Interdisciplinary Studies (INDS) Planning Guide

You can choose between several different disciplines when pursuing your INDS degree.

Creating Your INDS Plan

Once you've chosen a degree, you can plan your own Interdisciplinary Studies degree using the following guidelines and the list of Areas of Study:

  • 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 codes. Specialized areas of study have specific classes you will have to take.

  • You need 45 credits total. 

    • 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.

INDS Degree Completion Plans


Updating Your Degree

Switching 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

Change Your Major

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.)


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.

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