Interdisciplinary Studies (AA, BA)

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There’s no one else like you. Build a degree plan as unique as you are.

Why Study Interdisciplinary Studies?

Get ready to customize! University degree programs don’t always fit your exact career goals. That’s the idea behind the interdisciplinary studies major, where YOU design your own academic journey.

The freedom and flexibility of a interdisciplinary studies program allows you to build skills and knowledge specific to your future plans, as well as prepare you for graduate school.

Why Choose USF?

No matter how you customize your curriculum, your University of Saint Francis academic experience will be rooted in our liberal arts and Franciscan values of faith and reason. You will be prepared to enter your profession of choice as a well-rounded, principled, ethical leader.

The Interdisciplinary Studies program, available as an associate or bachelor’s program, starts with core classes that will develop your professional writing and communication skills, important for any career path. It will culminate with a senior capstone project that demonstrates your knowledge of your chosen areas of study.

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Career Outlook & Success


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of the Class of 2020 was employed or continuing their education within six months

Explore Your Passions: Concentration Areas

With your ambition and our vast course catalog, the opportunities are nearly endless:

A budding wildlife photographer or nature writer could fill their schedule with studio art/photography, creative writing, biology and environmental science classes.

Someone with a dream of launching an ecommerce store can combine entrepreneurship, digital media, web design and management courses.

An aspiring non-profit leader could build a solid foundation with coursework in interpersonal relations, communication, business and ministry.

Designed for maximum personalization, this interdisciplinary studies program includes concentrations and can incorporate minors; business and health studies are two common options.

Strong Academic Support & Guidance

One of the best aspects of USF’s interdisciplinary studies program is that you will get to learn from and be inspired by highly qualified, caring and knowledgeable professors from across the university.

You will also have a personal academic advisor who will:

  • Help you develop your specific academic plan and help you put it into action
  • Advise you on additional course and career options that match your goals
  • Connect you with real-world learning opportunities on campus and beyond
  • Assist you with graduate school or professional recommendations

Real-World Learning Opportunities

USF is known for its hands-on approach to education; your individual experiences will vary based on the classes and concentrations you choose, but experiential and co-curricular options could include:

  • Project-based learning working with real-world business or nonprofit partners
  • Writing, designing or producing for a campus publication or production
  • Travel studies or mission trips around the U.S. and abroad
  • Service-learning and volunteer work
  • Internships and practicum experiences
  • Independent, faculty-mentored research

Campus & Community

With dozens of clubs, an active athletics scene and a thriving culture of community service, there are many ways to meet people and get involved on campus. Just a few examples:

  • Student Activities Council
  • USF Marching Pride
  • Campus Ministry/Peer Ministry
  • Intramural Sports
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Where You’ll Find Our Graduates

Interdisciplinary Studies majors work in social services, sales, retail management, graphic design, government, healthcare, higher education and many other fields — they also launch companies or take on more responsibility within the family business.

Graduates of this flexible university program also use their bachelor’s degree as a stepping stone to graduate school and have been accepted into master’s programs at schools such as:

  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Indiana University South Bend
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • National University of Health Sciences
  • University of Saint Francis

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Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester. Get an idea on what each semester could look like.

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