Interdisciplinary Studies at Concord University offer students the opportunity to design a course of study that meets a particular career or professional need not available in single existing degree programs.
Scholars have long recognized that some of today's most exciting career challenges cut across traditional specialties and demand expertise in more than one subject area.
The BA/BS degree in Interdisciplinary Studies enables students to include as many as four different subject areas. This is not an appropriate degree option for the student undecided about a major. On the contrary, it is the ideal program choice for the student with a career plan that is multi-subject and professional goals that are quite specific.
Students will work with a faculty committee drawn from his or her desired subject areas to insure that the overall plan is coherent, that every class is appropriate, and that every student will benefit from the total range of expertise and talent available on the Concord University faculty.
Examples of existing Interdisciplinary programs include:
- Health Care Management
- Environmental Geophysical Sciences
- Leadership and Entrepreneurial Studies
- International Studies
How to Apply
Applications for the BA/BS Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies are available in the Academic Dean's office. Students must complete one semester of college before being admitted into the program. Each program of study must fulfill Concord's Program of General Studies and must include an interdisciplinary program of study that comprises at least two disciplines [four permitted], at least 48 credit hours, and a minimum of 24 credit hours of upper level courses. Each discipline included must contain at least 12 credit hours. Up to 12 hours of internship, directed research, performance, or exhibition credit is permitted in the program.
Students should apply before completing the fifth academic semester. To undertake an Interdisciplinary Degree, a student presents a written proposal outlining his or her goal and plan. The proposal will be evaluated by the student's advisor and four other faculty members selected by the student. Faculty committee members must have the rank of Assistant Professor or higher. Each discipline in the concentration area must be represented on the committee. The committee will indicate whether the degree will be a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree. Each discipline represented by 12 or more hours must contain an adequate number of upper level courses.
The student must have an overall grade point average of 2.0 and must have a minimum of 2.0 in the courses indicated in the program of study prior to graduation. Completion of the degree program requires a minimum of 128 semester hours. After the program of study has been designed, the courses listed on the application, and the appropriate signatures secured, changes made in the program of study must be approved by all people signing the application.