The admission process to IDS is a multi-step process. After determining your eligibility and meeting with the program director to confirm that you are a strong candidate for IDS, you will need to work with an advisory committee to develop your degree proposal. This proposal will then be reviewed for acceptance by the University IDS Committee.
Are you eligible?
In order to apply for admission to the undergraduate IDS program, you must satisfy the following prerequisites:
- Complete at least 30 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.75
- Complete the University’s general English Composition Requirement
- Complete at least one disciplinary lens course in each area with a “C-” or better (DLM, DLN, DLV, DLL, DLS)
Is IDS a good fit for you?
Consider your educational goals. The IDS program is an alternative to existing, discipline specific degree programs at Boise State University. You may only pursue an IDS degree if there is currently no existing degree plan or combination of major and minor that will fulfill your educational and career goals. Consider carefully what you want to achieve in your baccalaureate education. Is it preparation for professional training? Are you interested in a field that is still developing and which crosses between disciplines? These are the kinds of questions that you should define for yourself, and you should be able to articulate your answers to someone unfamiliar with you personally.
Review the Boise State University Catalog. You likely have looked at the Catalog and have some idea about degree programs that exist. Review the catalog again but look for the two or three areas of study that would best serve you in achieving your educational goals. You might begin to note those courses that seem to deal most directly with your goals. As you make these observations, keep a record (for your use in completing application materials) stating why the courses seen to fit your needs.
Make an appointment to see the IDS Program Director. The meeting with the IDS program director is critical as you make your educational plans. It provides you with an opportunity to articulate your educational goals, your motivation for applying to the IDS program, and your thoughts about the areas of study you want to pursue and which courses that could fulfill your needs. The program director can tell you whether your educational goals can be served through the IDS Program. Bring a copy of your transcript with you or have one sent from your educational institution’s registrar directly to the IDS office (the transcript verifies whether you meet the admission requirements). The meeting is a time for you and the program director to review the admission and degree requirements.
What are the next steps?
If you satisfy the IDS prerequisites and both you and the program director believe you are a good candidate for the program, you can begin the following application process:
- Select an Advisory Committee of 2-3 faculty members and receive preliminary approval of the committee by the program director.
- The advisory committee provides you critical support in the creation of your degree program and in the pursuit of your degree, serving the same function that an advisor in a discipline-specific program serves. You should rely on the advisory committee to help you formulate your degree plan.
- The committee chair is the person you will have the most contact with and who will sign various university documents. That person should be someone you respect, not just for their academic expertise but their interpersonal skills as well.
- Meet with the selected committee to develop and approve a proposed degree plan. You must fill out a form that confirms this meeting and include it in your degree proposal.
- Complete a degree proposal that includes the following:
- Application for Admission and Personal Data form.
- Degree Plan that lists courses to be included in the proposed IDS major, satisfies degree requirements for either the Bachelor of Arts or Science, and has been signed by all members of the proposed faculty advisory committee. The proposed IDS major (including the approved CID course and INTDIS 491) must total at least 48 credit hours, 30 of which remain to be completed prior to the date of graduation.
- Confirmation of Meeting with Advisory Committee form.
- A list of Learning Goals and Objectives, Outcomes, and Assessment Measures.
- A 2-3 page Statement of Justification, which (1) states intellectual, professional, or vocational reasons for requesting entry into the program and (2) explains why established majors at BSU do not meet your needs.
- A course-by-course justification explaining the relation of each course to the conception of the individualized program of study as a whole. The justification should consist of a 2-3 sentence explanation of that relationship for each course.
- Transcripts of all college work.
- Deliver your application materials before the deadline date
- The IDS Committee reviews applications twice during the academic year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Application materials for the fall review must be received by October 1st and for the spring review, March 1st.
How long does approval take?
The IDS Committee will meet once in October and March, and the result of the review will be sent to you by mid-November or mid-April. The committee will make one of three determinations on your application: admitted, admitted with provisions (they will give you specific recommendations on how to resolve the provisions), or denied (with specific reasons given as to why the application was not approved).
What do you do if you are approved?
Once you have been admitted to the IDS Program, you should immediately begin taking the courses listen in your degree plan. Continue to communicate with your advisory committee on a regular basis. Keep your advisory committee informed of your progress, and seek their advice if you foresee difficulties in completing your program as planned. Rely upon them, and your advisory committee chair especially, as you would an advisor.