Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IDLS) is the undergraduate major for students pursuing teaching licensure in inclusive early childhood education (early childhood education, preK-3 and early childhood special education, birth to five), elementary education (PreK-6), middle grades education (6-8) and special education (K-12). The IDLS major meets Virginia teacher competencies by providing breadth and integration across the content areas of English and language arts, history, social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, and technology. IDLS requirements vary by education program, as outlined in this section, and a current IDLS checksheet. Students declaring the IDLS major must also declare one of the teacher education programs previously listed. Detailed information on teacher education programs is in the College of Education section of this catalog.
In the unusual circumstance that a student exits the education licensure pre-professional program late in his/her college career, the IDLS director may permit the student to complete the IDLS degree with the addition of an appropriate minor.
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies for Inclusive Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Special Education Licensure
|Required Courses||Credit Hours|
|IDLS and General Education core||53|
|Remaining General Education||6|
|IDLS upper-level concentration||21|
|Core Requirements||Credit Hours|
|Language Arts and Communication|
|GWRTC 103. Critical Reading and Writing|
|Oral Communication (choose one)||3|
|GCOM 121. Fundamental Communication: Presentations|
|GCOM 122. Fundamental Human Communication: Individual Presentations|
|GCOM 123. Fundamental Human Communication: Group Presentations|
|Literature (choose one)||3|
|GENG 235. Survey of English Literature: From Beowulf to the 18th Century|
|GENG 236. Survey of English Literature: 18th Century to Modern|
GENG 247. Survey of American Literature: From the Beginning to the
GENG 248. Survey of American Literature: From the Civil War to the
|GENG 239. Studies in World Literature|
|GENG 260. Survey of African-American Literature|
|Global History (both required)||6|
|GHIST 101. World History to 1500|
|GHIST 102. World History Since 1500|
|GHIST 225. U.S. History|
|GPOSC 225. U.S. Government|
|Economics (choose one)||3|
|GECON 200. Introduction to Macroeconomics|
|ECON 201. Principles of Economics (Micro)|
|Geography (choose one)||3|
|GGEOG 200. Geography: The Global Dimension|
|GEOG 280. Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape|
|GANTH 195. Cultural Anthropology|
|GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development|
|Health (choose one)||3|
|GKIN 100. Lifetime Fitness and Wellness|
|GHTH 100. Personal Wellness|
|Fundamentals of Math (all required)||9|
|MATH 107. Fundamentals of Math I|
|MATH 108. Fundamentals of Math II|
|MATH 207. Fundamentals of Mathematics III|
|IDLS students should select Track II in Cluster Three|
|GSCI 161. Science Processes||1|
|GSCI 162. The Science of the Planets||2|
|GSCI 163. The Matter of Matter||1|
|GSCI 164. Physical Science: Learning Through Teaching||2|
|GSCI 165. The Way Life Works||1|
|GSCI 166. Environment in Context||2|
|Upper Level concentration requirement||21|
In addition to the IdLS core, students will complete an IdLS concentration to provide depth and integration beyond core requirements. The four concentration options are noted below, with each option requiring seven upper-level courses.
- Option 1: Math and Science and Technology. Take four courses in math and three in science and technology, or take three in math and four in science and technology.
- Option 2: Humanities and Social Sciences. Choose a humanities and social science track (1-7) and take six courses in that track, plus the IDLS 400 capstone.
- Option 3: Math and Humanities and Social Sciences. Choose a humanities and social science track (1-7). Take three courses in the humanities and social sciences track and four in math, or take four in the humanities and social sciences track and three in math. The humanities and social sciences courses can include IDLS 400, but it is not required.
- Option 4: Science and Technology and Humanities and Social Sciences. Choose a humanities and social science track (1-7). Take three courses in the humanities and social sciences track and four in science and technology, or take four in the humanities and social sciences track and three in science and technology. The humanities and social sciences courses can include IDLS 400, but it is not required.
The current list of concentration courses is available on the IdLS website.
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies for Middle Education Licensure
|Degree Requirements||Credit Hours|
|IDLS and General Education core||46|
|IDLS upper-level concentration||36-42|
The IDLS middle education curriculum consists of 46 hours of core requirements and 36-42 hours in the content concentrations, depending upon which concentrations are selected. Students will select two concentrations from four: science, mathematics, social studies and language arts. Mathematics and science concentrations are 18 hours. Language arts and social studies concentrations are 21 hours. Any combination of concentrations will satisfy the teacher licensure endorsement requirements for Middle Grades licensure in Virginia. The Middle Grades curriculum of IDLS is open only to Middle Grades licensure students.
Core Requirements for IDLS Middle Education
Students follow the General Education check sheet for their catalog year, and complete these specific IDLS core requirements:
Cluster 3: Must select Track 2 (the GSCI 16X series);
must complete the series with GSCI 166;
Middle Education Concentration Options
Middle education students will complete the required courses for any two of the four concentration areas: science, mathematics, language arts and social studies. IdLS middle education concentrations provide depth and integration beyond core requirements. The current list of concentration courses is available on the IdLS website.
IDLS majors are assigned two advisers, one to guide them through teacher education program requirements and another to guide them through IDLS major requirements. Students should check with both advisers regularly to ensure timely graduation. These advisers are assigned when students officially declare their education program and IDLS major. To declare, students must acquire education and IDLS academic unit head signatures on a "Change or Declaration of Major" form.
To be eligible for teacher licensure in inclusive early childhood, elementary, middle school and special education, students graduating with the Bachelor of Science degree in IDLS must complete the appropriate teacher education program at the undergraduate and graduate (Master of Arts in Teaching) levels.