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Bachelor's Degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies (BS or BA)

Don’t choose a major — create one.

The world isn’t defined in black and white. Career titles and job descriptions cross boundary lines and do not simply fit within one standard definition—and neither should you.

Do you love horses but also have a passion for justice? Major in Equine Law. Don’t see that on the list of degrees offered? That’s because someone made it up—created it from scratch, combining equestrian science and legal studies courses, tailoring their college degree to fit their dream career perfectly. And with the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program at William Woods University, you can do the same.

This program allows you to customize your education to match your individual career goals, combining skills and tools across various disciplines to build towards the future you want. You will work with a committee of faculty and advisors from your chosen areas of study to guide you throughout your college career, overseeing your progress and offering their assistance and advice in any way they can.

Examples of Interdisciplinary Studies majors in the past include:

  • Art Therapy: the combination of art, biology and psychology courses
  • Event Planning: the combination of business and communications courses
  • Animal Assisted Therapy: the combination of biology, psychology and equestrian courses
  • Forensic science: the combination of criminal law, biology and psychology courses
  • Liberal Arts: the combination of history, philosophy, and literature courses
  • Equine Advertising: the combination of equestrian administration and communications courses

Bachelor of Science (BS) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) Options in Interdisciplinary Studies

Whether you choose to follow a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies is completely dependent upon the areas of study you are interested in pursuing.

A Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies is defined by:

  • Pursuing two areas of study that are labeled as BA programs
  • Completing 30-36 hours of coursework in each of the two areas of study

A Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies is defined by:

  • Pursuing three areas of study (labeled as BA or BS programs) or pursuing two areas of study, with at least one being a BS program
  • Completing 60-70 hours of coursework, with a minimum of 20 hours in each area of study

Special opportunities

  • Get involved with one of the many student clubs and organizations in your area of interest, joining a community of like-minded peers and gaining hands on experience and networking opportunities with professionals in your field
  • Explore the unique opportunity to work closely with faculty from a variety of disciplines as they guide you in molding your academic career into all you want it to be
  • Demonstrate what you’ve learned through a final capstone project or senior thesis
  • Gain individualized attention through our small class sizes from faculty who are experts in their field and whose goal is to see you grow

Perspectives

The interdisciplinary degree program is a wonderful program that truly embodies what William Woods University is — a student-centered university. This ‘create your own degree program’ allows students to tailor their program of study to their particular area of interest and career plan.

Dr. Caroline Boyer, Assistant Professor of Psychology at William Woods University

Requirements/Curriculum

Bachelor of Arts Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree at William Woods University consists of 30-36 hours of coursework in two different areas, a minor, required foreign language, and an independent study capstone course requiring a thesis or final project.

Bachelor of Science Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree at William Woods University consists of 60-70 hours of coursework in 2-3 different areas of study with a minimum of 20 hours in each area. Students will also need to take an independent study capstone course requiring a thesis or final project.


Admissions Information

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