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Area of Study: Liberal Arts
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Liberal Arts
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Interdisciplinary Studies

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Specialized studies break down walls for exciting topics

Austin Community College’s Interdisciplinary Studies (INDS) Program recognizes that culture, history, politics, civil society, and religion, as well as science and technology, are interwoven and interconnected. The INDS degree helps students develop critical and creative thinking skills that will prepare them to succeed in a complex, interconnected world and in a variety of professions.

ACC’s INDS degree provides a foundation for numerous careers and is intended primarily for students planning on transferring to a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year institution. Degree specializations include American Studies, Mexican-American/Chicano Studies, and Peace and Conflict Studies.

The American Studies focus allows students to examine the historical, political, legal, economic, and cultural life of the United States.

The Mexican-American/Chicano Studies (MACS) focus immerses students in the history, literature, art, culture, politics, language, and human experiences of Mexican-Americans/Chicanos.

The Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) focus engages students in studying various topics through the lens of: 1) human rights and social justice; and 2) conflict studies and peace processes. Issues related to these pillars are explored on the interpersonal, local, national, and international levels.

Career Information

Because interdisciplinary studies degree programs guide students toward a broad range of courses, your career options are nearly limitless. Students can either pursue a bachelor’s degree in one of the areas of specialty, or they can pursue degrees in another discipline. In any case, students will be able to view the world as well-informed global citizens. 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 students to get deeply engaged in issues of importance to humanity, and equips them to address those issues creatively by drawing from a variety of disciplines.

Job Titles

  • Diplomat
  • Foreign service
  • Administrator
  • Researcher
  • Mediator
  • Program coordinator
  • Educator
  • Counselor
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Academic Awards

Mexican American/Chicano Studies (Associate of Arts)

Interdisciplinary Studies- Peace and Conflict Studies (Associate of Arts)

Interdisciplinary Studies-American Studies (Associate of Arts)

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Which award path is right for you?

ACC offers a variety of degree and certificate options to get you ready for the next step in your academic and career journey. Choosing the right award path is an important first step to reach your short and long-term goals. Visit our awards page to learn about the types of credentials we offer and the differences between each. 

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Area of Study

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