Multidisciplinary Studies Degree Plan
In the MDS program you have unique flexibility in designing your degree to meet your individual life and career goals. You will work closely with a professional academic advisor to develop an academic degree plan. Degree applicable courses are available during the day, in the evening, over the weekend, or online allowing students to earn your degree your way.
Degree Requirements for Multidisciplinary Studies
|Course Number and Title||Credits|
|MDS 305 Introduction to Multidisciplinary Studies||1|
|MDS 315 Integrative Learning||2|
|MDS 375 Perspective Taking||3|
|MDS 385 Asking Questions and Framing Problems||3|
|MDS 492 Proposal for Capstone Project||1|
|MDS 495 Capstone Project||2|
|Select 18 upper-division credits from one or more emphasis areas. Emphasis area(s) must be approved by your advisor||18|
|Upper-division electives to total 40 credits. Upper division internship, workshop, independent study, and seminar credits are limited to a combined total of 9 credits.||10|
|Electives to total 120 credits||43-46|
|ENGL 101 Writing and Rhetoric I||3|
|ENGL 102 Writing and Rhetoric II||3|
|UF 100 Foundations of Intellectual Life||3|
|UF 200 Foundations of Ethics and Diversity||3|
|FC Foundations of Oral Communication||3|
|FM Mathematics course||3-4|
|FN Natural, Physical, & Applied Sciences course with lab||4|
|FN Natural, Physical, & Applied Sciences course||3-4|
|FA Arts course||3|
|FH Humanities course||3|
|FS Social Sciences course in a first field||3|
|FS Social Sciences course in a second field||3|
Required Course Descriptions
- MDS 305 Introduction to the Applied Sciences Explore academic and career goal-setting, the connection of theory to practice, academic culture, academic integrity, the vital nature of an academic support community, and the qualities of a reflective and adaptive learner. PREREQ: Admission to the MDS Program.
- MDS 315 Integrative Learning Explore the theory and practice of integrative learning and the skills and strategies necessary to develop an integrative mindset, to integrate personal histories and experiences with new ideas, and to become a reflective and adaptive learner. PREREQ: BAS 305 or MDS 305.
- MDS 375 Perspective Taking Examine an issue from multiple perspectives and learn to broadly and accurately grasp other viewpoints, to identify the differences between them, to discover the common ground they share, and to evaluate their soundness. COREQ: MDS 315.
- MDS 385 Asking Questions and Framing Problems Question a practical problem holistically to identify its conditions and costs, to discover new connections and relationships, and ultimately, to recognize, understand, and clearly articulate its breadth and complexity. COREQ: MDS 315.
- MDS 492 Proposal for Capstone Project Design and plan a personally and professionally relevant capstone project. COREQ: MDS 375 and MDS 385 and PERM/INST.
- MDS 495 Capstone in the Applied Sciences Finalize and present an approved capstone project and write a culminating self-evaluation. PREREQ: MDS 492 and PERM/INST.