Oct 23, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 

Multidisciplinary Studies Major (BA)

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Multidisciplinary Studies Major- Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Please see the UNLV College of Liberal Arts, Multidisciplinary Studies web page at www.unlv.edu/interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary-studies for information about department programs, faculty and facilities.

Please see advising information at the UNLV Wilson Advising Center at www.liberalarts.unlv.edu/WAC/.


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org

Learning Outcomes

  1. Design and complete an individualized and interdisciplinary course of study not currently offered at UNLV.
  2. Identify connections between academic disciplines and engage in interdisciplinary problem-solving.
  3. Articulate and apply interdisciplinary theories, research methods, and critical perspectives incorporating at least two academic disciplines.
  4. Communicate ideas in written and oral form.
  5. Demonstrate competency in relevant communication technologies.
  6. Build an intellectual foundation to support continuous learning.

University Graduation Requirements


Multidisciplinary Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

 (see notes 1-2 below)

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 36-40 Credits

 (see note 3 below)

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Constitutions - Credits: 4-6

Mathematics - Credits: 3

MATH 120 or above

Distribution Requirement - Credits 18-19

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 9 Credits
    • Two courses 3 credits each from two different humanities areas - 6 credits
    • One course in fine arts- 3 credits
  • Social Science
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirements
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking: 9-10 credits

Multicultural and International

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: http://facultysenate.unlv.edu/students.

Major Requirements - BA in Multidisciplinary Studies - Subtotal:

 (see notes 4-5 below)



Electives - Option A: Credits: 8-12

(see note 6 below)

Electives - Option B: Credits: 5-9

 (see note 7 below)

Total Credits: 120


  1. A minimum of 42 upper-division hours are required for the completion of the degree. 
  2. In order to successfully complete their degree, students must obtain a C or better in all IDS courses.
  3. No courses counted towards the General Education core can be applied to the areas of study, except for the multicultural or international requirement.
  4. All courses in the areas of study must be taken prior to IDS 495. Students can take summer courses and still walk in the May graduation as long as they do not take any IDS courses or any courses to be used in the areas of study. Students who wish to participate in the May graduation are limited to twelve summer credits.
  5. A student can use a maximum of three credits of private lessons toward an area of study. A student may apply up to a maximum of four physical activity credits combined (PEX) as electives for graduation.
  6. Students who choose Option A must complete two areas of study with a minimum of 21 credits in each. A minimum of 18 credits in each area of study must be selected from upper-division courses.
  7. Students who choose Option B must complete three areas of study with a minimum of 15 credits in each. A minimum of 12 credits in each area of study must be selected from upper-division courses.


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