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Bachelor's Degree

Interdisciplinary Studies
Online Bachelor's Degree Program

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CLASSES START
May 6th

32 Mo.

Program Length

120

Credits

Online

Format

$415

Cost Per Credit

Bachelor's Degree

Interdisciplinary Studies
Online Bachelor's Degree Program

Program highlights - build your bachelor's degree

AccreditationAccredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Program length32 months
Open electives40 of 90 credits are open electives without any restrictions or expiration date!
Transfer creditUp to 90 approved credits
Format100% online classes + professional studies capstone
PathwaysBuild your degree: pick 2 of 6 career-focused disciplines: business, criminal justice, health and human services, healthcare administration, network security, and psychology
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Overview: Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor's Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Professional Studies degree is a 120-credit undergraduate program which prepares you for a career path catered to your strengths. The online degree program provides students with fundamental knowledge and skills in multiple potential focus areas: business, criminal justice, health and human services, healthcare administration, network security, and psychology.

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Career-focused curriculum

Discover the crucial knowledge and skills required to succeed in your work and build a foundation for continued career growth.

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Flexible schedule

You can take classes during the day or in the evening. We strive to be as flexible as possible for busy non-traditional students.

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Virtual services

Access to extensive virtual services, including academic advising, tutoring, support services, technical support and library services.

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Lifelong support

We support your ongoing career advancement by providing comprehensive, personalized student services with lifelong career coaching.

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Rolling admissions

No application deadlines to worry about. Apply when you’re ready and prepare to get started soon.

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Interdisciplinary Studies

What is an interdisciplinary studies degree?

For job applicants holding a high school diploma and no college degree, finding “bachelor’s degree” listed as required education on every job posting can be very discouraging.

A bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies is a great choice if you’re looking for a degree to best qualify you for the job you want.

Transfer up to 90 credits from prior college courses, earn your bachelor’s degree faster and begin building your exciting new career.

All from the comfort of your own home. Herzing’s program is 100% online.

Definition

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Interdisciplinary studies is the combination of two or more disciplines into a single path of study.

It is where multiple well-beaten educational paths intersect and create something new.

Curriculum

Choose online classes that are right for you

By choosing 2 of 6 discipline areas, your education will include classes spanning a wide variety of subjects. You can build the curriculum you need to help you excel in your unique career path.

All classes are delivered online.

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Professional Studies32120

i. Average number of months for students to complete program
Program availability varies by location

Required Courses in Interdisciplinary Professional Studies

All courses, 6.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Concentration Areas-Choose Two

18.00 semester credit hours, in each chosen area, are required.

Required Courses in Business Concentration

All courses, 18.00 semester credit hours, are required.

 

Required Courses in Criminal Justice Concentration

All courses, 18.00 semester credit hours, are required.

 

Required courses in Health and Human Services Concentration

All courses, 18.00 semester credit hours, are required.


Required Courses in Healthcare Administration Concentration
All courses, 18.00 semester credit hours, are required.

 

Required Courses in Network Security Concentration
All courses, 18.00 semester credit hours, are required.

 

Required courses in Psychology Concentration

All courses, 18.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Open Elective Courses

A minimum of 40.00 semester credit hours is required.

Required Courses in General Education

Students enrolled in this bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 36.00 semester credit hours in general. 12.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications EN 104 English Composition I EN 111 Information Literacy  EN 116 Speech  EN 304 English Composition II   9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities HU 140 Cultural Diversity  HU 240 Introduction to Humanities  HU 340 Humanities and Contemporary Popular Culture​   6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics MA 109 College Algebra  MA 320 Statistics​   6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Behavioral Science PS 101 Psychology  SS 350 Social Issues and Technology​   3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science SC 270 Environmental Literacy  Transfer students may transfer courses that are within 1.00 semester credit hour of the courses listed above to meet these discipline requirements. Any resulting deficiency in the total of 36.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

A minimum of 2.00 semester credit hours is required.

