Online Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Many of the challenges we face in our world require an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. In this online interdisciplinary studies degree, you’ll develop this diverse background and learn how to draw on multiple disciplines to find innovative solutions. This degree is also highly flexible and allows you to tailor your coursework to fit your interests and career goals.
Next start date: 06/29/2022
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
Degree questions, answered.
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What is a degree in interdisciplinary studies?
Our Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies focuses on two topics of your choosing. It’s a creative and flexible program that is ideal for students who are undecided, seeking to transfer or want to pursue multiple areas of study such as history and philosophy.
This program will teach you how to integrate perspectives from a variety of disciplines and equip you with transferable skills in critical thinking, synthesis and research. You’ll also have the opportunity to cover more topics than you would in other specialized degree programs.
Another benefit of this online interdisciplinary studies degree is its emphasis on experiential learning. To graduate from the program, you must complete 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. For example, a previous student with concentrations in communications and sports worked as a youth sports program intern.
What are some potential concentrations for the bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies?
The 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 options include:
Does my bachelor's in interdisciplinary studies 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.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
Please note your diploma will state the degree you earn: Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies. Your concentrations will not appear on your diploma but will be noted on your transcripts.
Interdisciplinary studies courses
The culminating experience for this degree is 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 301: Becoming Interdisciplinary
IDS 201: Intellectual Fusion (SB)
What can I do 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:
Admission requirements for the online interdisciplinary studies degree
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
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