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Global and Intercultural Understanding

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 120
Cost Per Credit: $500

College of Humanities

Program Details

Understand the customs, cultures, mores, practices, contributions and struggles of peoples around the globe. Through ethnographic accounts, students will learn about various ways of life throughout the world and gain the academic preparation needed to succeed in an increasingly global workforce. The knowledge of culture, geography, history, literature, communications and public policy gained with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Global and Intercultural Understanding forms a solid foundation for a variety of careers. Graduates can work in international business, foreign relations, translation, outreach or education. This focus theme also prepares students for law school and graduate studies in public administration, anthropology, international studies and public health.

Interdisciplinary Studies, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields.

As of Fall 2022, transfer students can apply up to 75 credits to their degree plan for Interdisciplinary Studies.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


Potential courses within this program are listed below. Work with your advisor to choose your specific path.

MUS 337: Survey of Mexican Folk Music
AFAS/GWS 342: Writers, Women and the Gods
GEOG 367: Population Geography
HIST/MENA 381A: History of Muslim Societies



Earning your Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Global and Intercultural Understanding will build core skills, including:

  • Communication skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Cultural understanding
  • Historic and cultural preservation
  • Problem solving
  • Research
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Writing
  • Project management
  • Customer relationship management
  • Product knowledge
  • Business development
  • Auditing
  • Billing
  • Invoicing
  • Administrative support
  • Data entry
  • New product development
  • Purchasing
  • Business to business
  • Process improvement
  • Workflow management

Graduates of the Global and Intercultural Understanding program will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

      • Operations Supervisor
      • Operations Managers
      • Human Resources Generalist
      • Recruiter
      • Product Manager
      • Customer Service Representative
      • Customer Service Associate
      • Real Estate Agent
      • Leasing Consultant