The programs within Interdisciplinary Studies constitute one curriculum code area within the Inventory of Registered Programs with New York State Education Department (NYSED) and within the State University of New York (SUNY) system. These programs satisfy a variety of student/faculty/programmatic needs at Fredonia:
1. New undergraduate programs can be housed under the Interdisciplinary Studies umbrella for the purposes of program development. While in this incubator stage, the curricula will be initiated, developed, refined and tested under the direction of a coordinator. At some point, an academic department might decide to adopt the program, at which time the program would move out of Interdisciplinary Studies and into the department.
2. Some of the undergraduate programs, even though completely developed, are cross-disciplinary to the extent that no department feels that the program would meet their mission criteria. In those cases, the programs would continue to stay housed in Interdisciplinary Studies.
3. The self-design program serves as an entry point for students who want to design their own program or a safety net for those students who are in good standing with the university but not with their chosen major department. With as little as one semester remaining in their program, they can declare Self-Design and graduate with a B.A., B.S., M.A. or M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies. This degree is, in essence, a general studies degree, meeting all SUNY and NYSED requirements for graduation.
4. Undergraduate students can also declare Self-Design as a minor to complement their major program of study.