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Self-Designed Pathway

This pathway offers students a framework for designing a program of study around a question, problem, phenomenon, or creative endeavor that cannot be adequately addressed, understood, or accomplished within a single academic discipline. Students develop grounding in multiple disciplines and learn techniques to work across disciplinary boundaries.

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Plan Your Degree

Disclaimer: This program map is intended ONLY as a guide for students to plan their course of study. It does NOT replace any information in the Undergraduate Catalog, which is the official guide for completing degree requirements.

Term 1: Fall

Credit Name Credit Hours
C1: ENGL 1101

English Composition I

3
I2: XIDS 2002

First-Year Seminar

2
S1 OR P1

World or US History

3
F: XIDS 2000

Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies

3
T1: Science + Lab 4

Milestones:

  • Complete ENGL 1101 with a C or better
  • Complete Lab Science
  • Declare Major Complete.

Term 2: Spring

Credit Name Credit Hours
C2: ENGL 1102

English Composition II

3
M: MATH 1401

(Recommended) Elementary Statistics

3
S1 OR P1

World or US History

3
I1: Oral Communications 3
F: Discipline 1 Foundation Course 3

Milestones:

  • Complete ENGL 1102 with a C or better
  • Complete IMPACTS Math
  • Earn 15 or more credit hours.

15 Fall Credit Hours + 15 Spring Credit Hours = 30 Credit Hours

Term 1: Fall

Credit Name Credit Hours
P2: POLS 1101

American Government

3
F: Elective

Any course at 1000 or 2000 level

3
A: Humanities 3
T2: Non-lab Science 3
F: Discipline 2 Foundation Course 3

Milestone:

  • Earn 15 or more credit hours.

Term 2: Spring

Credit Name Credit Hours
F: Elective

Any course at 1000 or 2000 level

3
F: Elective

Any course at 1000 or 2000 level

3
A: Humanities 3
S2: Social Science 3
T3: STEM Course 3

Milestones:

  • Complete Core IMPACTS.
  • Earn 15 or more credit hours.

15 Fall Credit Hours + 15 Spring Credit Hours = 30 Credit Hours

Term 1: Fall

Credit Name Credit Hours
Discipline 1 Class

3000-or-4000 level course

3
Discipline 2 Class

3000-or-4000 level course

3
Academic Elective

1000-to-4000 level course

3
Upper Division Elective

1000-to-4000 level course

3
Upper Division Elective

1000-to-4000 level course

3

Term 2: Spring

Credit Name Credit Hours
Discipline 1 Class

3000-or-4000 level course

3
Discipline 2 Class

3000-or-4000 level course

3
Academic Elective

1000-to-4000 level course

3
Upper Division Elective

1000-to-4000 level course

3
XIDS 3000

Interdisciplinary Methods

3

Milestones:

  • XIDS 3000 requires a grade of C or Better
  • Meet with Disciplinary Mentors about Degree Plan and Capstone Project
  • Submit plan for capstone project.

15 Fall Credit Hours + 15 Spring Credit Hours = 30 Credit Hours

Term 1: Fall

Credit Name Credit Hours
Discipline 1 Class

3000-or-4000 level course

3
Discipline 2 Class

3000-or-4000 level course

3
Academic Elective

1000-to-4000 level course

3
Academic Elective

1000-to-4000 level course

3
Upper Division Elective

1000-to-4000 level course

3

Milestone:

  • Apply for Graduation

Term 2: Spring

Credit Name Credit Hours
XIDS 4000

Interdisciplinary Capstone

3
Academic Elective

1000-to-4000 level course

3
Academic Elective

1000-to-4000 level course

3
Academic Elective

1000-to-4000 level course

3
Upper Division Elective

1000-to-4000 level course

3

15 Fall Credit Hours + 15 Spring Credit Hours = 30 Credit Hours

Additional Information:

  • The Four-Year Plan is designed only as a guide. It does not guarantee; (1) that all courses listed will be offered during a given semester, or (2) if they are offered that the scheduling will not conflict.
  • Estimated time of completion is based on 15-hour semesters, with no summer classes. A change in hours or courses taken during the summer will either reduce (taking 18 hours or summers) or extend (taking less than 15 hours) the time needed.

Crush Your Course

First Year:

  • Make sure to take XIDS 2000: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies to start your intellectual, boundary-crossing journey!
  • Discover your interests in your core classes. These can help you establish your disciplines.

Middle Years:

  • Work with your IDS professors in XIDS 3000 to establish your degree plan, including identifying your complex problem and exploring how and what disciplines can help inform your inquiry.

Last Year:

  • This is the time for your XIDS capstone! Make sure you have 9 hours of 3000-4000-level coursework for each of your two disciplines!

Find Your Place

First Year:

Middle Years:

  • Attend UWG Scholars’ Day.
  • Check out what university associations and community organizations relate to your disciplines.

Last Year:

  • Hone your leadership skills by mentoring new IDS majors!
  • Consider running for an officer position in a student organization.

Broaden Your Perspectives

First Year:

Middle Years:

Last Year:

Connect Off-Campus

First Year:

  • Visit Wolves Vote to learn about the voting process and registration.
  • Consider volunteering for a campaign or organization in your community.

Middle Years:

  • Complete an internship in your field.
  • Consider a summer or part-time job.
  • Ask your department about networking opportunities with alumni.

Last Year:

  • Ask for advice from professionals in your field of interest.
  • Explore career shadowing opportunities.

Take Care of Yourself

First Year:

Middle Years:

Last Year:

Pave Your Path

First Year:

Middle Years:

  • Draft your resume and attend a resume blitz.
  • Learn about how to network on social media and update your Handshake profile.
  • Draft your personal statement.
  • Visit the graduate school to find out about graduate programs and admission requirements.

Last Year:

  • Request references from professors and supervisors.
  • Draft your resume cover letter and personal statement and revise it with career services.
  • Attend business fairs and career fairs at UWG and across the state.
  • Attend an interview workshop.
  • Apply for graduate programs.

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