The programs described in this section are designed by California State University, Stanislaus to provide students with a unique course of study that incorporates traditional disciplines, as well as interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives. Whether through general education, a special baccalaureate major, or a custom-designed interdisciplinary master's degree, these programs approach the pursuit of learning in creative and alternative ways. The interdisciplinary programs also are designed with a living-learning community element that fosters students’ intellectual, personal, and professional growth.
Office: Vasché Library — L175
Phone: (209) 667-3531
The University offers multidisciplinary courses outside the departmental and school structure. These courses are given the MDIS prefix.
Strongly motivated students may design a special BA/BS interdisciplinary academic program leading to a degree not offered through existing programs. Students interested in a Special Major should seek a volunteer faculty advisory committee consisting of three professors from at least two disciplines. A program designed jointly with this faculty committee is then submitted for approval on a Request for Special Major Program form.
A Special Major program must comply with the standard graduation requirements listed under Baccalaureate Degree Requirements.The program must consist of at least 30 upper-division semester units in the major, of which 18 upper-division semester units must be completed after approval of the BA/BS Special Major by the Special Major Coordinator. Each college dean is responsible for supporting the Special Major program as the Special Major Coordinator. The student will be assigned to the college that houses the department of the lead faculty member.
Go to Special Major B.A. program page.
Go to Special Major B.S. program page.
Interdisciplinary Studies M.A./M.S.
Shawna Young, Ed.D., Program Director
Office: Mary Stuart Rogers Educational Services Gateway Building 160
Phone: (209) 667-3129
The MA/MS Interdisciplinary Studies program at CSU Stanislaus is an innovative program intended for students whose interests and needs do not fit within traditional master’s degree programs. Each Interdisciplinary Studies student custom-designs a course of study, combining two or more disciplines into a program with a distinct, coherent theme. The program is designed for exceptional, individual cases and provides an opportunity for self-directed learning and an educational experience specifically relevant to a student’s unique needs.
Go to Interdisciplinary Studies M.A./M.S. program page.