Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

Combine your love for multiple disciplines into one degree with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies

What is an interdisciplinary studies major? The Marian University Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree program is ideal for students with multiple areas of interest who want to avoid being restricted to a single area of study. Our curriculum enables students to develop and hone qualities that employers seek, all the while making them more marketable to the world’s ever-changing workforce.

Companies and professional organizations are recognizing the value of graduates with a breadth of skills and knowledge across different disciplines. Therefore, our BS in Interdisciplinary Studies program allows students to blend the classics with the sciences and the fundamentals and the business world with the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

A Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies is a great option for creative thinkers because it allows them to explore and make connections between a wide variety of ideas, methods, and ways of thinking. It’s so much more than a flexible liberal arts degree – rather, it’s an appeal to adventurous spirits who crave deep learning and transformative experiences.

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What job can I get with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree?

Our BS in Interdisciplinary Studies program is a rich foundation on which to pursue a career or graduate study. Recent graduates have found career success with the following organizations:

  • Aurora Health Care
  • Blue Door Consulting
  • Charter Communication
  • Fox Valley Technical College

What career can I have with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies?

Depending on the courses incorporated into the degree, graduates are prepared to enter:

  • Healthcare fields
  • Environmental studies
  • Journalism
  • Management
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Graduate programs

What will I learn as an Interdisciplinary Studies major?

Earning an Interdisciplinary Studies degree can help you develop and hone the qualities employers seek:


The diverse curriculum of our BS in Interdisciplinary Studies program enables students to develop and hone qualities that employers seek – effective communication, innovative problem solving, and critical thinking. You will have the opportunity to root your major studies in the humanities or social sciences and expand your education to meet the demands of an ever-changing job market, and develop as a lifelong learner who approaches issues from multiple perspectives.

General Education Courses

As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.  Gen eds are required regardless of your major.

All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Argumentative and Research Writing
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
  • First Year Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies majors will take courses covering topics such as:

Core Courses

  • Introduction of interdisciplinary studies
  • Humanities
  • Social sciences

Earning an Interdisciplinary Studies degree allows students to study the concepts and practices of interdisciplinary inquiry, writing, critical thinking, and problem-solving between disciplines. Students will examine different disciplines of learning and be introduced to what interdisciplinary study is, how it is related to, yet distinct, from the individual disciplines. Students explore interdisciplinary methods relating to cognitive abilities, values, and skills and will learn to critically approach real-world problems from diverse, interdisciplinary perspectives.