COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES
This program has three mandatory courses that are critical to the development of your problem-solving interdisciplinary thinking. Year one’s course exposes you to resources, skills, and a plan to properly prepare for an optimum experience with degree style and for career preparedness. Year two’s course is a hands-on placement in the your community that will combine with in-class work and objectives. Year three’s capstone course allows the you to present solutions for an issue you’ve uncovered in your field of choice. These combined experiential learning components and Capstone Challenge will provide you with opportunities to strengthen the analytical, planning, problem-solving, and communication skills that are in great demand across many career fields.
The Interdisciplinary Studies Degree requires a total of 120 credits – all available 100% online. The credits are comprised of:
Students of this program must also:
Students must complete three Foundation Courses:
Students must complete at least five relevant courses (15 credits) from each of their two clusters of choice. With the assistance of an advisor, students will choose two of the following ten, in which to base their custom degree plan.
Global Studies explores past and present processes of globalization, emphasizing the complex interactions among these global processes, regional and local cultures, and societal structures with an emphasis on non-western societies.
Organizations and Leadership focuses on understanding the many paths to creating and sustaining organizations, communities, and societies as well as leadership principles that promote organizational excellence such as understanding change, how it occurs, when it is needed, how it affects a group, and persuading individuals and groups to work toward a common goal. This cluster prepares students to become informed participants and leaders in private and public sector organizations.
Professional and Technical Communication develops students’ facility to convey ideas and concepts in business, technology, research, and government. This specialization includes rhetorical theory and conventions for crafting communications for a range of audiences, including specialists and non-experts. Students pursuing this area can choose to prepare themselves to work in corporate communications, marketing, advertising, public relations, technical writing, and grant writing.
Health, Science, and Society studies how health sciences, medical research, social perceptions and public policy intersect, and how these distinct sectors inform and shape one another. Study in this cluster will prepare students to coordinate the findings of medical and health research with public perceptions and concerns, and develop responsible educational programs and policies to foster community safety and well being.
Inventing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is an affordable option with discounted tuition rates for non resident, fully online students. And of course, you will save money not having to drive to campus! Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in.
Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page.
Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
The completion timeline for this degree varies greatly because students can transfer in courses from previous accredited universities. You will create a custom degree plan and degree completion timeline with your advisor.
Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first time student, a transfer student, or an international student.
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Courses at CU Denver are offered three times a year - fall, spring, and summer. Not all courses are available every semester. For most programs, courses last 15 weeks, plus one week for finals. This is a big commitment, but we believe the extra time you spend dedicated to your studies pays off!
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Learning
This course will prepare students to:
Interdisciplinary Experiential Learning
Through outside-the-classroom experiences, students will develop self-directed learning skills, as well as be exposed to—and better understand—the complexities of their interdisciplinary learning. Choosing an internship, community-based project, or job extension, students will collaborate with peers to design projects in this highly student-driven course.
This course will bring together students who have been working on their individualized majors to share a capstone experience, with the goal of integrating knowledge from their two clusters and applying their knowledge to a Capstone Challenge project relevant to their field of interest. Students will develop a written paper and videotaped presentation addressing a question, dilemma, or challenge that is authentic to their professional domain of interest.