Online Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Many of the challenges we face in our world require an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. In Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies, you’ll develop a diverse background and learn how to draw on multiple disciplines to find innovative solutions. This degree is highly flexible and allows you to tailor your coursework to fit your interests and career goals.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 03/11/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 40

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

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What is interdisciplinary studies?

Interdisciplinary studies combines multiple academic disciplines into one major. This creative and flexible program is ideal for students who are undecided, have recently transferred or want to pursue multiple areas of study such as history and philosophy.

A benefit of this online interdisciplinary studies degree is its emphasis on experiential learning. To graduate from this program, you must complete an applied project (sometimes referred to as an internship) or work with faculty on a research project. The College of Integrative Sciences and Arts will work with you to help you find an internship that fits your interests.

What industries hire interdisciplinary studies graduates?

 

This program’s unique makeup leaves you prepared to work in a variety of industries. Throughout your courses, you’ll have the opportunity to cover more topics than you would in other specialized programs. You’ll gain the ability to integrate multiple perspectives, utilize team dynamics and problem solve.

You’ll also gain a wide range of transferable skills, including:

  • Analytical reasoning.
  • Applied experience.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Communication.
  • Teamwork.

Personalize your studies with two topics of focus

 

This interdisciplinary studies program allows you to build a degree unique to your passions and goals. You’ll select two different concentrations from more than 30 available options, with advisors available to help you choose. One of the most popular combinations is to pair a concentration in business with a second focus in psychology. Some other concentration pairing options include:

  • Anthropology and sustainability.
  • Applied business data analytics and business.
  • Business and project management.
  • Family and human development and communication.
  • Personal health and integrative health.
  • Sales and marketing essentials and organizational leadership.

Additionally, this bachelor’s degree can be completed as part of an Accelerated Master’s program. When accepted, you can earn a master’s degree in as little as one year after completing your undergraduate degree. This opportunity saves you time and money while giving you advanced knowledge in your field. Applicable master’s degrees include:

Will my diploma say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Interdisciplinary studies courses

In addition to completing required courses, you’ll take part in a culminating experience. Available options include an internship, directed study or research fellowship. Internships include 125 hours with your sponsor, as well as accompanying online coursework. The directed study option involves the creation of an original thesis or project, which can be useful if you want to pursue a graduate degree. The research fellowship is highly competitive and involves assisting faculty members with research or other ongoing projects. All three options allow you to gain professional experience integrating your chosen interdisciplinary concentrations. Other courses you may take include:


IDS 302: Integration Skills


IDS 401: Integration: Experiential Learning


IDS 201: Intellectual Fusion (SB)


IDS 301: Becoming Interdisciplinary


Jobs you could get with an interdisciplinary studies degree

A bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies provides you with the tools to integrate your concentration areas and explore a related career. Some previous graduates are working as business analysts, human resource coordinators and marketing specialists. Other potential career opportunities include, but aren’t limited to:

Corporate Trainer


Growth: 6.3 %
Salary: $63,080

Designer (General)


Growth: 3.1 %
Salary: $65,390

Event Planner


Growth: 7.5 %
Salary: $52,560

Human Resources Manager


Growth: 5.2 %
Salary: $130,000

Marketing Manager


Growth: 6.6 %
Salary: $140,040

Public Relations Specialist


Growth: 6.1 %
Salary: $67,440

Real Estate Agent


Growth: 3.2 %
Salary: $49,980

Sales Manager


Growth: 4.0 %
Salary: $130,600

Social Services Director


Growth: 9.1 %
Salary: $74,240

Respected educators who nurture excellence in interdisciplinary studies

Faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts are deeply committed to exploration in their fields of work. Many of our faculty and staff are recognized both nationally and internationally for their achievements.

  • American Educational Research Association fellows. 
  • American Psychological Association fellows. 
  • Fulbright scholars. 
  • Numerous achievement awards in fields from psychology to writing.

Respected educators who nurture excellence in interdisciplinary studies

Faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts are deeply committed to exploration in their fields of work. Many of our faculty and staff are recognized both nationally and internationally for their achievements.

  • American Educational Research Association fellows. 
  • American Psychological Association fellows. 
  • Fulbright scholars. 
  • Numerous achievement awards in fields from psychology to writing.

How to apply

I am a future

You’re considered a first-year student for application purposes if you’ve never attended college or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours.

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Competency requirements

Additional admission requirements

High school equivalency

Homeschool

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Study at a globally recognized university

Arizona State University is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report.

#1


in innovation for 9 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

Top 5


best online bachelor’s programs.

Top 10%


best global universities.

80%


of graduates reported that their experiences at ASU inspired them to explore new career opportunities.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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