An MDS degree can be either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science and is a university-wide degree administered by the College of Arts & Sciences. The major offers students the option of designing a degree program that meets their own unique needs and interests.
The Multidisciplinary Studies program enables students to craft a degree with special emphasis in customized disciplines. Major requirements are determined for each student individually in consultation with an academic counselor and with approval by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The courses that form the major area of concentration must be constructed around a coherent theme that meets the student's professional and personal goals.
As a result of the wide variety of program plans for MDS students, the career options are flexible and diverse. Some plans from former graduates include: Artistic Expression, Culture & Society, Enterprise & Social Issues, Entomology, Ethnobotany, Genealogy, Health Studies, Issues in Public Policy, Medical Sciences, Public Health & Society, and Science & Society.
- Critical analysis of complex events, situations, and ideas
- Logical reasoning
- Analysis of cause and effect
- Critical understanding and creative thinking
- Understanding the perspectives of diverse cultures
- Problem solving and decision making
- Planning research projects
- Writing reports and presenting conclusions
- Clear and persuasive oral communication