Design Your Own Future

The DIY Major

The DIY Major logo: Be individual, Be innovative, Be inspired, Be intentional, Be interactive, Be IDS

TheInterdisciplinary Studies Program (IDS) is unlike any other degree program at Appalachian State University. IDS students design their own major. If you have a strong interest in integrating concepts and methods from multiple disciplines, come chat with us about options.

We are looking for students who are

  • Self-driven
  • Passionate about more than one discipline
  • Interested in a major that is not offered at Appalachian State University


Interdisciplinary Studies allows students to get more than one point of view on the same topic by comparing, contrasting, and connecting information provided by separate disciplines. IDS majors work with an advisor to individually design a degree and to select courses that integrate several areas of study to achieve their academic goals.


Sounds Great! Now What?



 Examples of Majors Designed by Our Current IDS Students 

Self-Designed Majors

Combining Coursework from
the Following Disciplines

SociomusicologyMusic + Sociology
Cross-Media ExpressionsEnglish + Theater + Media Studies
Studies in Global Sustainable ArchitectureSustainable Technology + Global Studies + Anthropology
Global Community EngagementGlobal Studies + Communication
Video Game Art and DesignArt + Computer Science + Computer Information Systems
Social and Psychological Framework for CommunicationPsychology + Communication + Sociology
Design and Media TechnologyArts + Graphics + Computer Science
Environmental Planning and Communications StudiesPlanning + Communication
Sustainable CommunitiesGeography + Planning + Sustainable Technology
Animal StudiesPhilosophy + Anthropology
Arts Communication & EngagementEnglish + Curriculum Instruction + Communication
Contemporary Multimodal StorytellingCurriculum Instruction + Photography