What You'll Study
In this program, you build your major to fit your individual needs or desires, instead of meeting the more structured requirements of other majors. Interdisciplinary studies can easily combine courses in the liberal arts with courses from professional programs. For example, you could combine political science with criminal justice, or social work with theater.
To receive an Interdisciplinary Studies degree, you must complete:
- 42 credits of general education courses
- 18 credits from one academic discipline (6 of these need to be 300-400 level)
- 12 credits from a second academic discipline
- A final portfolio project
- 38 credits of free electives
- 120 total credits
- In line with PASSHE requirements, 42 of your 120 credits need to be upper division (typically 300-400 level) coursework.
- Flexibility: Scheduling life is demanding. If you're a student who needs to get a degree within the traditional four years, but can't achieve this because of limited course offerings, interdisciplinary studies gives you the freedom and flexibility to select from a wider assortment of options that may uniquely appeal to you, or which provide the flexibility of scheduling courses that, especially for students with family or work obligations, need to accommodate a limited window of availability.
- Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. Find more information here.
- Study Abroad: Traveling to exotic locations such as Madrid or Melbourne can be exciting and life changing, but there is always the concern that study abroad will negatively affect your progress toward graduation. With an interdisciplinary studies major, you can typically study abroad for a semester, or even a full year, without the loss of credits toward the completion of your degree.
- Internships: Lock Haven University allows you to earn up to 15 internship credits and have them count toward your degree at LHU. Expectations are negotiated with the faculty sponsor but usually include, at a minimum: a daily log, a reaction paper, an abstract, and a positive evaluation from the site supervisor. In order to be eligible for internship credit, you must have completed 60 credits and have a 2.5 overall GPA.