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Multidisciplinary Studies (Eberly)

The Multidisciplinary Studies Program is comprised of three related minors. The program does not limit students to courses of study in a particular area, but rather stresses the importance of breadth of knowledge and cross-disciplinary communication. The program emphasizes flexibility and combines specialized knowledge from individual disciplines with a unique ability to approach problems from divergent perspectives.

Students learn to apply their minors to real-world problems through a community-based internship and to apply multidisciplinary techniques in communicating the strengths of their self-chosen course of study.

Students in the Multidisciplinary Studies program are able to take advantage of the vast resources available in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, but are not limited to any one of the University’s colleges when making decisions as to which minors to pursue. Thus, students in multidisciplinary studies are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the excellence of West Virginia University’s faculty across the entire spectrum of academic offerings.

Career Profile

Multidisciplinary studies helps to bridge what have become increasingly specialized, disparate and segmented fields of study within American universities. The ability to approach problems from an interdisciplinary perspective is an increasingly valuable skill in today’s highly specialized society.

Holders of multidisciplinary studies degrees often enter the same fields as graduates of more traditional majors such as communication studies or business administration. These include positions in management or sales or in industries such as hotel/hospitality, pharmaceutical, insurance or retail. Employment opportunities for individuals who have learned divergent methods of solving problems are also available in education, social services and government.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology ENGL 101 Composition And Rhetoric CS 101 Intro-Computer Applications WVUE 191 First Year Seminar

Senior Year

MDS 489 Capstone MDS 492 Directed Study COMM 305 Appreciation-Motion Pictures ADV 419 Advertising Strategies SOCA 302 Deviant Behavior

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.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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