Interdisciplinary Studies - Bachelor's Degree | Hodges University
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Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

Program Delivery: On Campus and Online
This program is offered on campus or entirely online.

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies program at Hodges University can be defined as a field of study that crosses traditional boundaries and draws upon two or more disciplines that lead to an integration of single disciplinary insights. The core courses of the program focus on concepts that cross several disciplines, and these concepts can also be translated into skills desired in the workplace. 

These concepts include critical thinking, effective communication, social responsibility, ethical responsibility, an understanding of diversity in a global environment, the ability to research issues in an academic setting or a work setting, and the ability to understand strategic planning and leadership styles. These concepts are critical to understanding complex contemporary problems. 

Is an Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Right for Me?

A degree in interdisciplinary studies can be the entry-level degree for a wide range of occupations since it is not focused on any particular career field. There are many jobs that require a bachelor's degree but not in a specific discipline. An interdisciplinary studies degree can be used to pursue a variety of career goals such as managerial careers, government positions, social work professions, and careers in the field of technology.

Interdisciplinary studies is also a good choice for students who are not sure of their career goals. Students can begin their collegiate experience with a degree in interdisciplinary studies, and then continue to obtain a career-specific graduate degree or professional certifications.

Hodges University’s Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies program supports the university’s philosophy of being an open, creative and community-conscious institution of higher learning. Interdisciplinary studies graduates are prepared to adapt to change, fulfill social responsibilities, understand the global perspective, adhere to standards of excellence and appreciate life-long learning.

What is the Interdisciplinary Studies Career Outlook?

Because an interdisciplinary studies degree is not industry specific, it can be applied to almost any career field.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers with a bachelor’s degree earn an average of $57,252 per year and had an unemployment rate of 3.5 percent in 2014. 

Source: http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

What Can I Do with This Degree?

The degree in interdisciplinary studies allows success in careers in a many diversified occupations. Depending on personal interest, this degree program will be a good foundation for a career in education, many business areas, civil service and also as a prerequisite to law school.

 

Education

The certification process for teaching is organized in four categories: A graduate of interdisciplinary studies would be considered a college graduate from a non-education program. Once you have made the decision to teach, you will need to decide the subject in which you would like to teach and begin the process by applying for a Florida Temporary Certificate in that subject. Florida Law requires that teachers demonstrate mastery of basic skills, professional knowledge and content area of specialization. Job seekers must complete the Florida Certification Examination and other requirements of the Florida Department of Education. Entry-level positions in this field include positions of substitute teacher and teacher assistant. For more information, visit the Florida Department of Education website  http://www.fldoe.org or your local school district website.

 

Professional

Regardless of the industry in which you choose to pursue a career, all industries need professionals. The interdisciplinary studies degree is the right degree to help you develop as a professional and prepare for advancement. The interdisciplinary studies degree will help you build and refine your skills through core courses like leadership, communications, ethics and diversity. These courses will strengthen your skill set and prepare you for advancement.  The degree embraces a broad scope of electives allowing you to choose the area of interest you want to concentrate on.

 

Human Resources

Employers often look for graduates with a technical or business background, or a well-rounded liberal arts education when seeking to hire into their human resources departments. An interdisciplinary studies background is a great fit for this field since it combines the course work of social sciences, business and behavior sciences.

 

Social/Human Services

Employers increasingly seek individuals with relevant work experience or education beyond high school in this field. In general, advancement requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree. General education courses in liberal arts, sciences and humanities are a part of the expected curriculum for a person entering this profession. An interdisciplinary studies degree offers this core and additional professionalism course work to help you to excel in this field.

 

Civil Service

Civil service encompasses employment in federal, state and local governmental agencies. Each of these governmental units is independent and engages in different hiring practices. The education level and experience needed by workers in a state and local government varies by occupation. Civil service occupations requiring a college degree include management, business, and financial jobs; professional and related occupations; service occupations, as well as office and administrative jobs.

 

Law School

Formal education requirements for a lawyer include a four-year degree, three years in law school and the passing of a written bar exam. Competition for admission to most law schools is very intense. To qualify for the bar exam in most states, an applicant must earn a college degree and graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) or the proper state authorities. Law schools do not recommend any specific major prior to enrollment; however, prospective lawyers should develop proficiency in written and oral communication, reading, research, analyzing and critical thinking to succeed in law school and in the profession. Regardless of the selected major, a multidisciplinary background is recommended.

What Will I Learn?

The courses offered in the interdisciplinary studies program are grouped in such a fashion that the professors are able to apply their knowledge and professional experience to make the interconnections so that the focus is not on the separate disciplines but on the integration of the concepts and how they are used to solve complex real world problems.

You may enter the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies program during any semester.  A full-time student, 12 semester hour credits per term or typically three courses per term, can complete this program in approximately three years.



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How is Hodges University’s Interdisciplinary Studies Program Different?

Program Philosophy

The philosophy of the interdisciplinary studies program is to provide students with a broad interdisciplinary approach to knowledge. By researching and integrating various concepts, students are taught how to think expansively and learn how to apply that knowledge to analyze complex social, business and global issues. Effective communication and leadership skills are emphasized in the program as it focuses on a holistic approach to education that prepares students to become career professionals in their chosen field. 

Our Faculty

Our interdisciplinary studies faculty are highly experienced and qualified in a variety of career fields. Their real-world knowledge and experiences are invaluable resources for our students. At Hodges University, we believe students are more than just numbers to fill a class.  Our faculty members and staff recognize each student as an individual and are happy to provide the personal attention you need to succeed. 

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You can obtain your degree on campus or completely online. Choose the method that is more convenient for you.

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We look forward to welcoming you to the Hodges family!

Your Faculty Members

Craig Heller
Adjunct Faculty
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Gail Sabo
Program Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies
gsabo@hodges.edu
Peter Van Leeuwen
Director of Online Learning
pvanleeuwen@hodges.edu
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