Interdisciplinary Studies (BA/BS)

Degree Overview

The Interdisciplinary Studies degree program provides for a uniquely designed major. Whether pursuing a bachelor of science or of art, students work with faculty advisors to develop a plan of study that responds to personal, educational and professional goals. The program is particularly well suited to adult learners. It provides the opportunity for part-time, individually paced education, which allows students to build their academic confidence and integrate their studies into their lives.

Additional objectives are:

  • To enable students to explore multidisciplinary areas and to integrate them in a coherent and meaningful way through the creation of a senior Capstone project.
  • To provide the opportunity for majors that combine the broadly-based Liberal Arts and Sciences courses with professional courses that are specifically chosen to create a minor and two areas of concentration.

To provide the opportunity for a part-time, individually paced education, which allows students to build their academic confidence and integrate their studies more easily into their lives.

Requirements and Curriculum


The Interdisciplinary Studies degree is typically awarded as a Bachelor of Science. A Bachelor of Arts is awarded if the student includes foreign language study through the second year of college-level work and concentrates their fields of study in the liberal arts and sciences fields. Other requirements include:

  • A rationale/thematic organizing principle for the program.
  • A required series of IDIS seminar courses [6 cr.]
  • A core of three interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary courses, one required, two elective [9 cr.].

Career Opportunities

The career opportunities are endless since the students are choosing subjects that they are interested in or are already involved in with a current career. Combining a university-approved minor with any two other disciplines provides a large number of possible combinations, which can provide a foundation for personal and career goals.

A few of the possibilities are:

  • Public and private school teacher
  • Project manager
  • Payroll manager
  • Health services director
  • IDIS majors also have careers in the fields of marketing, computer science, accounting and business administration.
I have benefitted and will continue to benefit from the IDIS program at Fitchburg State University. Throughout my years of study at Fitchburg State, the IDIS program has provided the flexibility for me to attend classes at the most convenient times, and the opportunity for me to explore my various interests of study. Through these aspects of the program, I have been able to continue with my education while working a full-time job as a paraprofessional, and bring what I have learned back into the classroom. I am looking forward to progressing toward my IDIS degree and enhancing my knowledge in early childhood education, psychology and Spanish. Once I receive my undergraduate degree, I will begin working toward a master's degree in early childhood education. Thanks to the individualized opportunities the IDIS program offers, I know I will be well equipped for a successful future.
- Jennifer Shortis

Delivery

Courses available in fall, winter, spring, and two summer sessions. Most courses are offered online, with some courses offered on campus in the evenings, and some morning and afternoon courses in the summer.

Total Credits

120 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees

Program Highlights

This flexible degree program works well for adult learners who are balancing work, family, and education, while also trying to customize their plan of study to achieve personal goals.

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