The Interdisciplinary Studies program provides a framework within which interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary study can be undertaken at Shenandoah University.
The Bachelor of Arts degree allows students with unique or non-traditional education goals to undertake an individually designed major. The Bachelor of Arts in University Interdisciplinary Studies requires a proposed degree plan that describes the student’s academic and professional goals and lists the course of study to be taken to fulfill those goals. This proposal must be reviewed and approved by a faculty committee representing at least two disciplines from any participating undergraduate programs and a representative appointed by the vice president of academic affairs.
At Shenandoah University, you can take charge of your education and develop your own course of studies through our interdisciplinary studies program. If you’re a self-motivated and creative student, you can take courses in several university schools and work with faculty members to create a satisfying major that meets your academic interests and career goals.
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Shenandoah University's College of Arts & Sciences is your direct connection to a classic, broad-based education to satisfy both your intellectual curiosity and career goals. With a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, small classes and individualized learning opportunities, we put students at the center of all our decisions and events.
We blend the liberal arts with pre-professional courses and hands-on learning to prepare you for careers in the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. You’ll learn through small, engaging classes and relationships with faculty mentors; hone your skills to solve problems; and learn to use creativity and critical thinking to make informed decisions.
The Career Services office helps place Shenandoah students in internships related to their major and career goals. Internships differentiate you as an applicant in your future job searches, gives you hands on experience in your field, allows you to sample different career paths for your major, and helps your find a specific position that fits your passion before graduation.
Career and Salary Possibilities
The Career Services Office provides a comprehensive range of services and resources to assist Shenandoah students in their career search. Services offered include resume and cover letter building, mock interviews, and professional dining etiquette workshops.
- At least 36 credit hours, apportioned between at least two disciplines, that support the student’s academic and professional goals. Study in each discipline must include work in both the theory and the methodology of that field. At least 24 hours must be at the 300 or 400 level. No more than 12 hours of university general education hours may be counted toward this requirement.
- Core requirements of each of the academic units included. This shall include: a. Foreign language requirement in the College of Arts & Sciences. b. Courses specified for either the minor in Business or the minor in Entrepreneurship in the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business. c. Conservatory students will create an academic plan in the discipline area of Music, Theatre, Dance, Arts Management, or Music Production and Recording Technology. The proposal must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate discipline area faculty and the associate dean for undergraduate studies. d. This program does not include the School of Nursing or Division of Respiratory Care.
- A 3-credit senior research study, creative project or essay that reflects the integration of disciplines and experiences in the student’s self-designed degree plan.
- A senior comprehensive examination that integrates the disciplines of specialization. (No credit) The faculty committee evaluates the senior project and designs and administers the senior comprehensive exam.
Learning support services are available to all students in every course at Shenandoah. Free peer tutoring with a student who has previously succeeded in the course is available for any course across the university. The Writing Center is available for every stage of the writing process from thesis development to proofreading and bibliography assistance. The Math Enrichment Center is available for math and science assistance. Professors and Academic Advisors across the university also have office hours and open door policies to ensure Shenandoah students succeed academically.
Imagine participating in interesting conversations led by engaging professors who’ve already done what you dream of doing. You’ll be in a small class — the average class size is approximately 12 students — with professors who know your name, care about your success and provide advice as you pursue your academic and career goals.
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Make studying abroad the highlight of your college experience! Whether you go for a year, a semester, or just a few weeks. You will never forget learning in another culture! The Center for International Programs is here to help you plan your study abroad experience. Start your planning early to ensure the courses you complete abroad count toward your degree and you graduate on time.
Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program
The Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program offers Shenandoah students a short-term, faculty-led, study-abroad experience for academic credit. These short-term, credit-bearing, faculty-led programs are offered winter break, spring break, and during the summer. If a course is not within your major, it might be used as an elective.
Shenandoah University is a member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), a global network of 300 universities. This partnership allows students to study for a full semester or year at other member campuses abroad. By working closely with their academic advisors and the study abroad advisor, students can take classes taught in English abroad while receiving Shenandoah credit.
Shenandoah University also maintains direct partnerships with several universities around the world. These relationships allow students from SU to study abroad as exchange students and students from these universities to study at SU. All partner universities offer courses taught in English.