Interdisciplinary Studies 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 unique research topic
- Want to qualify for a 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. Interdisciplinary Studies has a number of dedicated program tracks you can choose from. 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.
Interested in Graduate School?
Interdisciplinary Studies can be a perfect fit if you want to enter graduate school with a variety of skills and knowledge areas. You can complete the admissions requirements for your graduate program while developing other skills and passions.
If you want to take this route, you need to have a focused plan on how to prepare for your graduate program. Review admissions requirements for all of the graduate programs you are interested in. Make sure you meet those requirements while completing your INDS degree.
Become an INDS Student
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.*
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 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
Church SPED Coordinator
Academic Disciplines: Education, Religion, Behavioral Sciences
Prepare to work as a special education ministry coordinator.
TESL with Global Studies
Academic Disciplines: Education, Social Sciences
Teach English as a second language overseas with an emphasis on cultural awareness and missions.
Academic Disciplines: Computational Sciences, Business
Support the growing field of telemedicine.
Academic Disciplines: Military History, Project Management, Government
Prepare for military leadership in a variety of practical and theoretical ways.
Academic Disciplines: Business, Technical Studies
Work as a construction supervisor with a focus on a trade.
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
- A course can count for Integrative Credit (3-hours) for the General Education requirements on a Bachelor of Arts degrees, or it can count towards a related area of study
INDS 499 is designed to provide a hands-on educational experience for students through meeting specific learning objectives that can apply to an area of study or free electives within their INDS degree program. By putting to practice the synthesis of a student’s areas of study, the student will enhance awareness of the responsibilities and skills needed for professional employment.
- 2.0+ GPA
- Suitable internship site
- Junior or senior status
Instructions for Registering
- Select a site and site supervisor that you will submit as part of the application. Ask your potential supervisor to send you an email indicating that he or she is willing to supervise your internship. Once you receive this email, please save it as a Word or PDF document to submit as part of the application process and forward the email to email@example.com.
- Meet with the Faculty Internship Advisor. A brief in-person or over the phone meeting is required with the Faculty Internship Advisor in order to gain approval to register for the course.
- Complete the Student Internship Agreement form. You must complete and sign this form before sending it to your new site supervisor to be signed. Be sure to communicate and list clear learning objectives and internship duties with the help of your supervisor. Once you and your supervisor have signed the form, it must be sent to your Faculty Internship Advisor for approval, completion, and registration.
- Complete on Blackboard. Once the SIA form is completed and submitted, your Faculty Internship Advisor will register you for the course. Once the course appears on Blackboard, make sure to complete the weekly assignments throughout the semester of your internship.
All paperwork must be completed and submitted prior to the registration deadlines for each semester. Registration dates and deadlines can be found by visiting the Liberty University Online Academic Calendar.
- INDS 499 is available to both online and residential students.
- Liberty does not place students in internship sites.
- Finding a placement is the student’s responsibility.
- Students of all majors can participate.
- INDS 499 is an A term course lasting 16 weeks in the fall/spring terms, and 10 weeks in the summer term.
- Participating students must complete 180 work hours for every 3 credit hours earned. Students may register for 3 or 6 credit hours.
- Traditionally, only students from the Washington Fellowship program have registered for INDS 499. We welcome all Washington Fellows, but any qualifying Liberty University student can participate.
- When trying to secure an internship, it can be helpful to visit the agency in person with your resume and syllabus to review the course objectives.