INDS Interdisciplinary Studies Information

Interdisciplinary Studies (INDS) Information

Create a Degree to Meet Your Career Goals

Choose INDS if you:

  • Would like to combine two or three Areas of Study rather than pursuing just one
  • Would like your degree to fill a specific job description
  • Would like to pursue a specific research topic
  • Want to qualify for a specific graduate program
  • Are a transfer student or have accumulated non-traditional credit from workforce or military experience and would like to learn about subjects that will complement what you have already learned

You shouldn't choose INDS if you:

  • Want to pursue a career that requires licensure and/or state/national examinations (Some fields such as Education or Counseling require licensure and this is best accomplished through a traditional degree program specifically designed to meet those requirements.)
  • Want to pursue a graduate degree that requires a very specific kind of degree (Here, you should consider a traditional degree program that prepares you to meet this.)

A Custom, Non-Traditional Degree Program

With INDS, you can combine two or three Areas of Study to create a personalized degree. Each A.A., B.A., and B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies major looks different. Disciplines from across Liberty’s campus have developed foundational courses in each Area of Study that provide a good base of knowledge in each one. Enjoy flexibility in selecting from multiple Areas of Study while you choose courses that will help you meet your academic and career goals.


B.A. or B.S. 

When you elect to join the Interdisciplinary Studies program, you will need to decide whether you prefer a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.). The differences between these options refer to the General Education requirements on your degree completion plan. You can view the differences here:

A.A.

If you are seeking an associates degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, you can use the following DCP to plan your degree and to see what will be required. 


Areas of Study are Different Than a Major or a Minor

Although an Area of Study is an academic discipline that resembles a major or minor, what makes it different is that your major is Interdisciplinary Studies, and your Areas of Study are the core subject areas that make up that major.

As an INDS student, you can select two or three Areas of Study. Each of those areas must have at least 15 credits, and the total credits across all of them must add up to 45 credits. Currently, there are over 70 different Areas of Study across Liberty’s disciplines, which gives you a large range of choices as you put together your own individual degree plan.


Selecting Your Areas of Study

You can plan your Areas of Study using our INDS planning guide, but when you are ready to make it official, use the following directions. 

New Students

If you applied to the B.A. or B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies degree through the application process, you need to wait for full admission to the university. Afterward, you will receive an email asking you to complete a survey online where you will select your Areas of Study.

Once you have completed the survey, you will receive an email within two weeks directing you to your degree completion plan (DCP) that will be viewable through your ASIST account.

If you have questions or did not receive the survey, please email interdisciplinary@liberty.edu.

Current Students

Follow the directions in our INDS planning guide to change your major or your Areas of Study. Once you have completed the online survey, you will receive an email within two weeks directing you to your degree completion plan that will be viewable through your ASIST account.

If you have questions or did not receive the email within two weeks, please email interdisciplinary@liberty.edu.


Career Counseling can help you decide

If you have multiple interests, it might be difficult to narrow your selection down to two or three Areas of Study. Ultimately, the choice of which Area of Study you will use in your degree completion plan is yours. You may decide to discuss your career options with one of our Career Counselors in the Career Center. In addition, the Career Center offers the Focus II assessment that will help determine your strengths with relation to a desirable career. 


Further Questions? Ready to Switch?

If you're still not sure whether INDS is a good fit for you, feel free to email us at interdisciplinary@liberty.edu with questions and to visit our Plan Your Degree page.