Florida State University

Interdisciplinary Social Science Program

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Welcome to the Interdisciplinary Social Science Program

Our world is highly complex. An interdisciplinary orientation to the social sciences allows students to pursue a holistic study of the complex issues and problems facing the social world.

Our students are encouraged to apply a spectrum of perspectives to specific public policies and social issues. They are guided to identify an interdisciplinary “discipline” that draws on various fields of research and scholarship as they choose from several flexible options to pursue their individual interests.

Designing Your Major 

The Interdisciplinary Social Science degree can be attained through several optional academic plans.  Academic plans can be focused in flexible multidisciplinary academic paths, or through structured specializations.

The ISS major consists of 43 credits that can be organized in various ways.  Students are encouraged to work with academic and faculty advisors to plan the best options for pursuing a cohesive, multidisciplinary path toward their learning goals.

Multidisciplinary Academic Plans

Students will use at least two social science disciplines in pursuit of their academic goals.  The major coursework can be organized to include primary and secondary departments, and the integration of departmental perspectives as a successful academic path. 

Specialized areas of study support a structured multidisciplinary plan of study related to specific interest areas.  The specialized areas of study include pre-organized multidisciplinary options to advance student interests and learning within a specific area of study. 

Specialized Areas of Study

Public Policy Certificate

Internship Credit

ISS offers Liberal Studies Formative Experience academic credit for internship experience. Eligibility for academic credit is determined on a case by case basis. For more information visit Interdisciplinary Internship Credit.

Mission Statement

The Interdisciplinary Social Science program engenders individually-driven social goals that guide student vision and learning attainment. We do this by promoting academic freedom and teaching intellectual capacities that support innovation and collaboration through interdisciplinary curriculum and experiential engagement. We focus our efforts on providing an environment which promotes holistic understandings of complex social dynamics through the integration of various disciplinary, social, economic, and political perspectives. Through student-centered teaching and purpose-driven advising, we cultivate conscious multidisciplinary dexterity and an integrative vision of complex social phenomena.

2022 ISS Bylaws

Contact Us


BEL 211


8AM - 5PM
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(850) 644- 4418

Mailing Address

Interdisciplinary Social Science Program

P.O. Box 3062160

113 Collegiate Loop
Tallahassee, Florida 32306