- Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies
Nature of the Program
The Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) in Education and Human Services (EDHS) degree program in the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) is designed to provide undergraduates with a broad understanding of their chosen education and human service areas, and a set of skills to help them become employable after graduation in careers in education and human services. Some students may organize the major in preparation for graduate work in specific disciplines such as Counseling, Education, Human Development and Family Sciences, or Special Education. Other students may select minor areas that will qualify them to specific career opportunities, such as a perinatal educator, youth worker, child/family advocate, early childhood intervention specialist, and residential counselor. This program does not confer any professional certification or licensure.
The Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies (EDHS) is comprised of three minors. Two minors must be from within the College of Education and Human Services; the third minor may be taken in this college or from another college or school, but it should be selected to complement the EDHS minors.
The current minors in the College include:
- Addiction Studies
- Child Development and Family Studies*
- Disability Studies+
- Early Intervention
- Family and Youth*
- Human Services
- Infants and Toddlers*
- Special Education
- Communication Sciences
- Communication Disorders
*Students are not permitted to complete all three of these minors.
+Students may not complete both the minor in Disability Studies and the undergraduate certificate in Disability Studies.
The EDHS/MDS program provides a list of career tracks illustrating how the minors can be combined to provide students with knowledge, skills, and experiences that will enhance their qualifications for specific careers in education or human services occupations. However, a student may also propose a combination of minors but they must demonstrate how the three chosen fields of study work together toward his/her educational and/or career goals. For example, one student may choose the areas of Family and Youth, Human Services, and Business Administration with the goal of a career in the administrative side of an agency that serves a diverse client base. Another student may choose the areas of Disability Studies, Early Intervention, and Infants and Toddlers, to prepare for a career as a Developmental Specialist in Birth to Three Services. The combinations and career options provide multiple pathways to a meaningful and satisfying career working with children or adults in education and human services.
Students who earn a degree in the Multidisciplinary Studies Program in Education and Human Services in the College of Education and Human Services must complete University requirements for an undergraduate degree, College requirements for this MDS program, and the requirements for each of the three minors. At the end of the program, students complete a capstone project that incorporates content from the three minor areas.
Due to Covid-19 – Admission requirements may differ from what is listed on this page. Please review the most up-to-date program admission requirements for the CEHS Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies major.
Admission to the MDS program in Education and Human Services is approved for several groups of students:
- incoming freshmen who meet the high school GPA and test score criteria for residents or non-residents for regular admission to WVU.
- transfer students from another college or university upon regular admission to WVU, if they have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.0.
- transfer students from another school or college within WVU, if they have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.0.
- transfer students from within the College of Education and Human Services, if they have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.0.
Once students are admitted to the MDS program, they will be assigned an advisor who will work with them to declare their three minors and plan a program of study.
Degree Requirements for Multidisciplinary Studies in Education/Human Services (BMDS)
Students who earn a degree in the undergraduate program in Multidisciplinary Studies in Education and Human Services in the College of Education and Human Services must complete University requirements, College requirements for their specific degree program, and their three minor requirements. A minimum grade of C- is required in all minor area courses and in the capstone course.
General Education Foundations
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 & Rhetoric||3-6|
|Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric|
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
or ENGL 103
|Accelerated Academic Writing|
|F2A/F2B - Science & Technology||4-6|
|F3 - Math & Quantitative Reasoning||3-4|
|F4 - Society & Connections||3|
|F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past||3|
|F6 - The Arts & Creativity||3|
|F7 - Global Studies & Diversity||3|
|F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)||9|
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.
NOTE: Minor course requirements may not be used to fulfill GEF requirements.
|FIRST YEAR SEMINAR|
|EDHS 191||First-Year Seminar||1|
|GENERAL EDUCATION FOUNDATIONS CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS|
& ENGL 102
|Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric|
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF1)
|or ENGL 103||Accelerated Academic Writing|
|GEF 2A/B Science and Technology||4-6|
|GEF 3 Mathematics & Quantitative Skills||3|
|GEF 4 Society & Connections||3|
|GEF 5 Human Inquiry & The Past||3|
|GEF 6 The Arts & Creativity||3|
|GEF 7 Global Studies & Diversity||3|
|GEF 8 Focus Coursework (choose any three additional GEF courses)||9|
|A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 required|
|EDHS 100||Orientation to Multidisciplinary Studies in Education and Human Services||1|
|EDHS 200||Professional Inquiry in Education and Human Services||3|
|EDHS 489||Capstone Project: Multidisciplinary Studies in Education and Human Services (fulfills Writing and Communication Skills requirement)||3|
|A minimum grade of C- in all minor courses required|
|CEHS MINOR 1||15-19|
|CEHS MINOR 2||15-18|
|CEHS MINOR 3 OR MINOR OUTSIDE OF CEHS||15-18|
|ELECTIVES (number of electives may vary depending on GEF overlap with minors selected) *||33-21|
A minimum of 30 hours of coursework for the degree must be at the 300 level or higher.
|EDHS 191||1||ENGL 102 (GEF 1)||3|
|ENGL 101 (GEF 1)||3||Minor 1 Course 2||3|
|GEF 5||3||GEF 4||3|
|GEF 7||3||GEF 6||3|
|Minor 1 Course 1||3||General Elective||3|
|General Elective||3||EDHS 100||1|
|MATH 121 or higher (GEF 3)||3||Minor 2 Course 2||3|
|GEF 2||4||Minor 2 Course 3||3|
|Minor 1 Course 3||3||GEF 8||3|
|Minor 2 Course 1||3||General Elective||3|
|Minor 3 Course 1||3||General Elective||3|
|EDHS 200 or equivalent||3||Minor 3 Course 4||3|
|Minor 1 Course 4||3||Minor 2 Course 4||3|
|Minor 3 Course 3||3||Minor 1 Course 5||3|
|Minor 3 Course 4||3||GEF 8||3|
|GEF 8||3||General Elective or Minor Course||3|
|Minor 1 Course 5||3||EDHS 489 Capstone Project||3|
|Minor 2 Course 5||3||Minor 3 Course 5||3|
|Minor 3 Course 4||3||General Elective||3|
|General Elective or Minor Course||3||General Elective||3|
|General Elective or Minor Course||3|
|Total credit hours: 120|
Major Learning Outcomes
Multidisciplinary Studies in Education/Human Services
This program has been designed so that program graduates can accomplish the following learning goals:
- Develop knowledge and skills related to content in three minor areas in education and human services and related fields of study.
- Integrate content from minor areas to study a problem of practice in education and human services.
- Prepare and present professional products that identify, discuss and propose solutions for a problem of practice in education and human services.
- Identify career options and pathways to future careers related to education and human services.