Multidisciplinary Studies (Bachelor of Science)

The Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies degree program provides students the opportunity to explore two disciplines in one degree program. This program is ideal for students who have a large number of transfer credits or credit for prior learning.


We all know the benefits and importance of earning a college degree, but not all students choose to focus on a specific area of study, and instead prefer a more general approach to their education. For some people, it takes completing courses in several subjects to determine what they like and what they don’t. Others look for a broad degree program that can be applied to a variety of careers. For students who don’t necessarily have a clear pathway, a multidisciplinary studies degree is a great option.

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.

While the multidisciplinary degree is customizable, students are still expected to take all general education topics, including at least one course in computer science, English, humanities, math and social sciences. In Grantham’s Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies program, students must complete a total of 120 credit hours. 42 of those credit hours are reserved for general education, 60 credit hours for customized electives (which include at least two disciplines), and 18 core program courses.


This flexible degree program focuses on improving a wide range of professional skills. Subjects such as computer programming, economics and mathematics are slated as elective opportunities, allowing students to fully customize their course load to fit their interests and future career path. The following are examples of core professional development courses that must be completed.

Personal Finance

Learn how to plan for a successful financial future. Students will explore a variety of personal financial planning topics, including budgeting, insurance plans, saving for retirement and taxes. The course is designed to help students understand the complexities of modern finance and evaluate their financial options through a formal decision-making approach.

Research Methods

This course presents a broad view of the methods and techniques used to conduct academic and professional research. Students will learn how to conduct interviews, determine the reliability of information, test hypotheses and more. Students are required to successfully complete an ethics certificate using the Collaborative Institution Training Initiative to pass this course and move forward in the program.

Fundamentals of Technical Writing

In nearly all professions, employees are expected to document and communicate information through writing. Fundamentals of Technical Writing introduces students to professional written communication, covering topics like standard conventions of written English, audience analysis and writing concisely for clarity and thoroughness.


A Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies allows undecided undergraduates to work toward an education while they decide on a career path. This degree allows students to choose two disciplines to focus on during their program, even if those disciplines are completely different. For example, a student who is passionate about both criminal justice and business would be able to take classes in both subjects.

The multidisciplinary studies program also provides the best avenue for students looking to transfer substantial credit from another college or university. Transfer credits are more likely to be accepted into this program, making the path to your degree that much quicker.


There are a number of benefits to completing a college education online. Through Grantham, students can earn their degree as it fits with their schedule. Eight-week classes and no set class times allow you to complete coursework while still working your full-time job, taking care of your family or tending to other life responsibilities.

Completing this BS in multidisciplinary studies program will open up the door to better employment opportunities while providing an entry to graduate-level education. Grantham offers related master’s degrees in fields like business administration, healthcare administration and leadership that can help you achieve managerial or director status. There are no specific requirements for enrolling in a master’s program at Grantham, but students should have maintained a 2.5 cumulative GPA during their undergraduate study.


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.

Because students are able to focus on two disciplines in this program, they can use skills from both areas to pursue specialized or niche career paths. For example, students may select specializations in addiction and family studies to eventually work in counseling families with addiction issues. Or, they may plan to pursue career in hospitality management systems, which fuses hospitality and information technology together to create data-driven solutions in restaurants and hotels. It is important to note that some electives or disciplines offered by other universities may not be eligible for the multidisciplinary studies degree.

Since multidisciplinary studies degrees do not have a single concentrated subject matter, it is important for graduates to properly market themselves to potential employers. Listing only that you’ve completed a degree in multidisciplinary studies on your resume does not provide employers a clear picture of what you studied in school. Graduates should specifically define their areas of focus as well as any related school activities they participated in. Grantham’s Career Services team is available during and after graduation to help students market themselves and find gainful employment that aligns with their experience.


At 120 credit hours, the multidisciplinary studies degree is designed to be completed in 38 months. It could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take each term.


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 scholarship opportunities to those who qualify. This program is not approved for Federal Student Aid (Title IV) educational benefits.


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

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Multidisciplinary Studies (Bachelor of Science)


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

  • Effectively communicate, incorporate and synthesize knowledge from at least two disciplines
  • Demonstrate a theoretical and conceptual foundation in two disciplines included in the liberal arts degree
  • Demonstrate acquired skills in research, writing and presentation across two disciplines
  • Distinguish the differences in principles and methods between two disciplines
  • Use critical thinking skills to effectively solve problems


Grantham prepares students to succeed in a variety of civic and professional settings by incorporating these six critical life skills into the Multidisciplinary Studies 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 (Bachelor of Science)

A Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies from Grantham can prepare you for a number of professional opportunities in private business or in the public sector. Job titles could include:

  • Journalist
  • Sales Agent
  • Event Planner
  • Social Worker
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Teacher

Multidisciplinary Studies (Bachelor of Science)

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

Program Core Credits: 18
General Education Core Credits: 42
Electives Credits: 60
Total Credit Hours: 120
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 18
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: CO325 Title: Civility and Mass Media Credits: 3
  This course draws from theories in the fields of communication, sociology, and philosophy in order to provide a comprehensive overview of the concept of civility. The theories provide a lens through which communication in the digital age, and its impact on individuals and communities, will be examined. Practical tools and techniques offer an opportunity for the application of effective and appropriate civil communication in various social contexts.
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.
Course: EN361 Title: Fundamentals of Technical Writing Credits: 3
  This course explores the fundamental principles of successful professional communication. Students learn how to write business correspondence, job search correspondence, public relations documents, and professional reports. Students also gain experience in defining their audiences and purpose, designing document layout, as well as writing, revising, and proofreading text. In completing the requirements of this course, students showcase and evaluate their own writing and design skills in a professional correspondence portfolio. Additionally, through a series of reflective journal exercises, students reflect on their learning and writing progress. NOTE: Credit may not be awarded for both EN261 and EN361.
Course: CA408 Title: Research Methods Credits: 3
  Research Methods presents a broad view of the methods and techniques for conducting academic and professional research. The course focuses on why and when research is performed, the methodologies involved and a description of the applied statistical tests most often used. Techniques and procedures are compared and contrasted so each student gains a firm understanding of what method or test to use and why. Topics include: the research enterprise, theory and research, ethics in research, research design, sampling techniques, questionnaires, interviews, observational techniques, secondary data, reliability and validity issues, data coding,hypothesis testing and sampling distributions. Students will be required to successfully complete the ethics certificate of completion using the Collaborative Institution Training Initiative (CITI) to advance further in the program.
Course: CA499 Title: Professional Strategies Credits: 3
  This course is designed as a senior-level capstone course to be taken at the end of the Multidisciplinary Studies degree program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. This capstone course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize and articulate the theories and principles gained through their program of study, and to demonstrate mastery of the University's core professional competencies (critical thinking, communication, data aptitude, personal/social responsibility, career management, distributed collaboration).
General Education: 42
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: English Composition Credits: 6
Course: Math Credits: 12
Course: Natural/Physical Science Credits: 9
Course: Oral Communication Credits: 3
Course: Humanities and Fine Arts Credits: 9
Course: General Education Credits: 3