What will I learn?

The Associate of Interdisciplinary Studies degree is designed for those who need or desire a flexible degree program. Within the limits specified for the degree, students, with their advisors, may design programs to suit their personal needs and educational objectives.

This program requires 60 credit hours of coursework. Students who have previously earned 60 hours of credit with a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or above in all higher education coursework, including all coursework completed at Western Kentucky University, and have met all other requirements for the degree, may apply as candidates for the AIS degree. If, upon evaluation of their transcripts, such students meet all the requirements for the degree, the degree will be awarded at the next graduation ceremony.


The Associate of Interdisciplinary Studies degree has become more attractive with the growth of business and industry in the area and with the increase of minimum educational requirements for employment or promotion. In addition to those wishing to enhance their employability, several other groups of students will find the program suits their needs. These include those who are seeking a degree for their personal satisfaction; those who plan eventually to move on to the main campus, but wish to have a degree at the two-year level; and those who wish to consolidate previously-earned credits into a degree program.

Program Requirements

Minimum requirements for the AIS degree are 60 semester hours distributed among the WKU Colonnade courses and two “areas of emphasis.” A total of 21 hours of Colonnade courses, 27 hours in the areas of emphasis, and 12 hours of electives is required. The areas of emphasis must total 27 hours with a minimum of 9 hours in each area.

One third of the areas of emphasis must be earned at WKU. Areas of emphasis include: Arts, Humanities, Science, Business, Education, Technology, Health, Social and Behavioral Science, Organization and Communication of Ideas, and Social Justice and Equity Studies. A student must obtain a 2.0 grade point average in both areas of emphasis. An overall 2.0 grade point average is required to be awarded the AIS degree.

Which department am I in?

College of Health and Human Services

Study options

Online/Distance (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $540 per credit hour
Start date

18 January 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a secondary school education and a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5.

For international students

Applicants are required to have successful completion of high school with 2.5 GPA

English proficiency requirements (one of the following):

TOEFL IBT – 71; IELTS – 6.0; ELS – Level 109 PTE Academic – 52

We have rolling admission, which means we can admit students to WKU close to the start of each semester; however, we recommend that students apply at least two months before the start of their semester to ensure they have enough time to receive an I-20, student visa, housing, and scholarship information.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.