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    Harding University
  Aug 11, 2022
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
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2021-2022 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Interdisciplinary Studies Major (IDS), BA or BS

IDS is a primary major. Students may select majors designated as “Second Major Only” as an additional major. IDS is open to non-honors students and has an Honors track. 

Honors College Graduation:  The IDS advisor works in tandem with Honors College leadership and faculty around campus to facilitate a specialized degree plan. Honors College students can demonstrate marketable professional skills and academic aptitude by achieving the Honors College Graduate or Graduate with Distinction goal. Consult with the Honors College about options for earning honors credit. 


Liberal Arts: 53 Hours

All majors at Harding are required to complete 53 hours of Liberal Arts  studies.

The required 8 hours of textual Bible cannot be used toward the Bible thematic concentration. See the Liberal Arts catalog description for more information about this requirement.

Interdisciplinary Studies: 4 Hours

Honors Track

Honors Option 1: Qualified students pursuing Honors College Graduate with Distinction status may earn honors capstone credit for IDS 4500  OR

Honors Option 2:  Qualified honors students who intend to write an honors thesis should enroll in HNRS 4360-4361  and HNRS 4460-4463 .

Major Thematic Concentration Areas or Minors: 45 Hours

To initiate the process, the student meets with the IDS advisor who facilitates a specialized degree plan in consultation with faculty members from concentration areas across campus, out of which a student degree plan informed by a clearly articulated rationale statement is created. Students must choose 2 or 3 thematic core areas or university minors to earn at least 45 hours toward this major. Minimum GPA requirement for each thematic concentration or minor is a 2.5. Courses may only be used in either one thematic core area or minor. This major must include a minimum of 24 upper level credits from the combined core concentration areas. The major should include a minimum of nine 4000-level credits from the combined core concentration areas. Exceptions to this guideline may be granted with approval of the dean of University College.

Concentration 1: Arts and Humanities

Choose a minimum of 15 hours from: ART, HUM, IDA, MUS (BRS, GUI, MUED, PERC, PIA, STR, VOI, WWND), THEA

Concentration 2: Communication & Language

Choose a minimum of 15 hours from: COMM, ENG, FR, ITAL, MGRK, SPAN

Concentration 3: Social Science

Choose a minimum of 15 hours from: AMST, ANTH, GEOG, HIST, POLS, SOCS

Concentration 4: Health Science

Choose a minimum of 15 hours from: CSD, EXSS, FCS, KINS, NURS, PPHS

Concentration 5: Business

Choose a minimum of 15 hours from: ACCT, BUS, ECON, ENTR, FIN, GEDV, HCM, HRM, IB, IS, MGT, MKTG, PRS

Concentration 6: Bible

Choose a minimum of 15 hours from: BDOC, BFAM, BHIS, BMIN, BMIS, BNEW, BOLD, BRES, GRK, HEB, PHIL

Concentration 7: Education

Choose a minimum of 15 hours from: ECED, EDFD, ELED, MLED, RDNG, SEED, SPED, TESL

Concentration 8: Natural Science

Choose a minimum of 15 hours from: BIOL, CHEM, MATH, PHS, PHYS

Concentration 9: Engineering and Technology

Choose a minimum of 15 hours from: BENG, CENG, COMP, CVLE, EENG, ENGR, MENG

Concentration 10: Behavioral Science

Choose a minimum of 15 hours from: CJ, PSY, SOC, SWK

University Minor(s)

See Programs of Study  for the list of university minors.

Remaining Bible/Electives: 12-21 hours

See Bible Class Enrollment policy here. 

Total hours: 128