Interdisciplinary Studies

Degree Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The Eberly College Multidisciplinary Studies program (MDS) offers two degree options, the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree (B.MdS.) and the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.).  Both the Multidisciplinary Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies degree programs are comprised of three related minors.  The program does not limit students to courses of study in a particular college or school, but rather stresses the importance of breadth of knowledge and cross-disciplinary communication.  The MDS and IDS degrees emphasize flexibility and problem solving.  Students will learn to use specialized knowledge from individual disciplines to analyze problems from divergent perspectives.  Students will also apply multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary techniques to communicate the strengths of their self-chosen course of study.

MDS and IDS students choose three minor areas and must demonstrate how these fields of study work together toward his/her educational and/or career goals.  For example, a student may choose the areas of business administration, sport and exercise psychology, and professional writing and editing, with the goal of a career in sports and special events or marketing/coordinating.  MDS and IDS students participate in a capstone during their final semester, incorporating their three disciplines into a senior project, presentation, and paper.

Students who earn a degree in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences must complete the University requirements, the College requirements for their specific degree program, and their major requirements.

Minors

All students have the possibility of earning one or more minors; view a list of all available minors and their requirements here. Please note that students may not earn a minor in their major field.  MDS students may add a fourth minor to complement their three core minors.

Certificate of Global Engagement

Students in the Eberly College, regardless of their major, can earn a Certificate of Global Engagement. Completion of the Certificate demonstrates the student’s knowledge of diverse cultures, as well as the ability to communicate and interact effectively with people of different cultural backgrounds.  Students will be required to apply their knowledge of contemporary issues and global social contexts to their course work and their broader citizenship.  For details regarding Certificate requirements, please visit the Eberly College page.

MDS Graduates

The breadth of study available to Multi- and Interdisciplinary students empowers them to be successful in any field they choose.  MDS and IDS degree holders are flourishing in business, teaching, entrepreneurial endeavors, health professions, and public and health administration.  They are earning advanced degrees in social work, business administration, and law. The flexibility of the IDS and MDS degrees ensure that students are prepared for success in today's rapidly changing workforce.

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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.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete  the WVU General Education Foundations requirements, College B.A. requirements, programmatic requirements, and electives to total a minimum of 120 hours.  For complete details on these requirements, visit the B.A. Degrees tab on the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences page.

  • Capstone Requirement: The university requires the successful completion of a Capstone course. Students in the MDS program must complete MDS 489 with a grade of C- or better during their final year.
     
  • Writing and Communication Skills Requirement:  The Interdisciplinary Studies Program is a SpeakWrite Affiliated Program, committed to fostering and assessing students’ written, verbal, visual, and mediated communication skills. The Interdisciplinary Studies major requires its Bachelor of Arts program graduates to complete ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 (or ENGL 103), and a minimum of four additional SpeakWrite Certified Courses TM as a part of their programs of study.  All Interdisciplinary Studies majors are required to take MDS 199, MDS 289, MDS 389, and MDS 489. These are each SpeakWrite Certified courses.
  • Calculation of the GPA in the Major: Students must obtain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0, with grade of C- or better in all courses counted toward the minors.
  • Course Requirements:  Minor courses may not be used to satisfy the General Education Foundations requirements.  Each minor must consist of at least fifteen unique credits. Students must complete at least sixty credit hours of coursework at the 200 level or above.  Students are required to complete MDS 199, MDS 289, MDS 389, and MDS 489 with a minimum grade of C-.  At the latest, MDS 199 must be completed the semester before taking MDS 489.

Curriculum Requirements

University Requirements37
First Year Seminar
GEF (credit hours may vary based on selected options)
ECAS B.A. Requirements12
Foreign Language
Fine Arts Requirement
Global Studies & Diversity Requirement
Program Requirements
MDS Requirements11
Orientation to MDS
Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Methods
Minor One15
Minor Two15
Minor Three15
Capstone Requirement
Capstone
General Electives15
Number of electives may vary depending on options selected and AP credits
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
WVUE 1911ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
GEF 23GEF 23
GEF 33GEF 53
GEF 43GEF 6 (ECAS Fine Arts Requirement)3
Foreign Language 1013Foreign Language 1023
MDS 1992 
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3GEF 8*3
Foreign Language 2033GEF 8*3
MDS 2893Foreign Language 2043
Minor I-13Minor II-13
General Elective3Minor III-13
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
GEF 8*3Minor I-33
ECAS Global Studies & Diversity Requirement (GEF 7)3Minor II-33
Minor I-23Minor III-23
Minor II-23Minor III-33
MDS 3893General Elective @ 200-level3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Minor I-43MDS 4893
Minor I-53Minor II-53
Minor II-43MinorIII-53
Minor III-43General Elective @ 200-level3
General Elective @ 200-level3General Elective @ 200-level3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120
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Students earning a fourth minor, a second major or a dual degree already fulfill F 8.

Major Learning Goals

Interdisciplinary Studies

  1. Integrate disciplinary perspectives and apply interdisciplinary research methods to contemporary political, social, scientific, and humanitarian questions.
  2. Apply core theories of the three primary component disciplines of their degree to construct informed analyses and frame creative propositions.
  3. Analyze sources from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  4. Use critical thinking skills to formulate and defend positions by developing, supporting and presenting information clearly in written, verbal, visual, and mediated forms.
  5. Communicate clearly in written and oral form the value of an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving as an alternative or supplement to discipline-based academic research.
  6. Successfully apply for graduate school or post baccalaureate degree job placement.

MDS 101. Orientation to RBA. 1 Hour.

For students beginning the Regents Bachelor of Arts degree program. Orientation to curriculum, policies, benefits, and academic merits of the RBA to help students take advantage of its unique features.

MDS 199. Orientation to MDS. 1-2 Hours.

Orientation to degree programs and requirements, departmental resources, curriculum options, student responsibilities and opportunities.

MDS 289. Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies. 3 Hours.

PR: MDS 199. Introduces students to interdisciplinary studies as an academic discipline with its own terminology, research methods, and set of assumptions applicable to addressing complex problems.

MDS 293. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

MDS 330. Regents Portfolio Design. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide and guide adults in assembling and documenting their life and work experiences that they believe equates to college level learning into a successful, defensible master portfolio that can launch course/ department petitions.

MDS 389. Interdisciplinary Research Methods. 3 Hours.

PR: MDS 199. Instructs students to approach research from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will develop skill in applying methodologies and principles from more than one academic discipline to frame perspectives and conduct research. The final research project will address a political, economic, social, scientific, or humanitarian issue with relevance to the student's post-graduate career or academic aspirations using interdisciplinary tools and analysis.

MDS 489. Capstone. 3 Hours.

PR: MDS 199 with a minimum grade of C- and Senior Status. The MDS capstone instructs students on the methods and advantages of a multidisciplinary education. The capstone includes a community-service service learning project.

MDS 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.

MDS 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

MDS 492. Directed Study. 1-3 Hours.

Directed study, reading, and/or research.

MDS 493. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

MDS 494. Seminar. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.

MDS 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

MDS 496. Senior Thesis. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent.

MDS 497. Research. 1-6 Hours.

Independent research projects.

MDS 498. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study or research.