The Multidisciplinary Studies major may be earned as a BS or BA degree depending on the design of the program of study.
Program Director, Dorothy Bergeron
Professor of Medical Laboratory Science
Students with a GPA of at least 2.5 who wish to pursue in depth a particular topic or area of study not available in an established major may choose the Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) major. MDS allows students to ocmbine course work in two or three disciplines to create their own major, in consultation with a faculty advisor and the Director of Multidisciplinary Studies. Considerable latitude is allowed in the design of the program of study, and of course work, studios and laboratories from any of the colleges may be included, as long as one of the Core disciplines is in Arts and Sciences. Examples of topics or themes chosen by MDS majors are:
- Environmental Studies
- Society and Aging
- International Relations/Business
- Consumer Psychology/Marketing
Multidisciplinary studies is intended as an option for students who have some familiarity with college-level study. Thus it is available only to students who have completed at least one semester of college work, and not to entering freshmen. Transfer applicants witha minimum of 15 transferable credits may receive admission, if otherwise qualified, upon the recommendation of the MDS Director, based on a personal interview. The earlier a program of study is designed, the greater the flexibility in scheduling the required courses. As with most other changes of major, requests from seniors can rarely be accommodated. Students may not double-major with MDS.