Requirements

Interdisciplinary studies program enrollment prerequisites

Enrollment requirements include:

  1. Hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
  2. Meet with a Herzing University admissions advisor
  3. Fill out an enrollment application

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Careers

What can I do with a degree in interdisciplinary studies?

Herzing University’s interdisciplinary studies degree program emphasizes a career-focused course of study across six unique areas:

  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • Health and Human Services
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Network Security
  • Psychology

You can customize a degree program tailored to your career goals consisting of two of these professional discipline areas.

An additional 40 credits in open elective courses allows you further opportunity to specialize your degree to emphasize what’s most relevant to your personalized career path.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

The primary difference between a BS and BA degree is the general positioning of their curriculums:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA): typically concerns a wider variety of liberal arts subjects not directly related to the major. Offered in fields such as the humanities, social sciences, foreign languages and communication.
  • Bachelor of Science (BS): typically more strictly focused on the subject matter directly related to the major. Often offered in technical subjects like computer science, physical sciences, nursing or mathematics.

All of Herzing University’s programs are highly career-focused, designed to provide the education you need to position you for the job you want and excel in your career.

A major is a primary discipline of study and a degree is the credential you earn proving your proficiency in any particular major.

There isn’t always a degree designed for every major.

That’s where an interdisciplinary studies degree can fill the gap. Combine concentrations and develop a foundational education in multiple disciplines to fully prepare for new opportunities bridging multiple established industries.

General and interdisciplinary studies (sometimes called “integrated studies”) are often used interchangeably, but there is a fundamental difference between the two types of degree programs.

General studies programs typically cover a wide variety of course topics to provide students with broad skills in critical thinking to encourage lifelong learning.

Interdisciplinary/integrated studies programs are more career-focused than general studies, a combination of disciplines designed to help students pursue a particular career path.

Degrees in general, multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary studies are by their nature more flexible that alternatives more focused to specific industries.

Herzing University offers many flexible alternatives for online bachelor’s degree programs devoted more exclusively to behavioral healthbusiness, healthcare, public safety or technology, including:

Each degree option offers courses designed to help you qualify for many types of jobs within their respective areas of focus.

A few possible ways students can build a degree to match the career of their choice:

  1. Students working in a healthcare institution looking ahead to qualify for administrative positions may concentrate their study in business and healthcare administration.
  2. Students working in IT interested in working in the government or public safety fields may consider concentrating in network security and criminal justice.
  3. Students who dream of running their own business in the fast-paced technology industry may choose to concentrate in business and network security.
  4. Students interested in pursuing career pathways in behavioral health may choose to concentrate in health and human services and psychology.

According to from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, bachelor’s degree holders can earn a significantly higher salary than those with no degree. Bachelor’s-level occupations earned a median annual wage of $1,432 per week, which equates to $74,464 per year (52 weeks).*

The BLS also estimates a lower unemployment rate for bachelor's degree holders vs. those who hold an associate degree, high school diploma, or less than a high school diploma.

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Earning a bachelor’s degree emphasizing your unique skillset helps you develop the foundational knowledge you need to find a great job and truly excel.

The first step to a new exciting career of your choosing IS possible with Herzing University.

There are many advantages to earning a degree spanning multiple disciplines, including:

  1. Better qualify for the job. Employers with a unique approach to their workforce may require a unique set of skills, and an interdisciplinary studies degree with relevant concentrations can help show you’ve got what it takes.
  2. Adaptability. The modern economy is always in flux and there isn’t always a degree relevant to every new opportunity. A multidisciplinary focus can help you adapt more smoothly to changes within your field.
  3. Earn your degree faster. Depending on the prior college classes you’ve taken, you may be able to transfer much more of your credit compared to a traditional bachelor’s degree program.
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The Interdisciplinary Professional Studies program provides a course of study that allows a student to explore connections between traditional academic areas, and to pursue their emerging scholarly interests in the intersections between multiple disciplines and methodologies. This program offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore more than one discipline while developing strengths in multiple fields. Students will work closely with their advisers and professors to select courses from across the curriculum that will maximize their ability to simultaneously consider a topic, subject, or problem from the differing perspectives of independent disciplines. The customized degree plan allows students to achieve their academic goals within the parameters of degree requirements and prerequisites. The interdisciplinary program equips students with a broad array of relevant skills that provide entry into a multitude of occupational opportunities.

