Interdisciplinary Studies (formerly General Studies)

The Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Mount Wachusett Community College provides students with the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.  Upon completion of this program, students are prepared to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a baccalaureate degree. The Interdisciplinary Studies program offers a student the opportunity to explore many interests while completing a core curriculum used for transfer. Students will gain knowledge in a variety of disciplines including math, science, the humanities and the social sciences.

Interdisciplinary Studies Degree (IDS)

If your career and educational goals are not yet firmly defined, the Interdisciplinary Studies program provides a flexible curriculum allowing you to explore many different disciplines.

Year 1
ENG 101College Writing I 3
MAT 126Topics In Mathematics (or higher) 3-4
Computer Information Systems Elective 1 3
General Elective 2 3
General Elective 2 3
ENG 102College Writing II 3
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
Behavioral Social Science Elective 3 3
General Elective 2 3
General Elective 2 3
Year 2
Business Elective 4 3
Non-Behavioral Social Science Elective 5 3
Science Elective 6 3-4
General Elective 2 3
General Elective 2 3
General Elective 2 3-4
ISC 220Community Service Learning Capstone 3
Humanities Elective 7 3
Advanced General Elective 8 3
Advanced General Elective 8 3
 Total Credits: 60-63

CIS ELECTIVES: CIS 109 Introduction to Programming, CIS 121 Spreadsheet Applications, or CIS 127 Computer Technologies


General Electives: See General Electives exceptions.


Behavioral Social Science Electives: See Elective Courses by Abbreviation.


Business Electives: See Elective Courses by Abbreviation.


Non-behavioral Social Science Electives: See Elective Courses by Abbreviation


Science Electives: See Elective Courses by Abbreviation.


Humanities Electives: See Elective Courses by Abbreviation


An advanced general elective is any 200-level course.

See Interdisciplinary Studies program student learning outcomes and technical standards.

Helpful hints

Interdisciplinary Studies is an opportunity for students to customize a program of study for transfer to a four-year institution.  For example, students who wish to major in a discipline not offered at MWCC (i.e., Mathematics or English) may choose IDS.  The flexibility allowed in the IDS program is a good way to explore a variety of academic options.

Transfer options

IDS students interested in transferring should meet with the college's transfer counselor, as well as contact their transfer schools of choice. For transfer options, please click here

Special requirements

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Earning potential

Varies according to industry.

Program Student Learning Outcomes for IDS

Program student learning outcomes are those outcomes outlined in the Institutional Effectiveness and Learning Outcomes Assessment section.

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of complex written texts that demand an appreciation of subtext, irony, metaphor, and the subtlety and nuances of language.
  • Successfully complete a substantial research paper that demonstrates the ability to formulate a research question, conduct research using the library’s databases, and synthesize information from a variety of sources into a cohesive and in-depth analysis of a topic.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of historic, social, and cultural backgrounds necessary for understanding their own and other societies with an emphasis on important ideas and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, their world.
  • Demonstrate scientific literacy, which can be defined as the matrix of knowledge needed to understand enough about the universe to deal with issues that come across the horizon of the average citizen, in the news or elsewhere.
  • Demonstrate a broad exposure and clear understanding of the various disciplines and the proper foundation to pursue a variety of career choices.

Technical Standards for IDS 1  


For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.

  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Stand for a minimum of two hours.
  • Walk for a minimum of six hours, not necessarily consecutively.
  • Stoop, bend, and twist for a minimum of 30 minutes at a time and be able to repeat this activity at frequent intervals.
  • Use the small muscle dexterity necessary to do such tasks as gloving, gowning, and operating controls on machinery.
  • Read measurement units with or without corrective lenses.
  • Respond to spoken words, monitor signals, call bells, and vital sign assessment equipment with or without corrective devices.
  • Identify behaviors that would endanger a person's life or safety and intervene quickly, with an appropriate solution, in a crisis situation.
  • Remain calm, rational, decisive, and in control at all times, especially during emergency situations.
  • Exhibit social skills appropriate to professional interactions.
  • Maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close personal contact.
  • Function without causing harm to self or others if under the influence of prescriptive or over the counter medications.