Learning across disciplines, inspiring your future.

In today’s competitive job market, companies and organizations are looking for sharp professionals with critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. Marian’s interdisciplinary studies program will empower you to pursue your passion for learning—and develop the skills needed to advance your career.

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The Program

The interdisciplinary studies program provides you the opportunity to build upon the foundation of your associate degree, exposing 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. You’ll explore new ideas and learn to integrate knowledge from different perspectives—and sharpen crucial skills in communication, critical thinking and writing. You’ll be prepared to solve problems and make decisions in creative, innovative ways. Through studying the dynamics between values and culture from multiple perspectives, you’ll graduate prepared to meet the complex challenges of our diverse and interconnected world.

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

Liberal arts core, 33 credits:

A course designed to enhance students’ composition and critical-thinking skills, by providing experiences with a range of writing strategies, with emphasis on expository and argumentative prose. Students develop their awareness of the resources of language and of the stages in the writing process. The course aims to make students competent in standard edited English and to prepare them for the writing they will do in college and in their careers. The course also introduces students to the principles of college research, with emphasis on analytical reading of research material, focused use of sources, and the methodology of citation and documentation. It acquaints students with techniques of interviewing and conducting surveys, as well as with search strategies involving resources in print. The course provides guidance for students as they apply research principles to subjects within their disciplines or areas of interest.

ART Art elective
MUS Music elective
ENG Literature elective
BIO Biological, ecological, or environmental science elective
PHS Physical science, chemistry, meteorology, or physics elective, 3 cr.
MAT Mathematics elective, 3 cr.

A survey of important developments in political, social, economic, and cultural history from 1900 to the present day with special emphasis on the increasing interconnectedness of societies throughout the world and the rise of a more global economy and culture.

HIS 2xx History elective
THE Theology elective
PHI Philosophy elective, 3 cr.

3 credits from the following:

PSY Psychology elective, 3 cr.
SOC Sociology elective, 3 cr.

3 credits from the following:

PHI 2xx Philosophy elective, 3 cr.
THE 2xx Theology elective, 3 cr.

Interdisciplinary studies core, 6 credits:

A multi-disciplinary Arts and Humanities course 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. The general focus cultures course are Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Judeo Christian, Byzantine, European, and African. Students can earn credit in Art, Music, English-language Literature, Theology, and Philosophy by focusing their coursework on the specific discipline.

A multi-disciplinary Arts and Humanities course 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. The general focus cultures of the course are Renaissance/Reformation/Counter-Reformation, Enlightenment, Industrial Age, Modern, Post-Modern/Global. Students can earn credit in Art, Music, English-language Literature, Theology, and Philosophy by focusing their coursework on the specific discipline.

Prerequisites:

Permission

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.

30 credits:
Electives chosen from at least three established program areas within art, history, literature, mathematics, music, natural science, philosophy, psychology, theology, or specified minors of business administration, communication, history, information technology, leadership, management, or marketing (exceptions may be made on an individual basis). A minimum of 18 credits must be earned in courses at the 300 or 400 level.

60-68 credits:

Associate degree from an approved accredited institution

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.

As a student pursuing your bachelor’s degree in the interdisciplinary studies program, you’ll find the relevancy and quality that comes from a faculty comprised of leading experts. We offer you convenient learning centers in Appleton, Fond du Lac and West Allis, as well as evening courses from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Some courses are available online; you can start your program in the fall, spring or summer; and you’ll be able to proceed through the program at your own pace by taking one or more courses per 7-week term.

Tracey Marx, M.A.
Assistant Dean for Adult and Online Studies
920.923.8573
tmarx@marianuniversity.edu

Andrea Wolf, M.A.E.
Assistant Dean for Adult and Online Studies
920.923.8148
anwolf58@marianuniversity.edu

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For more information, please contact:

Adult and Online Studies
920.923.8726
adult_online@marianuniversity.edu