Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Design your own unique degree.

Build your own degree by combining courses from more than one discipline.

Are you undecided about your major? Do you want a well-rounded education that provides you with many options? PennWest’s Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies might be right for you. With this highly personalized program, you can specialize in a combination of courses and build a degree that’s all your own.

The flexibility of this unique program is attractive to many students. If you begin in the interdisciplinary studies program but develop interests in a particular subject, you may go on to declare a specific major. On the other hand, if you have completed the core of a specific degree program, you can opt to switch to interdisciplinary studies if your career goals change.

Work closely with an academic advisor to identify areas of interest and figure out how to combine your passions to build a unique degree that aligns with your future career goals. They will provide you with personalized academic and career support and serve as your mentors and guides. Like many on-campus programs, this degree incorporates active research and hands-on activities that put ideas into context and build in-demand job skills.

Develop the skills in reading, writing, and critical thinking that are essential to compete in the 21st century workforce. You also can enhance your degree with minors and certificates in multiple areas.

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Credits: 120

Dr. Jamie Phillips, director, AA and BA in Interdisciplinary Studies

Customized for you

Tailor your degree to your personal and professional interests.


Of surveyed alumni report successful job placement or graduate school acceptance after graduation.

4 out of 5

A study by the Association of American Colleges and Universities found that “four out of five employers agree that all students should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences.”

Interdisciplinary Studies (BA)
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Careers and Salaries

What Can I Do with a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies?

According to, a degree that broadly includes the liberal arts prepares students for a diverse range of career opportunities in a variety of fields. You’ll graduate with attractive skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership and teamwork, as well as the confidence you need for a successful career in government, social work, education, or in a business field such as advertising, consulting, marketing, public relations and sales. If you want to explore even more job opportunities, you might consider applying to a graduate program that interests you.

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate their communication skills through both oral and written means.
  1. Demonstrate critical-thinking skills across a variety of disciplines.
  1. Express the connection between their academic program and their desired career interests.
  1. Demonstrate advanced content knowledge in their chosen concentration (if applicable).

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

Flexible. Affordable.
Designed to Meet Your needs.