Multidisciplinary Studies Associate of Arts

The multidisciplinary studies program provides students with a foundation of general education studies.

What will I learn in the associate degree in multidisciplinary studies online program?

In addition to the core general education requirements, students are able to select from a wide variety of elective courses. This opportunity to customize your education is what makes a degree in multidisciplinary studies so applicable to your future career.

Why should I choose an associate degree in multidisciplinary studies?

Choosing a specific career pathway can be daunting for prospective students who are not committed to a specific industry or who are looking to gain a variety of perspectives. This is the benefit of pursuing a multidisciplinary studies degree. There are minimal base requirements in the core curriculum, allowing students to add numerous electives in a variety of subjects and disciplines.

In some cases, a college or university may not offer a specific discipline that a student is interested in. The multidisciplinary studies program allows students to take discipline-specific courses and electives within a broader degree program. The multidisciplinary studies degree is also suited for students looking to transfer from one discipline to another. There may be requirements in the new program that the student will need to fulfill, which means additional coursework. Instead of taking more courses and extending their time in school, the student can likely transfer the credit they’ve already earned to a multidisciplinary studies program. They can then choose courses related to their newly chosen discipline to finish out their degree program.

Lastly, students may simply want to have more control over the selection of their courses. The multidisciplinary studies degree offers the flexibility needed to do so.

What can I do with an associate degree in multidisciplinary studies?

Students have the opportunity to pursue multiple concentrations that make themselves more valuable in the job market. For example, a student can take courses in accounting in order to gain traditional bookkeeping skills. They may opt to also take business administration courses to become familiar with managerial duties and data analytics, making them a more well-rounded business professional.

Typically, students will choose two or three disciplines to focus on when pursuing a multidisciplinary studies associate degree. In just two quick years, many students will have enough education to apply for entry-level positions in the disciplines they studied while earning their degree. Others may choose continue their education and pursue a bachelor’s degree. Students have the option to then pursue a specific area of study or continue on the multidisciplinary studies track.

Why is an online program beneficial for students?

Online graduate degrees have historically been an attractive option to busy, established professionals looking advance their education and career. However, because of their convenience and low cost, online undergraduate degrees are becoming increasingly popular. Grantham University is a fully accredited, 100% online institution, meaning every Grantham course is offered in a virtual format. Meanwhile, traditional universities may have limitations on the availability of distance learning courses.

Students attending an online university can communicate with their peers and faculty members through the institution's learning management system. They have around-the-clock access to course materials and resources, including lectures and assistance. And, online courses allow students the flexibility to work on their assignments at any time, from wherever’s convenient. At Grantham, courses are just eight weeks long and begin monthly.

Grantham utilizes Blackboard Learn, an easy-to-use learning management system, where all academic activity is completed. There are no requirements for attendance.

Difference between associate and bachelor's degrees in multidisciplinary studies

An associate degree is a lesser time commitment than a bachelor’s degree. Associate degrees are often offered at community colleges and various online institutions, giving prospective students more options to choose from. At Grantham, associate degrees require a total of 60 credit hours and are often designed to prepare students for a bachelor’s program. In contrast, a bachelor's degree program requires 120 credit hours and includes more advanced, discipline-specific courses.

There are some limitations when it comes to the associate program. An associate-level education may be enough for some entry-level positions, but may not be adequate for others. The associate degree can easily be transferred to a bachelor’s degree (some colleges have connections with other educational institutions to make the transfer process simple). Grantham University offers both levels of undergraduate programs.

What is the difference between interdisciplinary studies and multidisciplinary studies?

In a multidisciplinary studies degree program, students can fully customize their course load to get exposure to multiple subjects and fields. The multidisciplinary studies major is typically reserved for undergraduate students, while graduate students generally enroll in interdisciplinary studies programs, which connect two or more disciplines.

What careers can I pursue with an associate degree in Multidisciplinary Studies?

