Multidisciplinary Studies (Bachelor of Science)

Tailor your education to the career you want with an online Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies from Grantham University. With courses designed to reflect the latest trends and market developments, this degree will help you prepare for a brighter, more professional future.

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 Homeland Security Concentration consists of six elective courses that prepare program graduates for careers involving U.S. 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 123 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.

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Multidisciplinary Studies (Bachelor of Science)

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
University Professional Outcomes

Grantham prepares students to succeed in a variety of civic and professional settings by incorporating these critical life skills into the Multidisciplinary Studies curriculum:

  • Communication – competence in effective written and oral communication
  • Critical Thinking – ability to analyze problems, reflectively process information and formulate solutions
  • Respect for Diversity – awareness of and appreciation for varieties of human experiences and social structures
  • Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibilities – responsibility to the greater societal good and an applied ethical framework in decision making
  • Lifelong Learning – definition for and acquisition of a continuing pursuit of educational needs throughout their professional lives

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.

Multidisciplinary Studies (Bachelor of Science)

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

PROGRAM SNAPSHOT:
Program Core Credits: 18
General Education Core Credits: 18
Concentration Credits: 18
Electives Credits: 69
Electives Credits: 87
Total Credit Hours: 123
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Homeland Security: 18
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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. Students will develop 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. In this course, studies will cover a variety of aspects related to terrorist organizations and individuals.
Course: CJ451 Title: Principles of Terrorism Credits: 3
  The events of September 11, 2001 have dramatically changed the phenomenon of terrorism and influenced every aspect of life in the United States and abroad. The emphasis of this course centers on terrorism as a force in the modern world. Many definitions of terrorism exist, and students will identify and examine different varieties of terrorism. Additionally, a review of the historical origins of terrorism will be examined. The course will also cover the topics of 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 is an introduction to 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 will develop 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 a study of the federal, state, and local organizations involved in border and coastal security, the various strategies involved with border and coastal access and security, the overarching homeland security issues associated with border and coastal security, and the contemporary issues that involve border and coastal security. Topics also addressed include immigration issues and policies related to border and coastal security, non-U.S. approaches to border and coastal security, among others.
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
  Effective emergency planning is the key 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 covered 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: 18
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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: 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: Technical Writing Credits: 3
  This course teaches the skills needed to produce such forms as memos, informal reports, proposals, and letters of applications. The course starts with theory and proceeds to skills and applications. Some of the topics studied include the Technical Writing Process, Research, Summarizing, Outlining, and Formatting of various reports. Your knowledge of the subject matter will be evaluated through objective tests, and your writing skills will be evaluated by your performance on writing assignments.
Course: PA301 Title: Introduction to Public Administration Credits: 3
  Public administration is a broad-ranging and amorphous combination of theory and practice; its purpose is to promote a superior understanding of government and its relationship with the society it governs, as well as to encourage public policies more responsive to social needs and to institute managerial practices attuned to effectiveness, efficiency, and human requirements of the citizenry.
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.
Course: CA499 Title: Professional Strategies Credits: 3
  Professional Strategies is designed as a senior-level capstone course to be taken at the end of the Multidisciplinary Studies program. This capstone course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize and articulate their undergraduate experience by demonstrating knowledge and skills acquired in previous coursework and/or work experience. Professional Studies reviews the fundamentals of research and the utilization of these skills in a professional environment. The course will require two research papers whose topics must be approved by the course instructor.
General Education: 18
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Course: CO101 Title: Introduction to Public Speaking Credits: 3
  This course focuses on the basic principles of effective verbal communication and the related functions in contemporary public settings. Emphasis is placed on speech to inform and to persuade, with special consideration given to fundamental communication skills, including organization, reasoning, explanation, and listening. Students will learn to prepare a speech without the need to memorize the presentation. This course is designed to help students understand the difference between ideas and memorizing words. The progression of learning should help students learn to understand, value, and practice the human communication process.
Course: CS105 Title: Introduction to Computer Applications Credits: 3
  Students are introduced to basic computer concepts as well as techniques and tools for folder and file navigation and manipulation. Students explore the fundamentals of an office productivity suite, developing skills in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications.
Course: EN101 Title: English Composition I Credits: 3
  This course develops written communication skills with emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings and practicing writing for personal and professional applications.
Course: EN102 Title: English Composition II Credits: 3
  This is a freshman college-level writing course designed to build on skills learned in EN101. The student is expected to complete writing assignments that spring from assigned reading material, which clearly evince an awareness of social issues. Upon successful completion of EN102, students should be competent in reading, reflecting on, and responding to literature using scholarly analysis, organizing clear and effective writing with a thesis statement, anticipating bias by viewing all sides of an issue, performing effective research using library resources, monitoring tone and using appropriate argumentative skills when pursuing a thesis, using MLA formatting guidelines for research papers, and avoiding plagiarism with careful documentation.
Course: HU260 Title: Strategies for Decision Making Credits: 3
  This course is about becoming a better thinker in every aspect of your life: in your career, and as a consumer, citizen, friend, parent, and lover. Discover the core skills of effective thinking; then analyze your own thought processes, identify weaknesses, and overcome them. Learn how to translate more effective thinking into better decisions, less frustration, more wealth - and above all, greater confidence to pursue and achieve your most important goals in life.
Course: GU299 Title: General Education Capstone Credits: 3
  GU299 is the capstone course for Grantham University's general education program, and it serves a dual purpose. First, GU299 helps students bridge the gap between the broad-based learning they experience throughout their general education courses and the discipline-specific learning they will engage in as they move closer toward degree completion. By highlighting the specific skills and knowledge they attained through their general studies and working with them to incorporate those skills and that knowledge within their specific academic areas, students will achieve a greater awareness of how knowledge is intertwined, and better recognize how information drawn from one experience can be applied directly toward another, leading them to become more actively engaged, socially-aware citizens of the various communities to which they belong.

NOTE: CO120 Interpersonal Communication may take the place of CO101 Introduction to Public Speaking.