Interdisciplinary Studies (BA)

The ASU interdisciplinary studies degree, one of the top five in the country, offers students the freedom to select two areas of study, referred to as concentration areas, from a rich menu of more than 140 possibilities (concentration check sheets may be seen at The core curriculum provides students the intellectual tools to integrate their concentration areas, engage in transdisciplinary problem-solving and prepare for careers and graduate programs that increasingly cross disciplinary boundaries.

An interdisciplinary studies student could choose to integrate concentrations like music and business, psychology and social welfare, communication and justice studies, public administration and ethics, digital culture and computer gaming, or many other unique combinations.

Interdisciplinary studies is an approach to answering questions, solving problems and addressing contemporary social issues from multiple perspectives. Interdisciplinary studies students take an active role in designing their educational plans and defining their career goals. The degree emphasizes written communication, versatility, self-assessment and critical thinking --- essential skills for today's dynamic world.

Those interested in the online program for interdisciplinary studies may visit the ASU Online website for more information.

Degree offered

Interdisciplinary Studies (BA)
Integrative Sciences and Arts, College of

Downtown, Polytechnic, Tempe, Online

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Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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WUE eligible program
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Financial Aid
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Career outlook

Because of the flexibility of the interdisciplinary studies program, graduates take many exciting career paths after leaving ASU. While some students complete graduate or professional degrees, others immediately enter the job market. For example, one graduate combined business and communication and now owns a small business; another integrated sociology and family studies to further a career in law enforcement; another studied philosophy and economics to prepare for law school; another combined biology and chemistry in preparation to pursue a master of pharmacy degree; yet another studied Spanish and religious studies and now works as an employee trainer for a major company.

Possible career opportunities include:

  • archivist
  • chief executive
  • climate change analyst
  • compliance manager
  • computer network support specialist
  • curator
  • editor
  • environmental restoration planner
  • general and operations manager
  • regulatory affairs manager
  • reporters and correspondent
  • Web developer
  • wholesale and retail buyer (except farm products)

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