Your Online Bachelor’s Degree is Closer Than You Think

Today’s companies and organizations are looking for sharp professionals who are critical thinkers and innovative problem solvers. You can be competitive and advance your career with Marian's Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree. The IDS program will empower you to pursue your passion for learning—and develop the skills needed to advance your career.

Through the bachelor completion program we help you maximize your existing credits and shorten your path to graduation.

Program Features:

  • 100% Online
  • MPath 7-Week Accelerated
  • Transfer up to 90 Credits
  • Earn Credit for Work Outside the Classroom
  • Finish in as Few as 18 Months
  • Full or Part Time Schedule

Earn Your Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies – 100% Online

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    Where Can a Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies Take You?

    Build your skills in interpersonal communication, writing, and analytics to stand out for employers.

    Career paths and job outlook through 2028

    Source: BLS, 4/27/2020

    What Can You do With an IDS Degree?

    The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies’ diverse curriculum enables students to develop and hone qualities that employers seek – effective communication, creative problem solving, and critical thinking. Bachelor completion students at Marian University choose either a humanities or social sciences track. Expand your education not only to meet the demands of an ever-changing job market but also to develop yourself as a lifelong learner who approaches issues from multiple perspectives.

    IDS students are prepared for a wide variety of careers in multiple industries. Graduates of the program have continued on to law school and started or advanced careers in public service, law enforcement, ministry, information technology, healthcare, school administration, and so much more.

    Is the IDS Degree Right for You?

    An academic advisor will work with you to create a custom plan for your goals based on your educational background. You may be surprised how close you are to a bachelor’s degree!

    For Associate Degree Holders

    Those with any associate degree, regardless of subject, who now want to complete their bachelor’s degree can do so with the IDS from Marian University. Maximize your transfer credits and earn the bachelor’s degree that’s been waiting for you.

    For Bachelor’s Degree Completion

    Have you taken courses over the years but never completed a degree? Even if you have credits from several schools and have not finished an associate degree, you can complete your education and reach your goals with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.

    For Job Advancement

    If you want to advance your career, earn a promotion, or be seen as a top leader but don’t have your bachelor’s degree, the IDS degree can help. Graduates earn management roles, qualify for salary increases, and earn the respect of their peers.

    For Undecided Students

    If your goal is a bachelor’s degree but you do not desire a specific major, interdisciplinary studies is a good choice. Earn a versatile degree that will build problem solving skills, increase critical thinking and provide job opportunities in various career settings.

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    MPath Online Program Schedule: 7-Week Accelerated

    The online BS in Interdisciplinary Studies is one of the Marian University MPath undergraduate programs offered in a 7-Week Accelerated format. With 100% online classes and 6 possible starts per year, the 7-Week Accelerated program provides a high-quality online degree with the flexibility that today’s adult learners are seeking. The flexible coursework design and ability to focus on fewer topics at once is custom made for adult students who are ready to take their education and career to the next level.

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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.


    Common Requirements:

    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.

    Mathematical Reasoning 3 cr
    English Composition 3 cr
    Communications 3 cr
    Ethical Reasoning 3 cr

    Areas of Critical Reasoning (15 Credits)

    Theological Study 3 cr
    *Creative Reasoning – includes Art, Literature, Music, Writing 3 cr
    +Humanistic Reasoning – Philosophy, History, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Religious Studies 3cr
    **Social Scientific Reasoning – includes Psychology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, Communications, Anthropology and Archaeology 3 cr
    ++Scientific Reasoning – includes Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Geology, Astronomy 3 cr

    Interdisciplinary Studies Major Core (12 credits)

    An introductory study of the concepts and practices of interdisciplinary inquiry, writing, critical thinking and problem solving between disciplines. This course will examine different disciplines of learning and introduce students to what interdisciplinary study is – how it is related to, yet distinct from the individual disciplines. The course will examine interdisciplinary methods relating to cognitive abilities, values and skills and introduce students to critically approaching real world problems from diverse, interdisciplinary perspectives.

    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.

    30 credits – Social Science OR Humanities Track (minimum of 15 credits must be at 300-400 level)

    SOCIAL SCIENCE TRACK (Courses chosen from Criminal Justice (CJR), History (HIS), Homeland Security (HOS), Psychology (PSY))
    HUMANITES TRACK (Courses chosen 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