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.
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.
- 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.)