Design your degree: You'll do that here.

With a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, you call the shots. You’ll choose 2-4 areas of study that fit your goals and create a degree custom to you.

In addition to your online course work, you'll have the opportunity for real-world experience through internships, the study-abroad program, clinical opportunities, student teaching, or research.

If you’re struggling finding an online degree that aligns with your interests and goals, you may want to consider the interdisciplinary studies major. Choose from 2-4 areas of study that fit your goals and create a degree, customized to your preferences, and needs.

What You'll Do

As an online interdisciplinary major at Southeast, you’ll earn the communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills employers are looking for. More specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Take general studies courses to build a solid foundation of knowledge.
  • Continue working, secure an internship or balance life’s other responsibilities by taking online courses.
  • Work with experienced faculty across disciplines to create a varied professional network.

What Can You Do with an Interdisciplinary Studies Degree?

An interdisciplinary studies degree opens the door to a variety of opportunities. With areas of study spanning across many industries, you can graduate with the knowledge tailored for a specific dream job, or be prepared to take on positions across multiple fields.

The bachelor of interdisciplinary studies is ideal for degree-seekers with one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Interests in a combination of the approved areas of emphasis
  • Fewer than 75 credit hours
  • Interest in earning a four-year degree, without a requirement for, or interest in, a specific major
  • Seeking a degree for personal enrichment

Southeast by the Numbers

  • 97%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating from Southeast are employed or enrolled in grad school within a year.

  • 15+

    Areas of Emphasis

    Students can choose from a list of 15 areas of emphasis to build their degree.

  • 100%

    Of Programs Offer Real-world Opportunities

    Students can earn hand-on experience through internships, study-abroad, and in-class experiences.

  • $307.50

    Per Credit Hour

    Southeast Online offers a tuition rate of $307.50 per credit hour no matter where you live.

Online: Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree

Interdisciplinary Studies Curriculum

The interdisciplinary degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
    • Course 1
    • Course 2
  • Constitution requirement – 3 hours
    • Course 1
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
    • Course 1
    • Course 2
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
    • Course 1
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
    • Course 1
    • Course 2
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
    • Course 1
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
    • Course 1
    • Course 2
    • Course 3
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
    • UI100/Course 1
    • Course 2
    • Course 3 (if needed to reach 42 hours
    • Civics examination

You must have at least 12 hours in each area with a maximum per area of 30 hours. In addition, you must also include at least 39 hours of upper level hours into your plan. Up to 21 hours of elective credit can be used to reach the required 120 hour minimum requirement for a bachelor’s degree.

Choose 2-4 Areas of Interest

Current Areas of Emphasis Offered:

  • Business
    • Subsets available in:
      • Accounting
      • Business Administration
      • Management
      • Marketing
  • Child Development
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • ESL
  • Family Studies
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Healthcare Management
  • History
  • Industrial Engineering & Technology
  • Information Systems
  • Mass Media
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Additional areas of emphasis may be available depending on prior credits


  • Full Term: Aug. - Dec. (3 hours)
  • Full Term: Aug. - Dec. (3 hours)
  • Full Term: Aug. - Dec. (3 hours)
  • 1st 8 Week: Aug. - Oct. (3 hours)
  • 2nd 8 Week: Oct. - Dec. (3 hours)
  • Total: 15 hours


  • Wintersession: Dec. - Jan. (3 hours)
  • Full Term: Jan. - May. (3 hours)
  • Full Term: Jan. - May. (3 hours)
  • 1st 8 Week: Jan. - Mar. (3 hours)
  • 2nd 8 Week: Mar. - May. (3 hours)
  • Total: 15 hours


  • 1st 4 Week: June (3 hours)
  • 8 Week: June-July (3 hours)
  • 2nd 4 Week: July (3 hours)
  • Total: 9 hours

College of Humanities and Social Sciences 

This degree is housed within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The College prepares students for lifelong careers. We boast programs that train students in problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, organization, and adaptability. Skills employers value, so we prepare you for basically any career field.

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Online Learning at Southeast

When it comes to your success, we do whatever it takes. Online learning at Southeast takes the same reputable college courses taught by Southeast faculty and makes them available anytime, anywhere.

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

Preparing you with the critical workforce skills to be a confident, competitive job candidate in today's ever-changing marketplace.

Alumni of the College of Humanities and Social Science are employed by:

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