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Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Interdisciplinary Studies Non-Certification is a degree program which does not lead to a teaching certification at the undergraduate level but does provide a foundation in elementary education for post-baccalaureate pathways to certification. A student following this course of study will take the general education core, the Interdisciplinary Studies major, specialization coursework for a minor in reading and the special education course sequence. Students completing the IDS Non-Certification major may elect to add an additional course to earn the special education minor. Students desiring teacher certification can apply for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, offered at night through the Dreeben School of Education.

For more information regarding the BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, please contact Robert Barclay at or 210-805-3602.

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Non-Certification includes a minor in Reading and an optional minor in Special Education.

A student following this course of study will take:

  1. UIW Core Curriculum: The Core Curriculum is an integrated and sequenced course of study, which constitutes 43 semester hours of a student's degree plan. Many of these courses may be transferred from a community college.
  2. Interdisciplinary Studies Major: These courses provide the general foundation of all elementary teaching.
  3. Reading Minor: The reading minor is incorporated into the IDS degree-only program and is required for all IDS majors. These courses provide an overview of literacy instruction, including emergent literacy, vocabulary development, comprehension development, dyslexia, English language acquisition, disciplinary literacy, and children’s literature.
  4. Special Education Course Sequence: IDS majors are required to complete the first three courses of a Special Education sequence. They can choose to complete the Special Education minor by taking the additional course, Advocacy for Exceptional Learners. The Special Education coursework provides an overview of special education history, legislation, advocacy, disabilities, and professional responsibilities.

Major Requirements

1.  UIW Core Curriculum (43 hours)

Rhetoric (6 hours)
English 1311 Composition I
English 1312 Composition II
Literature and the Arts (6 hours)
ENGL 2310 World Literature Studies
THAR 4301 Creativity in the Arts
Philosophy and Religion (9 hours)
PHIL 1381 Introduction to Philosophy
RELS 1325 Religious Quest
Upper Division Religious/Philosophy Studies
History and Social Sciences (6 hours)
HIST 1321 United States to 1865
GOVT 1315 American Politics
Mathematics and Lab Science (7 hours)
MATH 1304 College Algebra
BIOL 1401 Diversity of Life with Lab
Second Language (6 hours)
Foreign Language I
Foreign Language II
Wellness Development (3 hours)
DWHP 3300 Dimensions of Wellness

Community Service (45 non-credit hours)
All students must have documented 45 hours of community service to graduate. See an advisor for further explanation.

2. Interdisciplinary Curriculum (33 hours)

EDUC 2305 Foundations of Education
HIST 1322 The United States Since 1865
HIST 2322 Texas History
MATH 2374 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
MATH 2375 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
EDSI 2374 Physical Science for Elementary Teachers
EDSI 2375 Earth & Space Science for Elementary Teachers
ENGL 3385 Integrated Language Arts
PEHP 3305 Motor Development, Fitness, & Health
EDUC 3330 Social Studies Instruction
EDUC 3325 Child Development and Play

3. Reading Minor (12 hours)

EDUC 3307 Essentials of Literacy Instruction
EDUC 3327 Developing the Fluent Reader
EDUC 3337 Developing the Strategic Reader
EDUC 3347 Differentiating Literacy Instruction

4. Special Education Sequence (9 hours)

EDUC 2315 Survey of Students in Diverse and Inclusive Settings
EDUC 3343 Teaching Students with Learning Differences 
EDUC 3346 Teaching Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

*EDUC 3335 Advocacy for Exceptional Learners (optional course which completes the special education minor)

5. Electives (23 hours)

A minimum of 23 hours of electives are required. Students should work with their advisors to ensure a minimum of 36 hours of upper-division credits have been earned.

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