B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies

With an intentional focus on scholarship, faith integration, diversity, and internationalization, APU provides high-quality academic programs within a tight-knit community of disciples and scholars.

54 units

Mission

The interdisciplinary studies major is an individualized academic program that crosses diverse fields of study. This degree allows students whose vocational or intellectual goals do not lead them to an existing degree program the opportunity to explore many different disciplines, gleaning important perspectives, knowledge, and skills while working toward a singular degree. As part of the degree program, students benefit from guidance in exploring and discerning vocational calling for themselves and others. Ultimately, the program allows students to design a major around multiple interests and with a core of vocational exploration and development that helps them identify their vocational calling and prepare for vocations that cross disciplinary boundaries.

Requirements

Exploring and Discerning Vocation Core
LDRS 322Leadership Strengths and Skills3
MINC 200Introduction to Contemporary Christian Ministries3
MIN 300Writing 3: Culture and Ministry 1, 23
MIN 417The Art of Leadership3
MNCE 415Practical Theology and Vocational Engagement3
VOC 450Interdisciplinary Internship 33
Courses in 2-3 disciplinary areas of at least 12 units each; 15 of the 36 units must be upper-division and 6 units must be at the 400 level.36
Total Units54

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Vocational Identity: Demonstrate a growing understanding of how God has uniquely created them in relation to personal gifts and strengths.
  2. Virtuous Character: Explain a commitment to and a personal plan for becoming a person of virtuous character.
  3. Faithful Engagement: Articulate how God is at work in their chosen field and how they can contribute to that work.
  4. Career Development: Outline a personal career plan with clear timelines and action steps.
  5. Vocational Coaching: Skillfully utilize resources, competencies, and skills to help others understand and pursue a vocational calling.
  6. Creative Integration: Thoughtfully and innovatively integrate interdisciplinary competencies in writing and professional practice.
  7. Skilled Execution: Demonstrate a cross-disciplinary approach to critical thinking, problem solving, and various intellectual and practical competencies.