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The Program

The BS in Interdisciplinary Studies exposes you to new ways of thinking and problem solving. This multifaceted degree allows you to blend not just the classics with the sciences, but the business world with the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Explore new ideas and learn to integrate knowledge from different perspectives while you sharpen crucial skills in communication, critical thinking, and writing.

You’ll learn to solve problems and make decisions in creative, innovative ways. Through studying the dynamics between values and culture from multiple perspectives, students graduate prepared to meet the complex challenges of our diverse and interconnected world.

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Students, a student must earn 120 credits through a combination of transfer credits or credits earned at Marian University.

General Education
All Marian students take (or transfer in) general education courses. Students enroll in both required courses and courses surrounding one of three themes: Transformation, Identity, or Truth & Lies.


Required Courses

An introduction to Christian theology understood as the critical and reflective study of God’s revelation through the person, life, and teaching of Jesus Christ and of the implications of this revelation. Proceeding from the Catholic intellectual tradition and incorporating perspectives of other Christian traditions, this study aims to present theology as a striving for the harmony of faith and reason. Through critical study and reflection, students are introduced to specific concepts, terminology, and methodologies needed to participate well in on-going theological dialogue. Students have the opportunity to apply and reflect on their knowledge in written work, presentations, service-learning, community service, and/or retreat experiences.


Introduction to the philosophical study of morality, including the processes whereby one reasons through choices concerning what we ought to do/ought not to do, what kind of person we are/ought to be, and which institutions help us to cultivate a just life with and for others. Besides providing familiarity with the primary questions addressed within moral philosophy and the most influential answers given by well-known philosophers, this course is designed to help students develop their abilities to read, explicate, analyze, and evaluate philosophical literature, write and express themselves well about their own ethical positions, and think critically and analytically about ethical issues.

This course establishes essential understandings and skills in interpersonal communication. Students learn to appreciate, comprehend, receive and create messages one to one while using a variety of means to express themselves both verbally and non-verbally, increasing self-awareness that enables them to mindfully engage and interact with others.

(Freshman standing only)
The course facilitates students’ transition into the college environment through exploring an issue related to civic responsibility in a multi-cultural world from a variety of academic disciplines. Students are
introduced to the liberal arts, critical thinking, critical reading and academic research skills. Students learn how to identify their own learning needs and develop plans to meet those needs using campus resources.

Math (Various)

Interdisciplinary Studies Major Core (12 Credits)

A multi-disciplinary humanities survey that focuses on the interaction of art, literature, and music with philosophical and theological perspectives and subsequent cultural developments. The course emphasizes various relationships of tradition and innovation among global cultures, encouraging students to simultaneously identify with and critically evaluate various cultures. Above all, students are encouraged to identify, analyze, and synthesize the diverse aesthetic, intellectual, and spiritual insights of human history, and how those insights have impacted human lives, including those in the contemporary world. Students can earn credit in art, music, English-language literature, theology, and philosophy by focusing their coursework on the specific discipline.

A multi-disciplinary social science survey which introduces the social science disciplines and the study of human society. This course provides an overview of areas of study, major theories and research methods of the social sciences to answer questions about individuals, society, and the exercise of power by each. The course will introduce tools which unlock a better understanding of the cultural and social world we inhabit.



A capstone course that provides for reflective analysis on the integration of learning into professional and personal life. Topics may include social trends, values, ethics and lifelong learning as these elements relate to a diversity of career fields. Personal spirituality and lifestyle issues will also be discussed. A substantial project demonstrating excellence in the integration of knowledge, such as a research paper, portfolio or learning project, will be required.

Social Science OR Humanities Track (30 Credits)

Social Science: Student selects courses from Criminal Justice (CJR), History (HIS), Homeland Security (HOS), and Psychology (PSY)
Humanities: Student selects courses from Art (ART), Communication (COM), English (ENG), Music (MUS), Philosophy (PHI), and Theology (THE)

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • demonstrate the ability to engage in perspective-taking
  • develop structural knowledge pertaining to the course problem or theme
  • integrate knowledge and modes of thinking drawn from two or more disciplines
  • produce an interdisciplinary understanding of a complex problem or intellectual question


Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Tracey Marx, M.A.
Director, Adult and Online Studies


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Adult and Online Studies

In this final course, students will complete two primary projects:

1. Reflection paper: Students look back critically on their degree paths and consider how the Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum has affected them — intellectually and spiritually, personally and professionally. The class will also complete several exercises, both in groups and individually, looking at scenarios from different perspectives. Format is at student discretion.

  • Traditional essay
  • Something more personal like a journal or diary format
  • Reflection paper that incorporates drawing
  • Reflection paper as narrated comic book
  • Other possible formats as per student interest

2. Group presentation: Students will apply problem solving skills to address the thorniest of global issues. Students break into small groups and ultimately present to the class their solution to the global issue that interests them. Students select their own topic. Project examples from previous students include:

  • “The Influence of History, Literature, Science and Technology on Gender Equality”
  • “Domestic Abuse and Victim Empowerment”
  • “Adolescent Mental Health Epidemic: Concerns and Resolutions”
  • “Opioid Crisis and How it Affects First Responders”
  • “Universal Health Care Ethics: How can Ethics and Health Care Reform Work in Harmony”