School of Arts and Sciences

Interdisciplinary Studies

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Interdisciplinary Studies Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Students seeking the online degree are encouraged to complete the required twenty-one (21) credit hours in the concentration from an academic department that offers an online major. Online degrees are available in the Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Religion and Theology majors.

Students seeking the traditional degree may complete the required twenty-one (21) credit hours in a concentration from any major offered by any academic department. 

The interdisciplinary studies program will reside under the auspices of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, who will initially provide academic advising and who will assign additional advisors based upon the selected concentration of the student.

Our Bachelor's Degree

The School of Arts and Sciences offers not only a traditional but also an online Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies provides students with a unique opportunity to develop a multi-disciplinary and carefully focused course of study, which will fulfill traditional college requirements. This program equips students with a broad-based education that will allow them to think logically and articulate their findings via written and oral communications using technology. Students also are prepared for the intellectual tasks needed for success in graduate and professional schools. The Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Program is designed to offer quality, flexibility, and personal satisfaction.

Interdisciplinary Studies Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will fulfill the Student Learning Outcomes of their selected academic concentration.

Program Outcomes

The Interdisciplinary Studies Program will look to perform the following:

Provide an environment that promotes scholarship and critical thinking in its graduates.

Create an environment in which diverse student populations develop academic and social networks that support their uniqueness and promote professionalism in lifelong learning.

Integrate liberal arts, sciences, business, and professional education in order for graduates to make positive contributions to society.

Develop individuals who are competent in the application of knowledge and skills and who possess values and attitudes consistent with a college degree.

Maintain a qualified and diversified student body by mentoring students and providing the necessary support.

Prepare qualified and serious students for advancement to graduate school.

Major Area Requirements

The Interdisciplinary Studies program requires 120 credit hours. The required courses will include the following:

  • Fifty (50) credit hours of General Education Core courses.
  • Twenty-one (21) credit hours from an academic department to form a Concentration.
    • Twelve (12) of these 21 hours must be upper level courses (300 or 400 level).
  • Forty-nine (49) credit hours of electives taken from two academic schools (School of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Computational and Information Sciences and School of Education).
    • These electives will be determined by counseling with an academic advisor and must include at least twenty-four (24) credit hours in upper level courses (300 or 400 level).
Career Options

Through interdisciplinary studies degree programs, students can choose to focus their coursework across different fields and learn many skills that may be useful when working in a variety of industries. Your unique interdisciplinary program can adequately prepare you to work in a diverse set of roles, given that you complete relevant coursework.

Depending on what type of interdisciplinary program you design for yourself, you can access a multitude of job opportunities—by blending more than one discipline, you can develop a unique perspective that may give you an advantage on the job market. Here are some different jobs for graduates with interdisciplinary studies degrees:

Accountants are financial professionals who perform budgetary research, analyze account data and prepare financial reports. They are responsible for maintaining proper records and statements of a business’ financial activities and may audit such documents to advise executives on relevant decisions.
Journalists are professionals that work in the news and media industry. They may work in broadcast journalism, written journalism or photo journalism. In general, journalists are responsible for performing research, investigating specific events, gathering information, writing news pieces and delivering information in a balanced and unbiased manner to inform the public.
Teachers are educational professionals who instruct students of all age levels on a variety of subjects. They develop curricular materials, plan lessons, deliver lessons, grade assignments, provide feedback, collaborate with parents, provide learning interventions and perform other day-to-day duties. In general, teachers are responsible for fostering a safe and respectful learning environment to encourage student growth.
Counselors work in a variety of capacities to help individuals manage personal goals, challenges and growth strategies. They typically meet with clients, assess their specific needs, and help develop a growth plan to address such needs. Counselors may help clients with careers, educational goals, mental wellness, addiction or other pertinent matters, depending on their field of specialization.
Public relations specialists are communication professionals who work alongside businesses and public figures. They are responsible for crafting and maintaining a particular and favorable image of an organization or individual through media programming. Public relations specialists may develop marketing campaigns, utilize social media or draft press releases to help foster a public opinion of such entities.
Human resources (HR) managers work in the field of personnel management and administration. They plan, direct and coordinate the administrative operations of an organization, helping to establish the employee-employer relationship. On a day-to-day basis, HR managers may supervise recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training and development activities, interface with organizational executives and help guide employees through workplace processes.