Austin Community College’s Interdisciplinary Studies (INDS) department recognizes that culture, history, politics, civil society, and religion, as well as science and technology are interwoven and interconnected. Our degrees help students develop critical and creative thinking skills that will prepare them to succeed in a complex, interconnected world and in a variety of professions.
INDS currently offers five distinct Associate of Arts degree plans. When pursuing an INDS degree students choose one of these areas of specialty:
African and African Diaspora Studies: Focuses on the intellectual, historical, political, artistic, religious, scientific, economic, and sociocultural experiences of people of African descent.
American Studies: Examines the historical, political, legal, economic, and cultural life of the United States.
Global Studies: Explores the diversity, complexity and interdependence of the world community.
Mexican American Studies: Highlights the history, literature, art, culture, politics, language and human experiences of Mexican-Americans/Chicanos.
Peace & Conflict Studies: Examines various subjects through the lens of human rights, social justice, conflict studies and peace processes.
Visit our websites below for more information on each program.
Focuses on the intellectual, historical, political, artistic, religious, scientific, economic, and sociocultural experiences of people of African descent.
Examine the historical, political, legal, economic, and cultural life of the United States.
Learn about the history, literature, art, culture, politics, language and human experiences of Mexican-Americans/Chicanos.
Because Interdisciplinary Studies degree programs guide students toward a broad range of courses, your career options are nearly limitless. You can either pursue a bachelor’s degree in one of the areas of specialty, or you can pursue degrees in another discipline. In any case, you will be able to view the world as a well-informed global citizen. In our increasingly complex world, employers are seeking people who are not only educated and skilled, but also have the ability to learn new information, think critically, and know what questions to ask. The broad curriculum of INDS encourages you to get deeply engaged in issues of importance to humanity, and equips you to address them creatively by drawing from a variety of disciplines.