Multidisciplinary Studies

Degree Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts

As the world has become more complex, our communications industries have evolved with it, and future professionals must have both specific skills and broad-based backgrounds to adapt quickly to this changing environment. The College of Media Multidisciplinary Studies Bachelor of Arts program draws upon undergraduate course offerings university-wide and is comprised of three complementary minors. Many College of Media minors are designed to be completed online, therefore many of the courses are only available online and sometimes must be taken during summer terms.  

The Multidisciplinary Studies program will develop students who will:

  • acquire a broad liberal arts education
  • have studied three areas of interest in depth
  • understand the interrelationships among different disciplines
  • be capable of critical thought
  • be able to understand complex issues
  • be able to analyze problems from multiple perspectives
  • be prepared to engage in life-long learning

To declare a Multidisciplinary Studies major, students must have at least 29 earned college hours and a minimum of 2.0 overall GPA. 

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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

JRL 191First-Year Seminar3
JRL 485Reed College Multidisciplinary Capstone (fulfills Writing and Communication Skills requirement)3
General Education Requirements*
Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher required.
GEF 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 831
Reed College of Media Minor **15
Reed College of Media Minor **15
Third Minor15
A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all minor courses.
Electives (as needed to reach at least 120 credit hours) *38
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
GEF 2A4ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
GEF 33GEF 63
GEF 53GEF 73
 15 15
Second Year
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3GEF2/Elective3
JRL 101 Media and Society (fulfills GEF 4 and counts toward College of Media Minor I-1)3GEF 83
JRL 191 (fulfills WVUE 191 requirement)3Minor I-23
GEF 83Minor II-13
Elective3Minor III-13
 15 15
Third Year
GEF 83Minor I-43
Minor I-33Minor II-33
Minor II-23Minor III-33
Minor III-23Electives6
 15 15
Fourth Year
Minor II-43Minor II-53
JRL 4853Minor I- 53
Minor III-43Minor III-53
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120

Note: Some minors may require online course enrollment during Summer terms to complete. Students should check with their advisor about individual minor requirements and expected course availabilities.

This suggested plan of study assumes three minors requiring 15 unique hours each. Minors that require more than 15 hours can be completed by substituting the extra minor hours in place of elective hours.

Minor courses may not be used to fulfill both a minor requirement and a General Education Foundation requirement, except JRL 101. Minors used as part of the MDS requirements may not be used to complete GEF 8.  For MDS majors, GEF 8 may be satisfied by completion of a fourth minor, double major, or dual degree.

Minor courses may not be used to fulfill the requirements for more than one minor.  All Reed College minors and shared college minors must be completed with their own unique hours. 

In the event of course overlap between minors, the Reed College of Media’s Writing and Communications Skills Requirement, JRL 215, may be substituted in place of the overlapped course within one of the minors.  When used to fulfill both requirements, the number of credit hours associated with the course will calculate into total earned credit hours only once.

In the event of additional course overlap among minors, JRL 225 (Media Tools & Applications) and/or JRL 428 (Media Ethics and Law) may be used as replacement courses.  Other minor course overlaps may be replaced with Reed College of Media’s coursework at the 200-level or higher, at the approval and discretion of the College.

If completed prior to admission into the program, ADV 215, PR 215, and/or STCM 215 may be substituted as equivalent 215 coursework within Reed College minors or shared college minors, at the discretion of the College.

Of total earned credit hours, a minimum of 30 credit hours must be at the 200-level or higher, and an additional minimum of 30 credit hours must be at the 300-level or higher.

A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all major- and minor-required courses.

Students have the option to use elective hours to pursue a fourth minor to complement their studies.


Major Learning Outcomes

multidisciplinary studies

Upon completion of the B.A. in MDS, students will:

  • understand the interrelationships among different disciplines and possess a knowledge of and aptitude with principles, practices, facts, concepts, theories and tools in three minor areas of concentration
  • understand and apply the U.S. principles and laws of freedom of speech and press
  • understand the range of systems of freedom of expression around the world, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances
  • demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications
  • demonstrate an understanding of gender, race ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications
  • demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society
  • understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information
  • demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity
  • think critically, creatively and independently
  • conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work
  • write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve
  • critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness
  • apply basic numerical and statistical concepts
  • apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work