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Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

Program Details

Liberty University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree.  The flexible format allows busy professional students to earn a valuable degree to advance in current positions or to enter the workforce with a new career.  The program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to achieve inpidual goals and will lay the foundation for future educational aspirations.

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies is designed for the adult learner with college credit in varied education disciplines. The Interdisciplinary Studies program gives students the opportunity to combine previous academic and work experiences in two or three distinct cognates, resulting in a shorter time frame for degree completion.  The interdisciplinary degree option is especially convenient for military or public servicemen with previous college credit or life experience in more than one academic concentration. The coursework focuses on developing strong professional skills in writing, reading and speaking, as well as the analytical reasoning, library research and computer literacy needed in other organizations.  To parallel previously earned credit, students may tailor the 120-credit-hour degree plan by selecting cognates of invididual interest or topics relative to prior learning.

Liberty University recognizes prior learning and experiences as academic credit toward the online degree.  Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is only applicable to undergraduate degree programs and students should be aware that before applying for PLA, credits deemed acceptable will be viewed only as transfer credit and will not be accepted as credit taken through Liberty University.  The awarding of credits and the determination of applicability of those credits to degree completion requirements can only be made after official review by a Prior Learning Assessor.

The degree curriculum requires students to channel academic coursework into two or three concentrations.  The concentration, or cognates, will account for 45 credit hours and can include:



Criminal Justice

Management Information Systems



Education and/or Special Education (no prior experience or training is needed for the general education or special education cognate. It does not lead to teacher licensure nor certification, but is an excellent stepping stone toward earning a Master of Education.)

The remaining 75 credit hours embody the general education courses, giving students the broad spectrum of an advanced education in the basics of composition and literature,  communications, math, worldviews, natural science, history, social science, humanities,  philosophy and contemporary ideas, survey of biblical literature and Christian thought.  The B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies serves as a foundation for students wishing to pursue higher educational goals, and can provide an excellent steppingstone toward earning a master’s degree.

Accreditation & Licensing

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is the regional accrediting body for southern states.


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