With a multidisciplinary studies degree, career opportunities are endless. The core professional skills you’ll gain are universally applicable, which means you could work almost anywhere. Multidisciplinary studies graduates go on to pursue careers in criminal justice, marketing, nonprofits and many other fields.

How long is this online Multidisciplinary Studies associate degree program?

At 60 credit hours, your multidisciplinary studies degree program is designed to be completed in 24 months. It could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take every term.

What is included in the curriculum?

There are humanities and finance courses that students must take in the core curriculum: Strategies for Decision Making and Personal Finance. The rest of the curriculum consists of 30 general education credits and 24 elective credits based on the requirements needed for the student's chosen career path. General education subjects may include English composition, social and behavioral science, and computer science components.

How much will the associate degree in Multidisciplinary Studies online program cost?

The undergraduate rate is $295 per credit hour – lower if you’re a member of the military, a veteran or part of a military family. Grantham also offers scholarships for those who qualify. This program is not approved for Federal Student Aid (Title IV) educational benefits.

When can I start?

Courses begin monthly, so we’re ready when you are.

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about our accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities or enrollment process.

Multidisciplinary Studies Associate of Arts

Multidisciplinary Studies Degree Program Outcomes

After successfully completing your multidisciplinary studies program, you will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate, analyze and synthesize knowledge from at least two disciplines
  • Present ideas in written and visual form across a variety of contexts
  • Use electronic, print and/or media information sources
  • Employ critical thinking skills to effectively solve problems

Core Professional Competencies

Grantham University prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these six critical life skills into the curriculum:

  • Communication – Formulating and expressing thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and non-verbal communication skills in person, in writing and in a digital world.
  • Distributed Collaboration – Working effectively across distributed locations and asynchronously to achieve a common goal through relationship-building, shared responsibility, empathy and respect.
  • Professional and Social Responsibilities – Engaging in social responsibility through seeking justice, valuing diversity, respecting the environment; demonstrating professionalism through integrity, mutual accountability and ethical behavior. This includes considering the social and global impact of individual and organizational decisions and an awareness of and adherence to regulations, professional standards and industry best practices.
  • Critical thinking/problem solving – Using analytical reasoning when gathering and evaluating relevant information to effectively formulate possible solutions for an issue, problem or a variety of issues. This includes the ability to recognize potential consequences of a decision.
  • Career Management – Identifying knowledge, skills, abilities and personal strengths and experiences necessary to pursue career goals. Recognizing areas for professional growth, how to navigate and explore job options and to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.
  • Data Aptitude - Developing information literacy and the capacity to manage data with subsequent finding, structuring, evaluating and interpreting in order to provide meaningful analysis to accomplish a specific purpose.

Multidisciplinary Studies Associate of Arts

An Associate of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies from Grantham can prepare you for a number of professional opportunities in private business or in the public sector.

Multidisciplinary Studies Associate of Arts

Grantham University’s 100% online coursework is designed to help you prepare for success in your next career.

PROGRAM SNAPSHOT:
Program Core Credits: 6
General Education Core Credits: 30
Electives Credits: 24
Total Credit Hours: 60
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 6
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: HU260 Title: Strategies for Decision Making Credits: 3
  This course examines critical thinking and the analysis of arguments in terms of premises, reasons, and conclusions. Course topics include obstacles to critical thinking, diagramming arguments, belief and doubt, logical fallacies, inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning, inferences, and judging scientific theories.
Course: FIN210 Title: Personal Finance Credits: 3
  This introductory course provides the student with a basic understanding of personal financial planning. The course is designed to help students understand how to plan for a successful financial future for themselves and their families. The course offers a comprehensive treatment of financial planning to help students understand the complexities of today’s financial world and evaluate their financial options through a formal decision-making approach.
General Education: 30
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: English Composition Credits: 6
Course: Math Credits: 6
Course: Natural/Physical Science Credits: 3
Course: Computer Science Credits: 3
Course: Oral Communication Credits: 3
Course: Humanities and Fine Arts Credits: 3
Course: Social/Behavioral Science Credits: 3
Course: General Education Credits: 3