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Area of Study: Liberal Arts
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Liberal Arts
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Interdisciplinary Studies

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.

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Job Titles & Career Information

Urban and Regional Planners
29.16 Hourly Wage 463 Currently Employed
Develop comprehensive plans and programs for use of land and physical facilities of jurisdictions, such as towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.
463 Urban and Regional Planners are employed. This number is expected to increase by 6.91 % over the next four years.
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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

Program Resources

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Program Maps

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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 goals.

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