Through a clearly defined learning process, the B.S in Interdisciplinary Studies program will help prepare you to integrate knowledge from different perspectives and develop strong analytical and communication capabilities.

Discover how to solve problems and make decisions in creative, innovative, and productive ways—and gain the knowledge and expertise you need to change your world and the world of those around you.

When you earn your B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies online from Walden, you can benefit from:

Access

  • Enroll in one of the most innovative B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies programs online.
  • Position yourself for greater professional opportunities, earning potential, and impact on your organization and community.
  • Continue your education by pursuing a related master’s or doctoral degree in an area of academic emphasis.

Unique Program Structure

  • Take courses that build upon one another to add breadth and depth to your learning.
  • Focus on your interests and deepen your knowledge in two areas of academic emphasis in addition to completing core interdisciplinary courses.
  • Select from a variety of highly relevant field experiences, including an internship, a public service or study abroad opportunity, or a seminar in interdisciplinary research.
  • Use your prior college experience to customize your focus on a particular area with a Self-Design option.

Social Change Impact

• Deepen your understanding of social responsibility with a curriculum aligned with Walden’s mission of positive social change.

Heighten Your Aspirations and Readiness

• Listen to a founding expert in the field define interdisciplinary studies, explain its relevance as an emerging field of study, and discuss why employers value graduates with an interdisciplinary background.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

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Degree Completion Requirements

You also have the option to pursue an undergraduate minor. Your minor must be in a discipline outside your bachelor’s degree program area. Adding a minor to your program of study allows you to gain multidisciplinary skills that can help you advance toward your professional goals.

A minimum of 55 quarter credits must be completed at the 3000 – 4000 level in order to meet program requirements. In some cases, this means that students will need to select 3000 – 4000 level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their academic advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

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Core Courses

Students must complete the Foundation course, seven Interdisciplinary Studies courses and two Capstones.

Emphasis Areas

The B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies program provides adult learners with an opportunity to create flexible career options through the use of “emphases” that are drawn from other degree programs in the university to obtain an understanding and the skills needed in professions of interest. Students are required to choose two emphases in their Interdisciplinary Studies program. Each emphasis consists of six required courses from another Walden undergraduate program. Students with significant prior college experience focused in a particular area may have the opportunity to customize their emphasis area with a Self-Design option.

 

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Core Courses

All B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies students must complete the courses listed below.

First Term Course

Interdisciplinary Studies Courses

Complete both of the following:

Elective Courses

Choose six courses (30 credits) from general education, B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs, with at least 15 of those credits coming from upper-level (3000 ‐ 4000) courses. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Interdisciplinary students might consider one or more of these courses as electives:

Note on Minors: electives can also be used to complete a 6–course minor.

Accounting

If you choose this emphasis, you will be complete the following courses:

Business Administration

If you choose this emphasis, you will be complete the following courses:

Child Development

If you choose this emphasis, you will be complete the following courses:

Communication

If you choose this emphasis, you will be complete the following courses:

Computer Information Systems

If you choose this emphasis, you will be complete the following courses:

Criminal Justice

If you choose this emphasis, you will be complete the following courses:

Forensic Psychology

If you choose this emphasis, you will be complete the following courses:

Health Studies

If you choose this emphasis, you will be complete the following courses:

Human Services

If you choose this emphasis, you will be complete the following courses:

Information Technology

If you choose this emphasis, you will be complete the following courses:

Instructional Design and Technology

If you choose this emphasis, you will be complete the following courses:

Political Science and Public Administration

If you choose this emphasis, you will be complete the following courses:

Psychology

If you choose this emphasis, you will be complete the following courses:

Public Health

If you choose this emphasis, you will be complete the following courses:

Self-Design

Students who have completed the equivalent of six courses in a cohesive area of study may have the opportunity to create a self designed emphasis for their program. At least two courses have to be at the 3000 – 4000 level in order for the student to demonstrate some depth in the field and to meet the program requirements for upper level study. Emphasis courses can be transferred in or completed at Walden. Prior approval is required by the Program Director so interested students should discuss this option with their Enrollment Advisor when inquiring about the program.

Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 181 total quarter credit hours  $310 per quarter hour $56,110
Technology Fee  Per quarter $120 $1,920
    Total $58,030
    Transfer up to 135 credits  $41,850
    Total with Maximum Transfer Credits $14,740

*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

*Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,000.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Accelerate Your Degree Completion

National research shows that employers consistently seek the following skills in their organizations, which are fundamental to the design of the Interdisciplinary Studies program:

  • The ability to speak and write clearly.
  • The ability to think creatively and evaluate carefully.
  • The ability to “see” a problem, analyze the issues, and solve it.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills to use in team-oriented problem-solving.
  • Openness to new ideas and methods and the ability to use new information effectively.
  • Readiness for change and all of the challenges and rewards it brings.

At Walden, you will look at timely issues from different perspectives, gaining the collaboration, communication, creative-thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving skills that are necessary to succeed in any profession.

With national job forecasts pointing to continued growth in positions requiring bachelor’s degrees, the time is right for you to continue your education and pursue a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupations that typically require a bachelor’s degree or higher are expected to increase by 15.3%, or about 5 million new jobs by 2016.*

*National Association of Colleges and Employers, 2006, Job Outlook 2007.

This program features many exciting learning opportunities beyond the classroom:

  • Study Abroad: Explore firsthand how culture, politics, and history shape perspectives in foreign countries.
  • Service Learning: Work in your community to identify how your scholarship can help others in need.
  • Internship: Gain real-world skills through a supervised internship in a setting of your choice.
  • Interdisciplinary Research: Identify an issue to investigate and utilize your research skills through interaction with peers.
  • Capstone: Explore a real problem through your research and pose solutions based on collaboration, critique, and critical thinking.

As a student in Walden’s B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies program, you can choose when, where, and how you learn thanks to our online format and MobileLearn®. Through this education technology, you can listen to coursework on your MP3 player, access your classroom from your iPhone, download coursework to your laptop, and more.

Find out more about what defines Walden’s B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies program:

Study Abroad: Understanding Cultural Perspectives

In the classroom, your studies emphasize integrating multiple perspectives to solve complex problems. In the field, the study abroad experience allows you to explore firsthand how culture, politics, and history shape those perspectives.

For information on our current Study Abroad programs, please click here. You can also view a webinar on one of our previous Study Abroad trips here.

By visiting world-class museums and historic sites and experiencing daily life in another country, you’ll explore how the lenses of culture and history influence your approach to problem solving. You’ll apply the interdisciplinary study process learned in class and deepen your understanding of material covered in your coursework.

Webinar

If you would like to learn more about this study abroad opportunity, view highlights from the archived webinar, "Orientation: France and Spain Study Abroad Educational Tour"

What is Interdisciplinary Studies?

Interdisciplinary studies is a process of answering a question, solving a problem, or addressing a topic that is too broad or complex to be dealt with adequately by a single academic major or profession. Since most significant issues have multiple causes, interdisciplinary studies integrates a range of perspectives to provide a more comprehensive understanding of issues and challenges.

In Walden’s B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies program, you will blend coursework from different academic areas and apply your new knowledge and skills to real-world scenarios through an internship, a public service or study abroad opportunity, or a seminar in interdisciplinary research. Through a series of interdisciplinary core courses, you will learn to identify connections among areas of interest and actively engage in problem-solving that crosses ethnic, regional, and global boundaries.

Increasingly, organizations and communities are forming cross-functional teams that collaboratively work to achieve their goals, from developing innovative products to offering new services. Use your strengthened interdisciplinary and critical-thinking skills—in high demand by employers and community leaders—to enhance many aspects of your life.

Interested in learning more about our study abroad trips? Click here to view videos of past Study Abroad trips.

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Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Comprehend and translate terminology across multiple program areas and perspectives.
  2. Use symbols, metaphors, and models to communicate their understanding of complex issues.
  3. Demonstrate systemic interdisciplinary reasoning.
  4. Demonstrate inclusive thinking and techniques of integration to move toward interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving and decision making.
  5. Conduct, analyze, and apply interdisciplinary research.
  6. Understand the importance of solving problems alongside individuals with multiple perspectives.
  7. Evaluate the relevance of contextual factors to understand an issue.

For assistance in deciding which concentration fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States