Interdisciplinary Major

Bloomsburg University's interdisciplinary major requires students to complete 30 or 33 credit hours of courses that, with the help of an advisor, will be selected from multiple disciplines and be combined into a coherent academic program. 15 credits may be lower division (100 or 200 level); at least 12 credits must be upper division (300 or 400 level). A minimum of eight credits from each of two departments (for a total of at least 16 credits) are required. The remaining credits can come from any department or combination of departments. Students will also complete a 3- or 6-credit integrative senior capstone experience, INTSTUDY 425. The capstone project can be a service learning project or an academic project that demonstrates the student’s interdisciplinary skillset. During this capstone course, a student will also create an ePortfolio that documents that student’s experience with their interdisciplinary skillset. Students who complete a 6-credit capstone will need 33 total credit hours.

Program Director

Mark Decker, Ph.D.
Director of Interdisciplinary Studies

This major will benefit the following kinds of students:

Students whose undergraduate studies have been delayed or interrupted due to circumstances such as — but not limited to — military service, health-related issues, or family matters.

Transfer students and non-traditional students who are returning to college for personal or career advancement.

Students with unconventional academic interests who wish to design their own program of study will also be interested in Interdisciplinary Studies. These students’ intellectual interests may have led them out of the center of an established major into an area which interacts with one or more other disciplines.


Applying for Interdisciplinary Studies

Students who began their academic career at Bloomsburg University can apply for acceptance into this track after exploring the University’s undergraduate programs of study in established disciplines. New freshman cannot begin at BU as an Interdisciplinary Studies major. Transfer students can, with permission of the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, enroll as an Interdisciplinary Studies major.

Students whose academic interests can be addressed through regular departmental majors will be referred to those programs.

Students enrolled in Interdisciplinary Studies must meet all of Bloomsburg University’s requirements for graduation (e.g. general education requirements, all Interdisciplinary Studies major requirements, earning a minimum of 120 credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.0). Students must also achieve a 2.0 average in the classes they select for the major.

There is no application deadline. Accepted students will begin their course of study during the next semester.
Applicants seeking further information about this program should contact Mark Decker, Ph.D., Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at 570‐389‐4337

Transfer students should contact BU’s transfer admission’s counselor, Maramonne Houseknecht, 570-389-4867