May 29, 2023  
2021-2022 SLCC General Catalog 

Interdisciplinary Studies: AA

Associate of Arts | 61 credits

Taylorsville Redwood Campus
General Information 801-957-4073
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Faculty teaching in this program come from all disciplines and departments at Salt Lake Community College.

Program Description
The Interdisciplinary Studies degree is designed for students of varied interests in a major not currently offered at SLCC. Option 1) Students will complete a total of nineteen credits from two disciplines to build their major. Option 2) Student will create their own major consisting of nineteen credits.  Students in either option must complete thirty four credits of General Education. Students are required to take the one credit IDS 1050 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies course and the two-credit IDS 2050 Capstone Course.  Students will work closely with an Academic Advisor to certify their path to graduation and transfer.

Career Opportunities
Students of Interdisciplinary Studies have the opportunity to create a major that allows them to transfer or enter the workforce after graduation.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information, also available at

Students should also be advised that a Bachelor of Arts (BA) will require four semesters or more of a foreign language and many four-year institutions may require those courses to be taken consecutively. SLCC also offers a wider selection of languages than many transfer institutions; it may not be possible to continue study of a specific language after transfer. Students should check with the institution to which they plan to transfer.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:

Estimated Time to Completion
Time to completion is four semesters based on a full-time minimum of 15 credits per semester. Less than 15 credits per semester will increase time to completion.

Program Entry Requirements
This is a selective admission program. Degree plan and integrated block of disciplines must be approved by the program Advisor. Students must complete all General Education requirements. Students must complete the 1-credit IDS 1050 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies within their first two semesters, and the 2-credit IDS 2050 Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone course after they have completed two semesters in the program.  Students must complete their Capstone Course Project into their ePortfolio. No pass/fail course may be used toward the IDS degree without prior approval.

Enrollment Process for Interdisciplinary Studies Degree
Admission information for SLCC Interdisciplinary Studies Degree is available on the program website at:  The program uses a selective admissions process, separate from the general college admissions process, in order to provide a clear pathway to graduation and transfer to USHE institutions. There is no additional cost to apply for this degree. 

Students will complete a degree pathway for their major that focuses on graduation and transferability. 

Students must meet with the Honors and Interdisciplinary Studies Coordinator for approval of their plan.  

2.0 GPA to enter.

Upon Enrollment Students Must Complete the Following:
Students have two options they must choose from in developing their major:  Option 1) involves completing two blocks of twenty-four credits from two academic disciplines. Option 2) is to complete twenty-four credits in a specific academic discipline. Both options are intended to create a major that suits the career and educational interests of the student that is not currently offered at SLCC. 

Students must complete the required 34 General Education requirements of SLCC. 

Students cannot pursue the Interdisciplinary Studies degree to replace or substitute a current SLCC program.  

Students must enroll and complete the one-credit IDS 1050 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies within their first year at SLCC. 

Students must enroll and complete the two-credit IDS 2050 Capstone Course after completing 50 credits of their plan. Additionally, students must complete their Capstone Course Project into their ePortfolio. 

No pass/fail course may be used toward the IDS degree without prior approval.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy
8 - Develop lifelong wellness

Possess a broad understanding of the content and ways-of knowing in a variety of disciplines.


Demonstrate their ability to organize and present ideas in writing according to standard usage.
Demonstrate their ability to organize and present ideas verbally according to standard usage.
Demonstrate their ability to gather and analyze information and communicate effectively using technology, library resources, and other media.


Approach practical problems by choosing and applying appropriate mathematical techniques.
Demonstrate that they can use and interpret information represented as data, graphs, tables and schematics in a variety of disciplines.


Demonstrate that they can reason and argue effectively using available evidence.
Demonstrate effective problem solving.
Engage in creative thinking, expression, and application.
Engage in reflective thinking and expression.
Make connections across the disciplines.
Apply scientific methods to the inquiry process.


Demonstrate that they are informed citizens.
Have opportunities to engage in service-learning.
Work productively with people from various cultures and backgrounds.
Understand the contemporary and historical significance of diversity in American life and can apply that understanding to their daily lives.


Engage with a diverse set of others to produce professional work.
Interact competently across cultures.
Understand and appreciate human differences.
Understand and act on standards of professionalism and civility, including the requirements of the SLCC Student Code.


Use the library and current technology to research and complete their projects.











1 course from each of the Distribution Areas, 5 total courses; 1 course must also be designated as DIVERSITY (DV)


Note: Students without sufficient language proficiency must plan to take LANG 1010 before taking LANG 1020. See language advisor. Check to see if your chosen language is accepted at your 4 yr college.

LANG prefix does not exist – it is replaced by the prefix for the chosen individual language: ARB, CHI, FRN, ITL, JPN, NAV, POR, RUS, SAM, SPN, TNG.


Elective requirements: Select 19 college-level credits according to option (1) 19 credits from two disciplines or (2) 19 credits overall. Work with the Interdisciplinary Program Coordinator to certify your plan of study.

Advising Notes

Besides the two required IDS courses, the General Education list is a recommended sequence of courses for students to follow.