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The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies is an excellent degree for those who have academic credit in a variety of disciplines. Candidates for this program ordinarily are not on-track for a traditional major and often have a significant career path established. The major is established through college credits you have earned and/or will earn in four different academic disciplines.
  • About the Program
  • Meet the Faculty
  • Learning Outcomes
  • NCA-Accredited Online Program

Get more information about the Multidisciplinary Studies program at Siena Heights University.

The major in multidisciplinary studies is designed for students with several years of college experience in a variety of academic disciplines.  The major requires 15 semester hours of credit in each of four areas: arts and humanities, natural science and math, social and behavioral sciences, and applied science & professional studies.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Major

A. Arts & Humanities (15 semester hours)

  • Art, Communication Arts, English, Foreign Language, History, Music, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

B. Natural Science & Mathematics (15 semester hours)

  • Biology, Chemistry, Computer and Information Systems, Physical Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physical Anthropology, Physics, and One Lab Science.

C. Social & Behavioral Science (15 semester hours)

  • Cultural Anthropology, Economics, Cultural Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

D. Applied Science & Professional Studies (15 semester hours)

  • Accounting, Business Administration,Child Development, Community Services, Criminal Justice, Economics,Education, Finance, Health Care Management,  Management, Marketing, Human Services Administration, , Public Services Administration, Social Work, and  Technology Management

E. Total for Major (60 semester hours, 15 of which need to be taken at Siena Heights University at the 300-400 level distributed over 3 of 4 categories)

F. General Education

  • Students transferring 60 or more semester hours: (20-22 semester hours)
  • Students transferring less than 60 semester hours: (30-38 semester hours)

G. General Electives

  • For students transferring in more than 60 semester hours: (35-38 semester hours)
  • For students transferring in less than 60 semester hours: (22-25 semester hours)

H. Total for Degree (120 semester hours)

  • Note: No grades below a 2.0 allowed in the major
  • Note: No “Developmental Credit” as defined by courses numbered below 100 in the major

Associate of Arts Degree Major

A. Humanities (9 semester hours)

  • Art, Communication Arts, English, Foreign Language, History, Music, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

B. Social Science (9 semester hours)

  • Political Science, Psychology, Economics, and Sociology

C. Natural Science and Mathematics (8 semester hours)

  • Biology, Chemistry, Computer and Information Systems, Mathematics, and Physics. At least one course in this category must be a science course with a laboratory.

D. Applied Science or Professional Studies (9 semester hours)

  • Accounting, Business Administration, Child Development, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Finance, Hospitality Management, Management, Marketing, and Social Work

E. Total for Major (35 semester hours, 9 of which must be taken at Siena Heights University, distributed over 3 of 4 categories)

F. General Education (depends on courses selected in major) 14-16 semester hours

G. General Electives (9-11 semester hours)

H. Total for Degree (60 semester hours)

  • Note: No grades below a 2.0 allowed in the major
  • Note: No “Developmental Credit” as defined by courses numbered below 100 in the major

Meet the Multidisciplinary Studies faculty members.

Dunne, Thomas Aquinas

Dunne, Thomas Aquinas

Professor of Philosophy248-799-5490
Himelhoch, Carol R.

Himelhoch, Carol R.

Professor of Management734-996-4521
Ryder, Gail

Ryder, Gail

Associate Professor of Humanities248-799-5490
Sam, James

Sam, James

Professor of Social Sciences800-787-7784
Winstrom, Michael R.

Winstrom, Michael R.

Associate Professor of Philosophy248-799-5490

Learn about the learning outcomes for the Multidisciplinary Studies Program

The Multidisciplinary Studies program provides an opportunity for students to pull together several years of previous college experience in a variety of academic disciplines. Students in the Multidisciplinary Studies program will reflect the following competencies:

  1. Communication: the ability to express ideas in writing, verbally and visually
  2. Creativity: the ability to develop original ideas or use common solutions in unique ways
  3. Analytical ability: the skill to effectively separate a complex problem into its component parts in order to identify solutions
  4. Integrative thinking: the ability to detect interrelationships among component parts and assess their importance in creating solutions

These are skills employers seek and a cornerstone of the Multidisciplinary Studies program.

Learn more about how to complete your degree completely online as a cohort, or group


Siena Heights University’s NCA-Accredited Online Program is designed for students to complete their degree completely online as a cohort, or group, benefiting from the experiences of other cohort members. 


Students complete 30 semester hours or 10 courses by attending classes in an online format over a period of 20 months. Each course runs one at a time, every 8 weeks. Participants log-in to the online delivery system, eCollege, via the Web. Course work, assignments, and threaded discussions can be accessed at any time and from any location where Web access is available.

Additional Info

Degree:

  • Associate of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts

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  • Division of Academic and Career Services

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Meet Siena

Students

Sara Skinner

Sara Skinner

Multidisciplinary Studies, Management, SHU@LMC

Alumni

Dan Malley '85

Dan Malley '85

General Studies Graduate; President of Malley's Chocolates, Cleveland, Ohio
Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
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