Multidisciplinary Studies (Davis College)
The Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) Major in Agricultural, Natural Resources and Design is a flexible degree program that allows students and their advisers to tailor a set of courses that meet students’ interests and career plans. The major was developed in response to increasing demands from employers and students for broad based educational programs that prepare students for our rapidly changing society and economies. There are an increasing number of students who wish to tailor their education to their career interests without being constrained by traditional academic majors. The program is distinct from other WVU colleges and is oriented toward students who want to focus their studies on the academic areas of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.
Graduates of MDS programs often enter the same fields as graduates of more traditional majors. These often include sales, management and service careers that require problem-solving and communication from an interdisciplinary perspective. Specific examples include urban forestry, international wood industries, landscape design and sports field manager.
Sample Course Schedules
Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.
Freshman YearWVUE 191 First Year Seminar SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish 1 PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology MATH 121 Introductory Concepts of Mathematics PHIL 130 Current Moral Problems
Senior YearCOMM 308 Nonverbal Communication PSYC 382 Exceptional Children PSYC 345 Adulthood and Aging HIST 412 Introduction to Public History HIST 417 World War II in Europe
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
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A 2009 multidisciplinary studies graduate, Kyria is the founder of the Paws4people Foundation, which trains service dogs. She won Ikea's national Life Improvement Sabbatical Contest, which recognizes people and organizations that improve the lives of others.
Nathan Askins’ MDS degree included environmental protection, environmental economics and sustainable design, with an English minor. As a past intern in WVU’s Office of Sustainability Askins says, “I am glad to have had the opportunity to help lay the foundation for a more sustainable campus and hope that it continues to serve as an example for the rest of the state.” He served on the Morgantown Municipal Green Team and volunteered with organizations such as the Energy Action Coalition and the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy.
Becky Lovell studied abroad for separate semesters in Hong Kong, Hungary and Israel. Her travel launched the beginnings of a career helping other students learn about themselves and their world through study abroad. At WVU, she met people from all over the state, became active in the SGA, and worked as a resident assistant. “WVU really challenged me.” Lovell graduated with a degree in multidisciplinary studies and is the international admissions coordinator at Shenandoah University.