Requirements and Courses

As a Multidisciplinary Studies student, you will complete:

  • MdS 3001W Introduction to Multidisciplinary Studies (3 credits) as part of
  • 120 credits including
    • 30+ at the U of M, Twin Cities campus
    • 24+ after program admission
    • 50+ upper division in three of the five curricular areas below (15+ credits per area)
    • University of Minnesota liberal education requirements

Since this program is designed for returning learners, you would apply after you've finished 50 credits. These credits may be taken at the U (you need not be admitted to register).  Courses from other colleges may also fill a requirement. Talk with an MdS adviser and see Transferology for information.  

Bachelor of Arts vs Bachelor of Science

You may select to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) by tailoring your "area selection." Details in the table below. As part of the 120 credits, a BA degree must include 12 credits of languages and/or cultures other than the student’s native language or culture. A BS degree must include at least one upper division course in quantitative or critical thinking.

Your diploma will list the standard information of a U of M graduate--the degree awarded (B.A. or B.S.) and any formal honors you've earned (Latin honors or distinction or both). Your transcript will list your degree (B.A. or B.S.), the date conferred, the College of Continuing Education, the Multidisciplinary Studies program, your graduation GPA, and any formal honors you've earned.

Area selection (pick three)

Area Arts and Humanities Communications History and Social Science Science and Health Science Applied, Technical, and Professional
BA vs BS BA: Pick at least two (+ one other) BS: Pick at least one (+ two others)
Course options African Studies, Afro-American Studies, American-Indian Studies, American Studies, Architecture Studies, Art History, Studio Arts, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, English, Asian Languages and Literatures, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Communication Studies, English, Journalism, Writing Studies, and upper division second language courses. African Studies, Afro-American Studies, American Indian Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Applied Economics, Chicano Studies, Child Psychology, East Asian Studies, Economics, Geography, Global Studies, History, History of Science and Technology, History of Medicine, Mass Communication/Journalism, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Urban Studies, and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. College of Biological Sciences, College of Science and Engineering (formerly the Institute of Technology), the Department of Kinesiology, the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, the Center for Spirituality and Healing, the School of Public Health, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the College of Natural Resources. Applied Business, the Carlson School of Management, Business and Industry Education, Construction Management, Computer Science, Information Technology Infrastructure, Manufacturing Operations Management, and Educational Psychology.