2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (March 2012) 
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2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (March 2012) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies

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The B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies degree program provides adult students, well-versed in life experience, an approach and the tools to understand and respond to complex situations, issues, and problems that might arise within a workplace, family environment, or community. In the program, students achieve mastery of the interdisciplinary methods through application in Interdisciplinary Studies courses focusing on the phenomena of urban communities, population movements, identity, and other topics. Students in the Interdisciplinary Studies program become the future knowledge creators and innovators needed to see and solve increasingly complex societal issues.


Additionally, the B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies program provides adult students with an opportunity to create flexible career options through the use of “emphases” that are drawn from other degree programs in the university to obtain an understanding and the skills needed in professions of interest. Students are required to choose two emphases in their Interdisciplinary Studies program. Each emphasis must consist of six courses from another Walden undergraduate program.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will be able to:

1. Comprehend and translate terminology across multiple program areas and perspectives.
2. Use symbols, metaphors, and models to communicate their 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

  • 181 total quarter credit hours (including 45 cr. completed at Walden)
  • General education  courses (45 cr.)
  • First course (1 cr.)
  • Interdisciplinary core experience courses (30 cr.)
  • Special topics: seminar or field experience (minimum of 5 cr.)
  • Capstone courses (10 cr.)
  • Elective courses (30 cr.)
  • Emphasis courses (60 cr.)



General Education Courses (45 cr.)

See the general education  section of this Walden University Catalog.

Note: A minimum of 55 quarter credits must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level in order to meet program requirements. In some cases, this means that students will need to select 3000 0r 4000 level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their academic advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.

Special Topics: Seminar or Field Experience (Minimum 5 cr.)

Students must complete at least one of the following options: 

Capstone Courses (10 cr.)

Students must complete the following two courses:

Elective Courses (30 cr.)

Students are to select six additional courses to fulfill the elective requirement in the Interdisciplinary Studies program. Students may choose courses from among Interdisciplinary Studies seminars, general education courses, or other program courses that are aligned with the student’s interests and objectives. At least two elective courses, or 10 credits, must be at the 3000 level or above.

Emphasis Courses (60 cr.)

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

Program Data

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