2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022) 
    Oct 07, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022)

BS in Interdisciplinary Studies [Limited Offerings in Fall Quarter 2020 and Winter Quarter 2021]

Return to: School of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Studies  

The BS in Interdisciplinary Studies degree program provides students a comprehensive approach and the tools to understand and respond to complex situations, issues, and problems that might arise within a business, family environment, organization, or community. In this program, students achieve mastery of interdisciplinary methods of solving problems using a project-oriented approach to critical thinking, civic discourse, and socially-constructed knowledge. Graduates of the Interdisciplinary Studies program become the future knowledge creators and innovators needed to see and solve increasingly complex issues in organizations, the public sphere, and society.

Note: This program is currently only available for admission for students who have completed high school or the equivalent in 2019 or 2020. Upon successful completion of the first four courses, students will be eligible to earn a professional certificate in Foundations for Leading Inclusive Social Change.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the BS Interdisciplinary Studies, students will be able to:

  1. Comprehend and translate terminology across multiple program areas and perspectives.
  2. Use symbols, metaphors, and models to communicate your understanding of complex issues.
  3. Demonstrate systemic interdisciplinary reasoning.
  4. Demonstrate inclusive thinking and techniques of integration to move toward interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving and decision-making.
  5. Conduct, analyze, and apply interdisciplinary research.
  6. Understand the importance of solving problems alongside individuals with multiple perspectives.
  7. Evaluate the relevance of contextual factors to understand an issue.

Degree Requirements

  • 180 total quarter credits
  • General education courses (45 cr.)
  • Interdisciplinary core experience courses (40 cr.)
  • Emphasis courses (60 cr.)
  • Elective courses (30 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)


General Education Courses (45 cr.)

Emphasis Courses (60 cr.)

Students must choose two emphases. Each emphasis consists of six required courses from another Walden undergraduate program.

Self-Designed Emphasis (30 cr.)

Must be approved by the program director. Students should contact their student success advisor for assistance with the Self-Designed option.

Electives (30 cr.)

Choose six courses from general education , BS in Interdisciplinary Studies, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 55 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Elective credits should total 30 to meet the program requirements. Students may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet their elective requirements.

Capstone (5 cr.)

Students must complete the following course:

Required Course Sequence

Students take the following general education courses in the following sequence prior to completing their remaining courses.

Quarter Course Credits
1    5 cr.
   5 cr.
   5 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
   5 cr.
   5 cr.