What will I learn?

Become a master interdisciplinarian. Prepare for future challenges by integrating two concentration areas you are passionate about. Select from more than 100 possibilities!

Program Description

The ASU interdisciplinary studies degree, one of the top five in the country, offers students the freedom to select two concentration areas from a rich menu of more than 140 possibilities (concentration check sheets may be seen at The core curriculum provides students the intellectual tools to integrate their concentration areas, engage in transdisciplinary problem-solving and prepare for careers and graduate programs that increasingly cross disciplinary boundaries.

An interdisciplinary studies student could choose to integrate concentrations like music and business, psychology and social welfare, communication and justice studies, public administration and ethics, digital culture and computer gaming, or many other unique combinations.

Interdisciplinary studies is an approach to answering questions, solving problems and addressing contemporary social issues from multiple perspectives. Interdisciplinary studies students take an active role in designing their educational plans and defining their career goals. The degree emphasizes written communication, versatility, self-assessment and critical thinking --- essential skills for today's dynamic world.

Those interested in the interdisciplinary studies online program may visit the ASU Online website for more information.

This major is eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program at the following location: Polytechnic campus. Students from Western states who select this major and campus may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition at a rate of 150 percent of Arizona resident tuition plus all applicable fees.

Career Opportunities

Because of the flexibility of the interdisciplinary studies program, graduates take many exciting career paths after leaving ASU. While some students complete graduate or professional degrees, others immediately enter the job market. For example, one graduate combined business and communication and now owns a small business; another integrated sociology and family studies to further a career in law enforcement; another studied philosophy and economics to prepare for law school; another combined biology and chemistry in preparation to pursue a master of pharmacy degree; yet another studied Spanish and religious studies and now works as an employee trainer for a major company.

Possible career opportunities include:

  • archivist
  • chief executive
  • climate change analyst
  • compliance manager
  • computer network support specialist
  • curator
  • editor
  • environmental restoration planner
  • general and operations manager
  • regulatory affairs manager
  • reporters and correspondent
  • Web developer
  • wholesale and retail buyer (except farm products)

Which department am I in?

College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Study options

Full Time (120 hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,200.00 per year
Start date

20 August 2020

Venue

Downtown Phoenix Campus

University Center,

411 N Central Avenue,

PHOENIX,

Arizona,

85004, United States

Full Time (120 hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,200.00 per year
Start date

20 August 2020

Venue

Polytechnic Campus

Arizona State University,

POLYTECHNIC,

Arizona,

85212, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Academic requirements: First-year students must have a 3.00 grade point average (GPA) (a "B" or better where "A"=4.00) from a secondary school. Competency requirements - International students who attended four years of high school in the U.S. are required to meet the competency requirements: English - four years (composition/literature based); Math - four years (algebra I, geometry, algebra II and one course requiring algebra II as a prerequisite); Laboratory science - three years total (one year each from any of the following areas are accepted: biology, chemistry, earth science, integrated sciences, and physics); Social science - two years (including one year American history); Foreign language - two years (same language); Fine arts: one year. International students who completed high school outside the U.S. are required to meet the following competency requirements: Math - four years (algebra I, geometry, algebra II and one course requiring algebra II as a prerequisite); Laboratory science - three years total (one year each from any of the following areas are accepted: biology, chemistry, earth science, integrated sciences and physics).

For international students

Academic requirements

Freshmen must have a 3.00 grade point average (a "B" or better where "A"=4.00) from a secondary school.

Competency requirements

International students who attended four years of high school in the U.S. are required to meet the competency requirements.

English: four years (composition/literature based)

Math: four years (algebra I, geometry, algebra II and one course requiring algebra II as a prerequisite)

Laboratory science: three years total (one year each from any of the following areas are accepted: biology, chemistry, earth science, integrated sciences, and physics)

Social science: two years (including one year American history)

Foreign language: two years (same language).

Fine arts: one year

International students who completed high school outside the U.S. are required to meet the following competency requirements:

Math: four years (algebra I, geometry, algebra II and one course requiring algebra II as a prerequisite)

Laboratory science: three years total (one year each from any of the following areas are accepted: biology, chemistry, earth science, integrated sciences, and physics)

English proficiency scores: TOEFL: 61 (iBT); IELTS: minimum 6.0; PTE: minimum 53.

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