Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

This program is offered at the Memphis and Desoto Campuses.

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies offers students a unique opportunity to enhance their education, prepare to serve Christ in their unique roles in His kingdom, and individually format their curriculum.

Interdisciplinary Studies is a bachelor’s degree that permits less specialization than is required for other majors.  Students fulfill their interdisciplinary major with 42 hours of course work from two to four area concentrations, rather than a single subject major. At least 9 hours must be taken in each area.  The course of study culminates in a capstone experience under the supervision of the dean.


Through career-specific advising, students earning an interdisciplinary degree will benefit from:

  • A customized general studies degree program that will include beneficial courses added to the student's course of study.
  • Students will complete a final paper/project that ties all of their coursework and assists in preparation for their careers.
  • Selection of coursework that is relevant to their current or desired career path.

Curriculum Summary

Students desiring a degree in interdisciplinary studies degree will be required to complete 124 hours for the degree.  Students must fulfill their interdisciplinary major with:

  • 42 hours of course work from 2-5 areas.
  • At least 9 hours must be taken in each area and 30 hours must be 300-400 level courses.
  • A maximum of 64 hours can be transferred from a two year college, remaining hours up to a maximum of 93 hours can be from a four year degree granting institution.
  • A minimum of 31 hours must be taken at Belhaven University including at least 50% of the major.
  • Disciplines can be in any area which can be found at a regionally accredited liberal arts institution, regardless of whether or not the discipline is offered at Belhaven.
  • PLA can apply toward a discipline at the 100-200 level.

Upon declaring as an Interdisciplinary Studies degree, the student must meet with their enrollment professional. The enrollment professional will work with the student to identify appropriate courses to finish out the degree program. The student and Dean must agree to and sign a contract for completion and any deviation would need to be approved by the Dean.