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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 TitleCredits
MDS 305 Introduction to Multidisciplinary Studies1
MDS 315 Integrative Learning2
MDS 375 Perspective Taking
MDS 385 Asking Questions and Framing Problems3
MDS 492 Proposal for Capstone Project1
MDS 495 Capstone Project2
Select 18 upper-division credits from one or more emphasis areas. Emphasis area(s) must be approved by your advisor18
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 credits43-46
ENGL 101 Writing and Rhetoric I3
ENGL 102 Writing and Rhetoric II3
UF 100 Foundations of Intellectual Life3
UF 200 Foundations of Ethics and Diversity3
FC Foundations of Oral Communication3
FM Mathematics course3-4
FN Natural, Physical, & Applied Sciences course with lab4
FN Natural, Physical, & Applied Sciences course3-4
FA Arts course3
FH Humanities course3
FS Social Sciences course in a first field3
FS Social Sciences course in a second field3

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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.