Multidisciplinary Studies Bachelor of Science Programs

Multidisciplinary studies programs are for individuals looking to study subjects not available in one cohesive degree. Read on for information about classes offered in these programs and their requirements, and learn about potential career paths for graduates. Schools offering Interdisciplinary Studies degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How Do Multidisciplinary Studies Programs Work?

Multidisciplinary studies programs allow you to design an individualized course of study and take courses in several different schools and departments simultaneously. For example, rather than declaring a major within one department, you may decide to take a certain number of credits from courses in multiple departments, such as the natural and social sciences, communications, health, science and business.

Most schools require you to work with an academic adviser to write a proposal that outlines the course of study you are interested in. Once your ideas for an individualized concentration are approved, you work with your adviser to choose the courses that best fit your goals. Most schools allow you to take any undergraduate courses in any department, as long as it is approved (based on their relevance to the program you develop). Some schools require you to take research method courses as well as seminar courses specially designed for multidisciplinary students.

Program Overview Students work with an adviser to develop a course of study; different courses in different fields are approved and then completed for a certain number of credits
Online Availability Rarely available entirely online, though hybrid formats are available
Experience Requirements Internships or co-op programs are often completed as part of this degree
Median Salary (2018)$60,000 (Public Relations Specialists)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)9% growth (Public Relations Specialists)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Can These Programs Be Completed Online?

Most schools do not offer bachelor's degree programs in multidisciplinary studies that can be completed entirely over the Internet; however, if you choose to incorporate some online courses as part of your curriculum, many schools allow you to count these toward your degree. If you choose to take any online courses, you need a broadband Internet connection as well as an updated browser, such as Firefox or Internet Explorer. Many schools stream course materials over the Internet, so you may also need media-viewing software, like QuickTime Player or Windows Media Viewer.

Can I Gain Work Experience?

Multidisciplinary studies programs exist so that you may design a degree to best prepare you for your academic and professional goals. Some schools allow you to complete a relevant internship for credit toward your degree and a handful of schools also offer co-op programs as part of multidisciplinary courses of study. In a co-op program, you alternate semesters of coursework and fieldwork, which may lead you to professional opportunities in your chosen discipline. Most schools require you to complete at least two semesters of coursework before you are able to begin the co-op portion of your degree program.

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