Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I contact if I have questions about the Interdisciplinary Studies Degree?

Sister Danae Romrell is the Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies. You can contact her through email interdisciplinarystudies@byui.eduor by phone (208)496-3357.

On campus students could also schedule an appointment with Career & Academic Advising by calling (208)496-9800. Their office is located in CHP 101 and their email address is advising@byui.edu.

Online students can contact an online academic advisor by calling (208)496-1411 or by email onlinelearning@byui.edu.

What are the requirements for an internship?

For the interdisciplinary internship you are required to work for 100 hours (per credit) over a minimum of a 7 week period. Your internship will need to be approved prior to beginning work. To find more information about the requirements you can visit Interdisciplinary Internship. To learn how to have your internship approved you can visit BYU-Idaho Internship

What are the requirements for the Capstone Project?

The IDS Capstone Project Course, IDS 499, requires that you complete a 50 hour project. The project should give you an opportunity to integrate content from your concentration and minor/clusters. You will be required to find a faculty mentor to provide guidance for your project. At the end of the semester you will be required to present your project. On campus students typically present at the Research and Creative Works Conference (link to the R&CW Conference). Online students work with their instructor to determine an alternative presentation venue. For more information visit IDS Capstone Course.

I already have a full time job so it would be difficult for me to complete an internship. What should I do?

Situations like this are considered on a case-by-case basis. If you are an interdisciplinary studies major, please email Sister Romrell, the Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies, at interdisciplinarystudies@byui.edu, and explain your situation.  If you are majoring in something other than interdisciplinary studies, please email the Internship Office at internships@byui.edu and ask them what you need to do.

I have previous work experience that is similar to an internship, but I didn’t get credit for it. Can I count it for IDS 398R?

Typically, no. You need to have the internship approved prior to completing the internship. However, in certain situations it may be possible to waive the internship. If you are an interdisciplinary studies major, please contact Sister Romrell, the Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies, at interdisciplinarystudies@byui.edu, and explain your situation. If you are majoring in something other than interdsiciplinary studies, please email the Internship Office at internships@byui.edu and ask them what you need to do.