minors and design a degree that fits your career goals. Not sure which two? Work with an EOU advisor to build a customized study plan. This create-your-own degree adjusts to your interests and needs with flexible options to make the most of transfer credits and on-the-job experience. Interdisciplinary Studies equips graduates with problem-solving and critical-thinking skills for the future.


Two EOU Minors

This option will consist of picking two minors from any discipline offered at EOU as well as completing the 3 part capstone. These must be selected from separate program fields. Browse minors now.

Transfer Minor + EOU Minor

This choice will consist of picking one minor from any discipline offered at EOU, picking another minor from any other discipline offered at another regionally accredited university, as well as completing the 3 part capstone. To verify the minor is complete the Register’s Office will need a curriculum check sheet of the minor from the other institution, a letter from the institutions Registrar’s office stating minor is completed, and an official transcript from the other Institution/s where course work is located for verification. Browse minors now.

Individualized Plan (ISIP) + EOU Minor

This major combines one EOU academic minor and a subject area of selected courses from other disciplines to form a coherent plan of study that is comparable to a minor, as well as completing the 3 part capstone. This plan is approved only after the submission of a proposal and course outline, which must be approved by the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science Dean. At a minimum the student will need these requirements to have the dean look at their proposal.

  • Proposal containing: 250- word rationale, indicating the connections among the courses and linking them to professional interests or career goals, and to co-curricular or extracurricular interests.
  • A course outline containing at least 30 credits overall, 15 credits of upper division, 10 credits of residency, and a course outline. Browse minors now.

The Interdisciplinary Studies Core: 

IS 301:  Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies (3 credits)

IS 301 introduces you to the requirements of the IS Capstone, including a rationale for combining two or more fields of study and integrating them with career goals and extra- or co-curricular experiences.

Choice of Discipline-Specific Methods Course or Upper Division Library Course (excluding LIB 409) (2-5 credits) 

Courses include, but are not limited to;

ANTH 391, 395, CHEM 320, 407, ED 462, 446, 361, 421, EXS 312, HIST 203, 303, LIB 307, MUS 311, 313, POLS 251, 314, 350, 382, 383, 407, 450, 477, PSY 222, SPAN 322, 323, 351, 353, WR 322, 348, 351, 393, 436

Work with your Adviser for subject areas not on the list above.

LIB 307 can be best suited for the IS Capstone with an integrative emphasis

IS 401:  Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone (3 credits)

Through this course, you will complete your Capstone portfolio, synthesizing your intellectual and applied interests and providing evidence of accomplishment.

Program Options – Choose one:

Two academic minors at EOU (IDTM):  

This major will consist of picking two minors offered at Eastern Oregon University as well as completing the 3 part capstone. (in most cases, these must be selected from separate program fields. Two Minors from Physical Activity & Health may not be used to form an Integrative Studies major. The minor may also not be selected from an “endorsement” area.)

One minor at EOU and one minor from another regionally accredited university (IDEO):  

This major will consist of picking one minor offered at Eastern Oregon University, picking another minor from any other discipline offered at another regionally accredited university, as well as completing the 3 part capstone.

To verify the minor is complete the Register’s Office will need:

  1. A curriculum check sheet of the minor from the other institution
  2. A letter from the institutions Registrar’s office stating minor is completed
  3. An official transcript from the other Institution/s where course work is located for verification.

The petition for this plan can be found here.

An individualized plan (IDIP):

This major combines one EOU academic minor and a subject area of selected courses from other disciplines to form a coherent plan of study that is comparable to a minor, as well as completing the 3 part capstone.

This plan is approved only after the submission of a proposal and course outline, which must be approved by the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science Dean. ​At a minimum the student will need these requirements to have the dean look at their proposal:

  1. 30 credits overall
  2. 15 credits of upper division
  3. At least 10 credits from EOU
  4. 1 minor declared
  5. Course outline
  6. Proposal

The petition for this plan can be found here.

Find additional institutional requirements on the program Checksheet.

Capstone Portfolio

Students in IS 401 will complete a comprehensive e-portfolio designed for both academic and career audiences. The e-portfolio documents integrative learning and offers a means to publicly display educational, personal, and workplace accomplishments in an online format. Students are instructed on designing and creating an e-portfolio using a selection of web-based tools.

Click to view a sample ePortfolio.


Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone (IS 401)

Course Description 

IS 401 – Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone (Credits 3)

Institutional Graduation Requirement – UWR This is the culminating course for the Interdisciplinary Studies program. This course applies the principles of integrative learning to complex questions through an exploration of theories and methods from two or more fields of study, and documents the student’s learning. Prerequisites: IS 301; one of the following: LIB 307, LIB 327, or disciplinary methods/research course; cannot enroll concurrently with IS 301. Must have at least junior standing. (The two-credit option is restricted to former Liberal Studies majors needing to complete the program on a prior catalog year).

IS 401 Syllabus

Transferring? EOU is flexible

Combine a minor from a previous institution with one of ours and receive a degree that shows off your range and can catalyze your career.

Program Outcomes

  • Military careers
  • Non-profit work
  • Entrepreneurial pursuits
  • Entry-level careers
  • Career advancement
  • Graduate school

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Integrative learning is an understanding and a disposition built through engaging with multiple disciplines, the co-curriculum, personal and work experience, and the community. Integrative learning occurs as students pose and answer authentic questions and approach problems that cut across disciplinary boundaries, call for diverse methods and types of evidence, and communicate conclusions to various audiences employing appropriate media.

Integrative learning develops intellectual curiosity, intercultural knowledge, and ethical responsibility, and emphasizes the interdependence of disciplines while creating habits of mind that prepare students to make reasoned judgments in response to complex problems in their personal, professional, and civic lives.


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Dr. Kevin Jardaneh
Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
​Eastern Oregon University
One University Blvd.
La Grande, OR 97850
sjardane@eou.edu
541-962-3402
Request an appointment:
http://kevinjardaneh.youcanbook.me

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