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Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Program

General Studies Degree Online - Interdisciplinary Studies Degree
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Forge a unique career path—design your own major

Finish your bachelor’s degree in 2017! Apply now and start classes on Jan. 3. Other Winter Term start dates available.

The problems many organizations face are simply too broad or overly complex to be adequately dealt with by any single profession. The breakthrough innovation required to solve these problems often results from the cross-pollination of ideas where siloed thinking and rigid roles make room for invention and creative problem-solving.

As such, today’s companies require flexible thinkers; those who can survey a wide range of sources, synthesize key insights, and recommend actionable strategies to propel their organization into the future.

Customize your major and expand your career opportunities

Franklin University’s Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST) Program is our most customizable major. With this degree program, you won’t be tethered to any specific industry. Instead, you’ll open yourself up to multiple career options across a variety of industries. Because this highly customizable field of academic study lets you gain knowledge from multiple disciplines, you’ll be equipped to creatively respond to complex organizational issues or societal problems.

This major hones your critical-thinking and problem-solving capabilities, tuning you in to the needs of both community and business. And at Franklin, you’ll develop highly desirable, cross-functional skills in high demand among hiring managers and prospective employers.

Create your academic degree program around your interests

With Franklin’s IDST Major, you’ll design a unique program of course offerings that blends disciplines to align with your professional or personal interests.  In addition to completing general education and core IDST classes, you’ll choose two focus areas from among the 30+ available, or create your own. Then you’ll pull it all together in a hands-on capstone project, where you’ll apply the knowledge gained in both focus areas to solve a real-world challenge.

As part of the experience, you’ll demonstrate a broad professional range with a personalized ePortfolio, which you'll develop for course credit. The ePortfolio demonstrates your career value by showcasing your ability to leverage key learnings and synthesize ideas.

Personalize your education around your career goals

The Interdisciplinary Studies Major at Franklin is truly a unique program. Whether you have a very specific combination of skills you’d like to acquire, are looking to combine coursework from two very different majors, or are looking to transfer credit from a diverse array of disciplines, IDST may be your best path forward.

Franklin’s IDST Program offers you the chance to try major area classes. If you change your mind, no problem, since your focus area courses can be applied to other fields of study. And, if you’re one of those people who can’t seem to “fit” into conventional degree programs, Interdisciplinary Studies helps you define what you really want to do and embark on a program of study specifically designed to assist you in finishing your degree.

Earn your degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your degree on your terms by taking classes 100% online or pursue available coursework at one of our Midwest locations. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today!


How Interdisciplinary Studies Works

Choose your own educational path by building a unique combination of skill sets, based on your interests, that reflect a broad professional range and proven problem solving abilities.

  1. As with all Franklin majors, general education courses set the foundation for future learning.
  2. The Interdisciplinary Core allows you to build upon that foundation by choosing five courses within the areas of Business and Technology, Communications, Humanities, Natural Sciences, or Social Sciences.
  1. Within the major area you choose 2 focus areas. In total there are 31 areas of focus, ranging from Accounting to Web Design.
  2. During your capstone, you will work with professionals currently employed in your chosen focus areas to respond to a complex, interdisciplinary challenge.

Increase your employability with the Interdisciplinary Studies program

The average person changes jobs 10 times in his or her career*.

Taking courses from different professional disciplines will broaden your skillset.

*According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Our Recipe For Your Success

Academic & Industry Experts

Classes are taught and designed by credentialed professionals with real-world experience.

  • Programs are designed by combining the insight of industry leaders with the academic expertise of our faculty, ensuring what you learn translates into on-the-job success.

  • Academic concepts and theories are brought to life through our teaching faculty’s professional expertise, and can be immediately applied in your career.

  • Faculty with industry experience teach our courses, not graduate students or life-time academics, so you learn not only the theories behind the practice but also how to apply them in real-world situations.

Relevant & Consistent Curriculum

What you learn is a reflection of the program you choose, not the format in which it’s applied.

  • All programs are designed for learning outcomes to flow from the program level into actual coursework.

  • This top-down approach allows credentialed professionals to customize assignments based on trending industry topics without deviating from a program’s core outcomes.

  • Regardless of your professor or the format of your class, you receive the same quality education.

Hands-On Learning Experience

Franklin's coursework teaches not only theories and concepts, but also how they apply to practical situations.


  • Professional course designers ensure that class activities such as learning simulations, case studies, interactive videos, and group exercises are relevant and appropriate.

  • A curriculum development team is dedicated to making sure all courses are intuitively designed so content is taught in a logical manner that facilitates your success in the classroom and beyond.

Continuously Evolving Programs

Consistent program reviews ensure our programs stay at the forefront of industry trends.

  • Survey results and feedback from student and faculty assessments are reviewed regularly so that our programs are always improving and up-to-date.

  • A structured review process helps identify industry gaps that guide curriculum enhancements allowing our academic and industry experts to regularly implement new industry trends.

  • Regular assessment provides hard data that is used to improve student learning and teaching methods.

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