Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies

The Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) major in the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design is a flexible degree program which allows students and their advisors to tailor a set of courses which meets the student’s interests and career plans.  The major was developed in response to increasing demands from employers and students for broad-based educational programs which prepare students for our rapidly changing society and economies.  There are an increasing number of students who wish to tailor their education to their career interests without being constrained by traditional academic majors.  The Davis College MDS program is distinct from others at WVU and is oriented toward students who want to focus their studies on the academic areas of the College.

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

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Requirements34
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Davis College Minor 115
Davis College Minor 215
1 additional Minor15
Capstone *1
Electives to reach 120 minimum credits **39
Total Hours120
*

The student is required to complete a capstone course under the direction of his or her advisor.

**

The student, along with their faculty advisor from the Davis College, chooses three minors and a program of elective courses, which fits the student’s focus and career objectives.  Students are not limited to courses in a particular area, but will have the opportunity to develop expertise in several areas with a multidisciplinary focus.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
WVUE 191 (1)1GEF 33
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3GEF 53
GEF 2B4GEF 63
GEF 43Minor 1 Course3
Elective3Minor 3 Course3
Elective1 
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3Minor 1 Course3
GEF 73Minor 2 Course3
Minor 1 Course3Minor 3 Course3
Minor 2 Course3Elective3
Minor 3 Course3Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
GEF 83GEF 8 3
Minor 1 Course3Minor 1 Course3
Minor 2 Course3Minor 2 Course3
Minor 3 Coures3Minor 3 Course3
Elective 3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Capstone Course1Elective3
GEF 83Elective3
Minor 2 Course3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective2 
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Goals

multidisciplinary studies

Upon graduation, students will have attained the following knowledge bases and career competency skills:

  • Knowledge of and aptitude with principles, practices, facts, concepts, theories and tools in three minor areas
  • The ability to write and present information
  • The ability to analyze problems from different perspectives, recognize uncertainties, propose options, construct predictions, and make sound decisions using appropriate information resources and analytical tools