Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies

The College of Creative Arts’ Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) program enables students to earn a Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies (B.MdS.) degree by following an individualized course of study based on their own academic interests and goals in the Arts.  Combined with the University’s General Education Foundations, the degree allows students to choose three different academic minors to create their own educational plan.  At least two of the three minors must be from programs within the College of Creative Arts. The third minor can be from the College of Creative Arts or from one of the other minor programs available at West Virginia University. Students who decide to have all three minors from the College of Creative Arts can only have two from the same area (art, dance, music, or theatre).

Each MDS course of study culminates with a “capstone” project where MDS students demonstrate what they have learned during their time at West Virginia University.  The capstone must be selected from one of the capstone opportunities offered by the College of Creative Arts where the student has completed a minor.

As a member of the College’s MDS program, students are welcome to participate in the many performance, exhibition, internship and study-abroad opportunities offered by the College.  Participation may require the completion of certain coursework and/or a successful audition/review process.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The College of Creative Arts offers a limited number of special College-based scholarship awards for freshman and current students enrolled in its programs. College-based awards are granted on the demonstration of outstanding talent, academic achievement, and the demonstration of future potential for success in the MDS program.

Information regarding both University and College of Creative Arts Scholarships can be found at

For more information about the College of Creative Arts MDS program, please contact:

James Froemel, Recruitment Coordinator
College of Creative Arts
West Virginia University
P.O. Box 6111
Morgantown, WV 26506-6111

Phone: (304) 293-4339

Admission into Program

Acceptance into the College of Creative Arts’ MDS program is contingent upon admission to WVU as an undergraduate student. Some minors require that the student must also complete a successful audition/review process in order to enroll and/or complete the course of study. When required, the audition/review is a preliminary assessment of a student’s potential for success in the program.

Students should check the requirements for each minor. Minor requirements are listed under the individual programs in this catalog.

Click here to view the Suggested Plan of Study

Program Requirements

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.0
GEF Requirements *34
Select 1 of the following:2
First-Year Seminar
First-Year Seminar
First-Year Seminar
Minor Requirements
A grade of C- or better is required in all minor coursework
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in each minor or the GPA required for the specific minor (whichever is higher)
None of the courses required in the minors can be used to satisfy GEF requirements
If a course fulfills a requirement in more than one minor, an additional course from one of the minor's list of recommended electives or advanced study courses must be completed.
At least 60 credit hours of 200-400 level coursework is required
College of Creative Arts Minor 118
College of Creative Arts Minor 218
Minor 3 (any University minor)18
College of Creative Arts Capstone2-3
To be chosen from a School in the College of Creative Arts where a minor is completed
Grade of C- or higher is required
School of Arts and Design Capstone Courses:
Senior Project-Capstone
Senior Projects in Painting
Graphic Design: Senior Project
Senior Projects in Sculpture
Senior Projects in Printmaking
Senior Projects in Ceramics
Senior Projects in Intermedia
School of Music Capstone Courses:
Major Project in Theory, Composition, or Music History
Student Teaching Seminar
Directed Study
Repertoire: Piano
School of Theatre & Dance Capstone Courses:
Capstone Experience
The Complete Performer
Electives (including a University Writing course) *28
Total Hours120

 Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3GEF 33
Select one of the following:2Minor 1 Course3
 Minor 2 Course3
 Minor 3 Course3
Minor 1 Course3 
Minor 2 Course3 
 14 15
Second Year
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3GEF 53
GEF 43GEF 24
Minor 1 Course3Minor 2 Course3
Minor 3 Course3Minor 3 Course3
 15 16
Third Year
GEF 63GEF 73
Minor 1 Course3GEF 83
Minor 2 Course3Minor 1 Course3
Minor 3 Coures3Minor 2 Course3
Elective 3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
GEF 8 3GEF 8 3
Capstone Course3Minor 2 Course3
Minor 1 Course3Minor 3 Course3
Minor 3 Course3Elective3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Outcomes


The Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies in the Arts (BMdS) allows students to follow an individualized course of study based on their own academic interests in the Arts. 

  • Demonstration of knowledge and/or skills in two or more areas of study (minors) within the College beyond basic coursework and performance appropriate to the individual’s needs and interests.
  • The ability to think, speak, and write clearly and effectively, and to communicate with precision, cogency, and rhetorical force.
  • An informed acquaintance with the mathematical and experimental methods of the physical and biological sciences, and with the main forms of analysis of the historical and quantitative techniques needed for investigating the workings and developments of modern society.
  • An ability to address culture and history from a variety of perspectives.
  • Understanding of, and experience in thinking about, moral and ethical problems.
  • The ability to respect, understand and evaluate work in a variety of disciplines and particularly in one or more aspects of the Arts.
  • The capacity to explain and defend views effectively and rationally.
  • The ability to conceive, create and practice one or more specific areas of the Arts.
  • Understanding the similarities, differences and relationships among the various forms of Art.
  • A demonstration of the conceptual and practical relationship between at least two areas of the Arts combined with a third area related to the student’s specific academic and personal interests and goals.