Interdisciplinary Studies

Bachelor of Arts

This degree is a customized, interdisciplinary degree. Students receive individualized academic advising and a broad educational experience with coursework from a variety of academic disciplines. The program includes general education requirements and an area of concentration but not a specific major. The concentration area can be tailored to prepare students for entry into a particular career area. The degree provides maximum flexibility for students who have well-defined career objectives and wish to determine the content of their degree rather than pursue one of the established majors at OCU. The degree serves as a bridge to numerous higher degree programs and prepares students for employment in areas not requiring specific baccalaureate degrees. Students in this major are not eligible to graduate with additional designations on transcript (e.g. double major, concentration, or certificate).

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.
  2. Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
  3. Demonstrate a proficiency in the broad range of academic knowledge and skills required by the various academic disciplines.
  4. Identify problems and analyze, diagnose, and develop solutions from a broad-based perspective.
  5. Use the acquired academic knowledge and skills as the foundation for success in future educational and/or vocational plans.
  6. Explain their individualized program of study and academic training to a prospective employer or an admissions officer of a graduate program.


120 Semester Credits Core Courses

IS3000 Interdisciplinary Studies Foundations II 1 credit 3 weeks

Students will develop an explanation of the need for an individual program. A persuasive proposal will include the reasoning behind choosing the particular focus and what the course of study is intended to accomplish. With guidance from an academic advisor, students will develop a model timetable for completion of their degree. 

IS4800 Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone II 3 credits 5 weeks

Examination of interdisciplinary scholarship and problem solving, with application based on students’ areas of emphasis in the major.

IS3000 Interdisciplinary Studies Foundations II

Other Course Requirements:


General Education Requirements (pg.20)               36 credits
Bible or Theology                 12 credits
Concentrations                      30 credits
Each concentration consists of 15 credits with the same or related academic discipline.
General Electives                 38 credits

At least 30 credits must be at the 3000 or higher level. At least 30 credits must be earned with OCU, including IS3000 Interdisciplinary Studies Foundations 2 and IS4800 Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone 2.