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Multidisciplinary Studies

Associate of Science Degree

Gain resume-boosting skills like strong problem-solving, decision-making, and communication. In addition, you also build expertise in critical career areas like technology, management, and leadership. Offered 100% online, this degree transitions seamlessly to your bachelor's degree.

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Courses in the major include:

The course includes an intensive review of the fundamentals of English composition and focuses on the writing of paragraphs and short essays. This preparatory course is designed for those students whose skills in English usage and writing require strengthening. EN 100 is considered a preparatory course and may not be taken as an elective if EN 101 has been successfully passed, without Department consent.
Introduction to Algebra is designed to prepare students to be successful in MA 101 (Intermediate Algebra). Topics include whole numbers, integers, fractions and mixed numbers, decimals, ratios and proportions, percents, algebraic expressions, linear equations and the rectangular coordinate system. Students also learn to graph one- and two-variable equations. The real-life application of each topic will be emphasized through the course.
This course provides a welcome to college learning, introduces information about academic support services, and focuses on the skills necessary for student development and success. Topics such as time management, learning styles, study skills, and writing techniques are taught and practiced through interactive modules and activities for academic and real-life application.

Integrative General Education Requirements (27 credit hours total):

  • EN 101 - Composition I
    - OR -
    EN 111 - Composition and the Pursuit of Happiness
  • EN 102 - Composition II
    - OR -
    EN 112 - Writing the Future Today
  • CA 109 - Oral Communication Skills
    - OR -
    CA 103 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication, transfer credit
  • MA 101 - Intermediate Algebra
    - OR -
    MA 135 - Math In Everyday Life
    - OR -
    Any 100 or 200 level Mathematics course (excludes MA 100 and MA 140 - Business Math)
  • Technology - Select one 100 or 200 level course in Computer Science or Interdisciplinary Computing.
  • Human Behavior (3 credit hours)
    The application of the scientific method to the study of society and of human behavior and mental processes. Choose one course at the 100 or 200 level from the following areas:
    • Anthropology
    • Economics
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • EDUC 240 Educational Psychology/Human Growth and Development
  • Human Civilization (3 credit hours)
    The study of the changes in and varieties of culture - a society's practices, beliefs, and values - from prehistoric to contemporary times. Choose one course at the 100 or 200 level from the following areas:
    • Culture
    • History
    • Human Geography (except for GE 105 or GE 205)
    • International Studies
    • Women's Studies
  • Human Thought & Expression (3 credit hours)
    The use of reason to speculate on the nature of reality and the study of the means by which human beings communicate their understanding of their times and use symbol systems to create meaning and share it across time. Choose one course at the 100 or 200 level from the following areas:
    • American Sign Language
    • Art
    • Art History
    • Communication (any CA course CA 202 or higher)
    • Dramatic Arts
    • English (any courses between EN 186 and 290, excludes EN 101, EN 102, EN 111, EN 112)
    • Foreign Languages
    • Graphic Design (GD 116, GD 210, or GD 211 only)
    • Humanities
    • Literature
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Religion
  • Natural Science (3 credit hours)
    The application of the scientific inquiry to the study of physical processes. Choose one course at the 100 or 200 level from the following areas:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Geology
    • Geography (courses in Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, or Meteorology)
    • Natural Science
    • Physics

Major Courses (24 credit hours)

Students majoring in Multidisciplinary Studies will select at least two courses from each of the following categories: Analytical/Quantitative Skills, Problem-Solving Skills, Technology Skills, and Communication, Collaboration, and Leadership.

Quantitative, Problem-Solving, and Technology Skills (6 credit hours, select two):
  • BSIT 200 - Computer Hardware and Software Management
  • CIS 103 - Digital Media Storytelling
  • CIS 111 - Computer Fundamentals
  • CIS 115 - Information Privacy and Security
  • CIS 121 - Microsoft Office 365™
  • CIS 212 - Communicating in a Digital World
  • CIS 245 - Introduction to Programming
  • CYBR 250 - Introduction to Cyber Threats, Technologies and Security
  • DSC 101 - Introduction to Data Science
  • ECN 201 - Macroeconomics
  • ECN 202 - Microeconomics
  • GD 116 - Problem-solving and Idea Generation
  • GD 210 - Design Basics
  • GD 211 - Design Basics II
  • MA 215 - Applied Statistics
  • SYS 101 - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • SYS 215 - Design Thinking
Communication, Collaboration, and Leadership (6 credit hours, select two):
  • AC 205 - Financial Accounting
  • BA 110 - Personal Finance
  • BA 230 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • BA 232 - Principles of Management
  • BA 252 - Principles of Marketing
  • CA 105 - Introduction to Business and Professional Communication
  • CA 110 - Working with Emotional Intelligence Communication
  • CA 209 - Diversity, Inclusion, and Communication
  • CIS 133 - Introduction to Project Management
  • FMLD 150 - Business Management
  • FMLD 175 - Business Leadership
  • PBLR 150 - Business Management
  • PBLR 175 - Business Leadership
  • PH 106 - Ethics
  • PY 101 - Introduction to Psychology
  • SO 101 - Introduction to Sociology
Additional Requirements (12 credit hours):
Twelve additional credit hours are required to complete the major. Select four additional courses from the Major Courses or MA 135 or NS 110 (Course selections must be beyond those already taken to fulfill other major requirements). Talk to your Student Coach to see how transfer credit hours, approved workforce training, or a combination of these might help meet this requirement.

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