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Accreditation

Accreditation & Disclosures

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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The program has an automatic transfer of credits, and allows you to transfer up to additional credits.

  Transfer Credits

The program allows you to transfer up to credits.

  Transfer Credits

The program allows you to transfer up to credit hours.

  Transfer Credit Hours
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Professional Studies Online Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$415.00
Base Tuition$49,800.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (90 x $415.00 )(-$37,350.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$12,450.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$530.00
Estimated Total Fee*$1,060.00
Total Semesters 1
RequiredNeeded
82
Total Credits
RequiredNeeded
12030
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$54,040.00$13,510.00
Estimated Savings*
$40,530.00

Available Scholarships & Loan Options

Who Can Apply

Recipients and the amounts of the scholarships vary.

Requirements

Scholarship recipients, amounts, and terms and conditions are determined by Herzing University and its donors and are subject to change. An endowment is an amount of money (fund) that is given to the University with a stipulation that the funds are invested to earn annual interest rather than spent immediately. Students and alumni can learn more through the following channels: email give@maxedwinlane.com, call (262) 735-6189, or visit http://orzbxv.maxedwinlane.com/make-donation-herzing-university.

Who Can Apply

Any student in a degree-seeking program that makes on-time, out of pocket payments toward tuition and fee expenses.

Requirements

The amount of the payments made that exceed the amount of excess loan funding received will be used to calculate total award. Eligible students must make on-time payments, according to a predetermined payment plan. Restrictions may vary.

  • Matching percentage is based on student’s EFC at the time of application.
  • Student’s with a Pell eligible EFC will receive a 100% match
  • Students will non-Pell eligible EFC will receive 50% match
  • Students who do no complete the FAFSA will automatically qualify for the 50% match.
Who Can Apply

Available to applicants in any program that demonstrate a financial need, who are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Requirements

Must show financial need and are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Who Can Apply

Available to undergraduate students enrolled in an Associates or Bachelor’s degree that are on the Dean’s or President’s list

Requirements

Eligible Applicants must:

  1. Submit an application by the required deadline for applicable semester answering the following questions in paragraph form/essay format, bulleted outline, video submission, or other creative means.
    • What are your proudest achievements during this semester? (Examples: community service, campus involvement, family life, charity work, major improvement to grades, etc.)
    • What obstacles did you have to overcome to achieve your academic success this semester?
  2. Not have received any HU Strive Scholarship in any enrollment. If an applicant is not selected during a semester, they may reapply by submitting a new application in subsequent semesters for as long as they remain on the Dean’s or President’s list

The application must be submitted through Canvas by the end of the A Term immediately following the semester when the Dean’s or President’s list was earned.

Who Can Apply

Available to Herzing graduates who have re-enrolled in a higher-level degree

Requirements

Alumni may qualify as many times as they re-enroll in a higher-level degree

Who Can Apply

Employees of a business participating in the Herzing Partnerships Program

Requirements
  • Documentation showing proof of employment is required
  • Recipients must be packaged at direct cost (receiving financial aid for tuition and fees only)

Questions?

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Actual semesters to complete are dependent upon university approved transfer credits and program mapping.

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Estimated program length, estimated number of semesters, and estimated program shown above are standard by program for each student based on: a student taking a full-time course load each semester, the student not having any transfer credits (from previous Herzing experiences or from other post-secondary institutions), and successful completion of each course.

Current tuition rates for all programs are effective through the Summer 2024 semester.