Interdisciplinary Studies

Do you have past earned college credit and now want to finish your bachelor’s degree? Are you searching for a bachelor’s degree that allows you to build a tailored program of study with courses you select, with guidance from a personal academic advisor? Have you found yourself part-way through a degree program that isn’t the right fit for you and concerned switching your degree would delay graduation? Then the Interdisciplinary Studies B.A. may be the program for you!

Personalized Degree-Completion Made Easy

Take Online and On-ground Classes:

Choose from a variety of online and on-ground classes to build your emphasis areas with guidance from your personal academic advisor.

Use Your Previous Credit Hours:

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program utilizes past credit you earned from any accredited college or university. We make transferring to Newman easy!

Customize Your Major:

With guidance from your advisor, you will develop two areas of subject emphasis for your major. Your previous credit is applied and emphasis areas can be multi-disciplinary in nature to provide you the widest range of academic program customization and coursework application.

Accelerate Your Degree Completion:

This degree can be completed in an accelerated format using our online 8-week course format utilized throughout our curriculum.

Start Year-Round at Your Convenience:

Our 8-week classes run continuously throughout the year, which makes starting this degree program simple!

Study at Your Own Pace:

Our flexible class schedules work with your personal scheduling allowing you to take as many or as few classes that you want*. You will not be placed in a cohort with other students with a rigid timeline. Instead, we understand that you may be trying to balance work and family along with your studies. You need flexibility. You need to have the freedom to set your own pace.

Mix it Up:

Take classes the way you want. On-ground. Online. Or design a program of study that blends both online and on-ground classes. It’s your choice! Your personal advisor will help you design a program and class schedule that best meets your personal needs.

Are You a Traditional Student or Looking to Switch Majors?

We’ve got you covered! This program is ideal for the traditional college student who is looking to develop a customized degree program of special interest.

Already working on a major degree, but you’ve found it is not the perfect fit? Design your own degree by taking only the major courses you want.

Planning on graduate school? Work with your advisor to find the graduate program you are interested in and customize your emphasis areas around any prerequisites required.

Scholarships and Affordable Tuition

We have many scholarships available for first time, transfer, and even for the non-traditional adult student! Additionally, we have an extensive list of external scholarships as well.

Bachelor Degrees

About Our Faculty

Interdisciplinary Studies

Our faculty and staff have the knowledge and experience to help you prepare for a career in a variety of disciplines. If you need clarification on a class assignment or advice on how to approach your future, you can feel confident that our faculty is available and ready to help.

Careers and Job Outlook

While pursuing a degree in interdisciplinary studies, you can expect a promising future. 

A degree in interdisciplinary studies will give you the opportunity to work in a variety of fields and specialties related to your interests. Potential careers and expected median salaries will differ based on the field you choose to enter.


Our students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through internships and local partnerships within the community. You can expect your professors and advisors to help you find opportunities that will expand your skill set and prepare you for the workforce.

Click here to learn more about the internships and cooperative education we provide.

Student Testimonials


"I think Newman has a great value and I think it’s because you get to know your professors by name. The president of the university knew my name... because you get a personal relationship with everyone at Newman."

Easton Julian

"I went to a junior college before I came, and it's really just a totally different atmosphere. The atmosphere was so friendly here, and being that much older than the students, I wasn't sure how they would accept me, but they were just wonderful. They included me. And then Professor Bontrager encouraged me to go on the Guatemala (Study & Serve) trip, and again I thought, 'Oh, I don't know how this is going to work,' but I made some wonderful friends and I just had a wonderful time. They were just so caring, and you know, I was probably like a grandma to them, because they helped me get up the hills and things like that, which was really sweet. I think that the friendship and the camaraderie was so much greater at Newman."

Mary Short

Professor of History and Director of International Studies
Division of Arts & Humanities
316-942-4291 ext. 2178
Office: MN313
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Professor of History and Director of the Honors Program
Division of Arts & Humanities
316-942-4291 ext. 2325
Office: MN315