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Interdisciplinary Studies
Online Bachelor's Degree Program

Build a degree, build your career

  • Transfer up to 90 credits from prior college education
  • 40 of 90 credits are open electives without any restrictions or expiration date!
  • 100% online classes + professional studies capstone
  • Tuition: $390 per credit
  • Build your degree: pick 2 of 4 career-focused disciplines: business, IT network security, criminal justice and healthcare administration
Waived enrollment fee Classes start March 8th
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Earning your bachelor's degree IS possible with Herzing

There isn’t a perfect degree program for every job. An evolving global economy rewards a flexible workforce prepared with a strong foundation in real, career-focused knowledge and skills.

The online interdisciplinary studies program is built for job-seeking students looking to complete their bachelor’s degree and build their own unique career path.

Get qualified for the job you really want:

  • Career coaching from day 1 and beyond including no cost lifetime career readiness and employment coaching
  • Enhance critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills applicable to virtually every discipline
  • Get your degree in less time at less cost – program length will vary depending on credits transferred
Classes Start February 8th

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Interdisciplinary Studies

What is an interdisciplinary studies degree?

For job applicants holding a high school diploma and no college degree, finding “bachelor’s degree” listed as required education on every job posting can be very discouraging.

A bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies is a great choice if you’re looking for a degree to best qualify you for the job you want.

Transfer up to 90 credits from prior college courses, earn your bachelor’s degree faster and begin building your exciting new career.

All from the comfort of your own home. Herzing’s program is 100% online.



Interdisciplinary studies is the combination of two or more disciplines into a single path of study.

It is where multiple well-beaten educational paths intersect and create something new.


Choose online classes that are right for you

By choosing 2 of 4 discipline areas, your education will include classes spanning a wide variety of subjects. You can build the curriculum you need to help you excel in your unique career path.

All classes are delivered online.

Program Months* Credits
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies 32 120

*Average number of months for students to complete program
Program availability varies by location

Required Courses in IPS

All courses, 6.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Concentration Areas-Choose Two

18.00 semester credit hours, in each chosen area, are required.

Required Courses in Business Concentration

All courses, 18.00 semester credit hours, are required.


Required Courses in Network Security Concentration
All courses, 18.00 semester credit hours, are required.


Required Courses in Criminal Justice Concentration

All courses, 18.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Courses in Healthcare Administration Concentration
All courses, 18.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Open Elective Courses

A minimum of 40.00 semester credit hours is required.

Required Courses in General Education

Students enrolled in this bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 36.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline. 12.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications   9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities   6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics   3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science   6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences Transfer students may transfer courses that are within 1.00 semester credit hour of the courses listed above to meet these discipline requirements. Any resulting deficiency in the total of 36.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

A minimum of 2.00 semester credit hours is required.


Interdisciplinary studies program enrollment prerequisites

Enrollment requirements include:

  1. Hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
  2. Meet with a Herzing University admissions advisor
  3. Fill out an enrollment application
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Enrollment fee WAIVED now through March 31st

Find out which degree program is right for you. Call 1-800-596-0724 to learn more about Herzing's programs.


What can I do with a degree in interdisciplinary studies?

Herzing University’s interdisciplinary studies degree program emphasizes a career-focused course of study across four unique areas:

  • Business
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Network Security
  • Criminal Justice

You can customize a degree program tailored to your career goals consisting of two of these professional discipline areas.

An additional 40 credits in open elective courses allows you further opportunity to specialize your degree to emphasize what’s most relevant to your personalized career path.


Frequently Asked Questions

The primary difference between a BS and BA degree is the general positioning of their curriculums:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA): typically concerns a wider variety of liberal arts subjects not directly related to the major. Offered in fields such as the humanities, social sciences, foreign languages and communication.
  • Bachelor of Science (BS): typically more strictly focused on the subject matter directly related to the major. Often offered in technical subjects like computer science, physical sciences, nursing or mathematics.

All of Herzing University’s programs are highly career-focused, designed to provide the education you need to position you for the job you want and excel in your career.

General and interdisciplinary studies (sometimes called “integrated studies”) are often used interchangeably, but there is a fundamental difference between the two types of degree programs.

General studies programs typically cover a wide variety of course topics to provide students with broad skills in critical thinking to encourage lifelong learning.

Interdisciplinary/integrated studies programs are more career-focused than general studies, a combination of disciplines designed to help students pursue a particular career path.


Earning a bachelor’s degree emphasizing your unique skillset helps you develop the foundational knowledge you need to find a great job and truly excel.

The first step to a new exciting career of your choosing IS possible with Herzing University.

A major is a primary discipline of study and a degree is the credential you earn proving your proficiency in any particular major.

There isn’t always a degree designed for every major.

That’s where an interdisciplinary studies degree can fill the gap. Combine concentrations and develop a foundational education in multiple disciplines to fully prepare for new opportunities bridging multiple established industries.

Degrees in general, multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary studies are by their nature more flexible that alternatives more focused to specific industries.

Herzing University offers many flexible alternatives for online bachelor’s degree programs devoted more exclusively to business, healthcare, public safety or technology, including:

Each degree option offers courses designed to help you qualify for many types of jobs within their respective areas of focus.

There are many advantages to earning a degree spanning multiple disciplines, including:

  1. Better qualify for the job. Employers with a unique approach to their workforce may require a unique set of skills, and an interdisciplinary studies degree with relevant concentrations can help show you’ve got what it takes.
  2. Adaptability. The modern economy is always in flux and there isn’t always a degree relevant to every new opportunity. A multidisciplinary focus can help you adapt more smoothly to changes within your field.
  3. Earn your degree faster. Depending on the prior college classes you’ve taken, you may be able to transfer much more of your credit compared to a traditional bachelor’s degree program.

According to 2017 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, bachelor’s degree holders can earn a significantly higher salary than those with no degree. Bachelor’s-level occupations earned a median annual wage of $72,830 per year, nearly double the $37,690 median wage across all U.S. occupations.

The BLS also projects a greater employment increase among jobs typically requiring a bachelor’s degree. They report bachelor’s-level occupations are expected to grow 10% from 2016-2026—compared to the 7% projected average for all occupations.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography and degree field, affect career outcomes. Herzing does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salary.

A few possible ways students can build a degree to match the career of their choice:

  1. Students working in a healthcare institution looking ahead to qualify for administrative positions may concentrate their study in business and healthcare administration.
  2. Students working in IT interested in working in the government or public safety fields may consider concentrating in network security and criminal justice.
  3. Students who dream of running their own business in the fast-paced technology industry may choose to concentrate in business and network security.

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The Interdisciplinary of Professional Studies program provides a course of study that allows a student to explore connections between traditional academic areas, and to pursue their emerging scholarly interests in the intersections between multiple disciplines and methodologies. This program offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore more than one discipline while developing strengths in multiple fields. Students will work closely with their advisers and professors to select courses from across the curriculum that will maximize their ability to simultaneously consider a topic, subject, or problem from the differing perspectives of independent disciplines. The customized degree plan allows students to achieve their academic goals within the parameters of degree requirements and prerequisites. The interdisciplinary program equips students with a broad array of relevant skills that provide entry into a multitude of occupational opportunities.

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When I started going to school at Herzing, I was stuck at a dead-end job. The only light at the end of the tunnel was my education. I knew that a degree in the medical field would provide me with a lot of opportunities in the future.  My advice for others is to never give up on yourself. Earning your degree is difficult, but so very rewarding.
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