Interdisciplinary Studies (INDS) Planning Guide

Is an INDS Degree Right for You?

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)

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 in relation to a desirable career.


Become an INDS Student

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 to declare your areas of study. 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

Change Your Major to INDS

  • To find out what your degree would look like if you switched to INDS, email INDSareas@liberty.edu and include:
    • Student ID
    • B.S. or B.A. in INDS
    • Areas of Study and number of hours for each
  • If you are ready to switch your major to Interdisciplinary Studies, fill out the Change of Major form.

Change Your Areas of Study

  • If you are a current INDS student and want to change your areas of study, fill out the Areas of Study Survey.*

*Students will automatically be able to complete this survey after completing the Change of Major form.
(You will not be able to complete this survey if you are not an INDS major.)


Create Your Custom INDS Program

Once you've chosen a degree, you can plan your own Interdisciplinary Studies degree using the following guidelines:

  • Choose 2-3 Areas of Study
    • These areas and the courses they contain should reflect your career or preferred master’s program’s prerequisites.
  • For each Area of Study, you can choose a general area of study or a specialized one. General areas of study have a list of course codes you can choose any course from. you are allowed to use multiple course prefixes from the same general area of study. Specialized areas of study have specific classes you will have to take.
  • You need 45 credits total with no fewer than 15 credits in each area of study.
    • For 3 areas of study, this means 15 credits each.
    • For 2 areas of study, this usually means 15 credits in one area and 30 in another, or 21 credits in one area and 24 credits on another.
  • At least 9 of your 45 credits need to be upper-level (300-400).

If you plan to pursue an A.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, you are not limited by specific areas of study. Please see the Degree Completion Plans, or ask an advisor or INDS faculty member for help in planning your degree.

Residential INDS Degree Completion Plans

Online Programs

Or, pursue your degree online with the Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.


Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Courses

  • Career Planning and Professional Development (INDS 200)
    • 1-credit hour
    • Capstone requirement for the Associate of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Open to all students

    Designed to promote and strengthen early awareness of the career development process. While topics are personalized, competencies include assessing, identifying, and evaluating personal values and personality strengths for career application, conducting specific job research, and solidifying career plans using critical thinking and logic. Students will also develop a proficiency in networking and job search techniques, resume building, and effective interviewing skills for a relevant field of interest

  • Knowledge Synthesis for Professional and Personal Development (INDS 400)
    • 3-credit hours
    • Capstone requirement for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Course for senior INDS students

    Designed to assess student mastery of content knowledge for the Interdisciplinary Studies degree programs, this capstone course requires students to produce a carefully organized summation and synthesis of accomplishments, learning, and goals related to their undergraduate degree program at Liberty University. Throughout this process, students will discover a greater understanding of transferable skills and qualifications and how these relate to career opportunities and/or graduate school respectively.

  • Integration of Faith, Learning, and Disciplines (INDS 499)
    • 3-6 credit hour internship
    • Students must be enrolled in the Washington Semester Fellowship
    • A course can count for Integrative Credit (3-hours) for the General Education requirements on a Bachelor of Arts degrees

    Designed to provide students with hands-on practice in faith and learning integration as they complete an internship in Washington, D.C., as part of the Washington Semester Fellowship. Students not only complete all requirements for the Washington Semester Fellowship, but they also complete a reflective project that synthesizes their on-the-job experiences with the worldview training they receive as part of the program.


Ready to Get Started?

Contact us to begin planning your degree. We look forward to hearing from you!

(434) 592-3370
interdisciplinary@liberty.edu

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