Multidisciplinary Studies (Bachelor of Arts)

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

What will I learn in the bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies online program?

The Multidisciplinary Studies degree program allows you to tailor a degree to your career specializations. The broad-based arts and sciences curriculum provides an opportunity to study relevant issues in fields such as communications, sociology, psychology, humanities and other areas that help hone leadership skills for career success. The diverse curriculum presents opportunities to explore future liberal arts specializations, including Homeland Security.

Homeland Security

The concentration has been developed to prepare students for work in border security, terrorism prevention, counter-terrorism and basic disaster management.

What careers can I pursue with a bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies?

It is literally up to you. Customize your education to advance your career options in a number of professional fields. And because the skills you’ll gain in the core classes are universally important in professional settings, you could work almost anywhere.

How long is this online Multidisciplinary Studies bachelor’s degree program?

At 120 credit hours, your 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 every term.

How much will the bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies online program cost?

The undergraduate rate is $265 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.

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 (Bachelor of Arts)

Multidisciplinary Studies Degree Program Outcomes

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
Concentration in Homeland Security Outcomes
  • 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
Core Professional Competencies

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 Arts)

A Bachelor 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 (Bachelor 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: 15
General Education Core Credits: 42
Concentration Credits: 18
Electives Credits: 45
Electives Credits: 63
Total Credit Hours: 120
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Homeland Security: 18
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: CJ450 Title: Understanding Terrorism Credits: 3
  This course is an introduction to terrorist cults and personalities.Studies focus on a variety of aspects related to terrorist organizations and individuals, gaining an understanding of how various terrorist cults and personalities affect national security, how understanding terrorism personalities can aid the counterterrorism war and what the future looks like in the war against terrorism.
Course: CJ451 Title: Principles of Terrorism Credits: 3
  This course examines terrorism in the modern world with a review of the historical origins of terrorism. Topics include: patterns of terrorism, Latin American influences on terrorism, the origins of Middle Eastern terrorism, Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, U.S. domestic terrorism issues, counter terrorism and U.S. responses, homeland security, employment of national and domestic intelligence resources against terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and future issues on terrorism.
Course: CJ452 Title: Terrorism & US National Security Credits: 3
  This course examines the relationship between terrorism and U.S. national security. It focuses on a variety of aspects related to U.S. policy on terrorism, the threat of terrorism to U.S. national security and the problems inherent to U.S. counterterrorism. The student gains a comprehensive understanding of how the U.S. views terrorism, how various policies affect outcomes of counterterrorism, strengths and weaknesses in policy and strategies, threats to U.S. national security and suggestions for solutions to these threats.
Course: CJ453 Title: Border and Coastal Security Credits: 3
  This course is designed to teach the student to analyze the implications of September 11, 2001 and the new war on terrorism for border controls, cross-border relations and economic integration in North America. This course also examines U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico relations in the wake of the terrorist attacks, the management of trade and migration flows and the reconceptualization of North America's borders in the post 9-11 world.
Course: CJ454 Title: Elements & Issues in Counterterrorism Credits: 3
  This course is a comprehensive review of issues and elements to be considered in the planning and organization of a counterterrorism program. It presents an examination of techniques and procedures, which can be applied to programs developed at both the national and local level. Such measures as financial investigations, technical defenses and counterintelligence activities are studied.
Course: CJ455 Title: Emergency Planning Credits: 3
  This course examines emergency planning as it relates to surviving natural and man-made disasters. Risk analysis and the formulation of a comprehensive plan, followed by a vigorous and continuous testing program, are essential elements to surviving an emergency. Topics include threat assessment, risk analysis, formulating the plan, staffing the emergency operations center (EOC), coordinating with supporting agencies and the importance of continuing liaison managing an actual incident and conducting an effective follow-up analysis. Various actual case studies are discussed.
Program Core: 15
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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: 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 Arts and 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
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Course: GU101 Title: Student Success Credits: 3
  This course provides students with the foundation of knowledge and skills needed for today's online college environment. Students will explore their own preparedness for online learning through examination and analysis of their own skills, traits, and behaviors. In addition, students will acclimate to the online college environment through specifically-designed activities which provide opportunities to acquire necessary skills, behaviors, and understandings which are essential for academic success.
Course: English Composition Credits: 6
Course: Math Credits: 6
Course: Natural/Physical Science Credits: 3
Course: Computer Science Credits: 3
Course: Oral Communication Credits: 6
Course: Humanities and Fine Arts Credits: 6
Course: Social/Behavioral Science Credits: 9

NOTE: This program is not approved for Federal Student Aid (Title IV) educational benefits.