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.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 01/09/2023


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 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:

  • Anthropology.
  • Biological sciences.
  • Digital audiences.
  • Community health.
  • Family and human development.
  • Homeland security.
  • Integrative health.
  • Justice studies.
  • Music.
  • Project management.
  • Spanish.
  • Sustainability.
  • Urban planning.

You’ll also have the opportunity to earn this bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in as little as five years with our unique 4+1 option. Eligible students can choose between earning a Master of Liberal Studies or a Master of Science in organizational leadership. To take advantage of this unique opportunity, you must apply during your junior year. Please keep in mind each program has unique requirements to be eligible. Speak with your advisor for additional information.

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:

Corporate Trainer


Growth: 8.6 %
Salary: $62,700

Designer (General)


Growth: -1.9 %
Salary: $63,750

Event Planner


Growth: 7.8 %
Salary: $51,560

Human Resources Manager


Growth: 6.3 %
Salary: $121,220

Marketing Manager


Growth: 6.7 %
Salary: $142,170

Public Relations Specialist


Growth: 7.2 %
Salary: $62,810

Real Estate Agent


Growth: 2.3 %
Salary: $49,040

Sales Manager


Growth: 3.5 %
Salary: $132,290

Social Services Director


Growth: 17.0 %
Salary: $69,600

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.

Admission requirements for the online interdisciplinary studies degree

I am a future

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).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to 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 the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to 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 the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

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 8 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

Top 10


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

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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