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If you are a Residential Student, please visit www.liberty.edu/interdisciplinary for information regarding the Residential Interdisciplinary Studies (INDS) degree.
The online Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies, or INDS degree, combines two or three unique areas of study to "customize" a major consisting of multiple disciplines. Each cognate in the Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies looks different from one student to the next. Please keep in mind that all prerequisites for classes chosen must still be met before registration of that course. The online INDS degree is an individualized program that provides flexibility and gives students the options to select courses that will help them meet their academic goals. The INDS degree can also take more transfer credit than most other Bachelor’s degree programs.
Students pursue multidisciplinary degrees, such as the online Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies, so that they can mix unrelated disciplines that are not available through a traditional major. This diverse background can make you more marketable in very specialized fields or specific business environments that do not have a traditional major associated with them. The online Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies may also act as a stepping-stone to get you through your undergraduate degree as quickly as possible so that you can pursue a Master’s Degree in a specific field.
If you answer "yes" to one or more of the following statements, then the Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies may meet your academic goals and needs.
If you have not yet established a career, you should consider a degree that will make you the most competitive in that industry or field. For example, 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. In addition, if you are pursuing a graduate degree that requires specific course prerequisites or requires a specific Bachelor’s degree type, then you should consider a traditional degree program that prepares you to meet those prerequisites.
An Area of Study is an academic discipline that resembles a major or minor but is specific to a degree track. What makes an Area of Study different from a major or minor is that there are no specific course requirements for an Area of Study. You can choose to take any course that is required in the corresponding Area of Study, and have more flexibility to choose which courses you take, as long as you meet the prerequisite requirements. You may also use transfer credits that do not correspond to a specific Liberty course but are in the same topic area.
For example, a specialized 200-level Accounting class that Liberty does not offer may transfer as an ACCT 2XX elective. This class would not be usable to meet a major course requirement for the Bachelors in Business Administration – Accounting but would fit into the online Interdisciplinary Studies program’s Business Area of Study.
You must have at least two Areas of Study that total 45 credits or, you can choose three Areas of Study that are 15 credits each.
Specialized Areas of Study can be completed 100% online through Liberty University and require a minimum of nine credits of upper-level courses. For information on what those areas of study are and the specific courses that fit into them, please visit our Areas of Study page.
General Areas of Study can be 100% transferred and do not have a specific number of upper-level courses required. One of the graduation requirements for the B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies degree is that you complete a minimum of 30 hours of upper-level courses for your degree. In light of this, even though the General Areas of Study does not have an upper-level course requirement, you may need additional upper-level courses to graduate.
There are limited courses available online through Liberty to complete the General Areas of Study. For information on the available General Areas of Study and the courses that fit into them, please visit our Areas of Study page.
If you recently applied to the Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies degree, you must first wait for acceptance and full admission. The day after your acceptance, you will receive an email asking you to complete an online survey to choose your Areas of Study. You can also find the INDS Areas of Study Selection Survey on our website (login required). Once you have completed the online survey, you will receive a degree completion plan within two weeks.
If you have already received a degree plan and wish to change your areas of study, please email your request to email@example.com.
If you are not currently an online Interdisciplinary Studies degree student and you would like to see a sample degree plan, please email your request with your Area of Study choices to firstname.lastname@example.org, and you will receive an unofficial consultation.
You must submit a Future Course Request (formally RTTAC) through the Transfer Suite (login required). Please ensure that the courses you are requesting will total at least 15-semester credits in your desired Area of Study. For assistance, email the INDS Coordinator at email@example.com. Keep in mind that a certain number of courses need to be completed through Liberty University to meet graduation requirements.