Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Interdisciplinary Studies (Teacher Certification in English, Language Arts, Reading and Social Studies, Grades 4-8)

Minimum required: 122 semester credit hours

Admission Requirements

  1. All degree programs within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction require formal admittance into the Educator Preparation Program.
  2. Students must apply and be admitted to the Educator Preparation Program in order to enroll in Block coursework and Student Teaching in the Junior and Senior year.  Refer to the requirements for Admittance to the Educator Preparation Program through the Office of Educator Preparation.
  3. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies program requires admission to the university and admission to the program.  Information about the program admissions can be found at:

General Requirements

  1. A 2.5 Major GPA and a 2.75 Overall GPA are required to graduate.
  2. All major courses as well as Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.
  3. Students entering Texas State with fewer than 16 hours completed after high school graduation will be required to take US 1100. All others will be exempt from taking this course but will be required to earn an additional free elective, if needed, to reach the 120 minimum total hour requirement for the awarding of a degree.
  4. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.

Course Requirements 

ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3
ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3
GEO 1310 (Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080)3
MATH 1315 or 1319 (Mathematics Component Code 020)13
PHYS 1310 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)13
PHYS 111011
PHYS 1320 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)13
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
US 11001
Advanced ENG Elective3
Advanced ENG Elective3
Advanced POSI Elective from Group II3
Advanced POSI Elective from Group II3
ECO 2301 or 23143
ENG 33043
ENG 33863
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3
HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3
MC 33193
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3
Advanced GEO Elective3
Advanced HIST Elective3
Select one of the following:3
GEO 43403
HIST 33723
RDG 33123
Education Core:9
Middle School Field-Based Block One:6
RDG 33203
Science Elective3
SPED 43443
Middle School Field-Based Block Two:6
EDST 4680 (Student Teaching)6
Total Hours: 122

While not recommended, previously completed courses in some areas can be substituted for the following degree requirements:

Science Electives

BIO 1320Modern Biology I, Molecules, Cells, and Physiology3
BIO 4305Nature Study3
CHEM 1310Introductory Chemistry for Non-Science Majors3
GEO 2310Introduction to Environmental Geography3
PHYS 1340Astronomy: Solar System3

Advanced POSI Electives from Group II

Group II - American Government

POSI 3305The American Founding3
POSI 3306Religion and American Public Life3
POSI 3307Parties and Party Politics3
POSI 3308Congress and the Legislative Process3
POSI 3309The American Presidency3
POSI 3314State and Local Government3
POSI 3319Metropolitan Politics3
POSI 3340Urban Policy and Administration3
POSI 4301Politics in Film3
POSI 4320Issues and Interest Groups: Power and Pressure in America3
POSI 4330Women in Politics3
POSI 4331Minority Politics3
POSI 4336Campaigns and Elections3
POSI 4337ATexas Politics3
POSI 4337CMedia and Public Opinion3
POSI 4345American Foreign Policy3
POSI 4362Government and American Business3