Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (BA)
Accelerated Program

Today’s employment landscape is evolving into one that prizes expertise in an increasing number of specialized fields. The Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences program at ASU’s West campus allows students to build a flexible, customized degree that is unique to their specific career goals. For example, a business degree with an emphasis in communications can lead to employment opportunities that aren’t as easily accessed by a traditional business degree alone.

The School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies offers a BA in interdisciplinary arts and sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU's West campus.

This program is a variation of the classic liberal arts degree, as students combine lower-division foundational courses with upper-division courses in a specific area of concentration; for instance, business, communication, criminal justice, education, environmental issues and physical sciences, languages and cultures, and social sciences and policy issues. Students can select an area of concentration unique to their interests and career goals. The program culminates with a capstone internship experience.

Degree Offered

Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (BA)
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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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WUE eligible program
Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.

Financial Aid
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.

Career Outlook

Emphasizing interdisciplinary study combined with a specific area of concentration (e.g., business, communication studies, English, gerontology, history, psychology or preprofessional studies), students tailor their programs to meet individualized career goals. The capstone internship program prepares students to make the transition smoothly to graduate school or postbaccalaureate employment in:

  • business settings
  • community settings
  • cultural settings
  • educational settings
  • social sciences and human service settings

Students planning graduate or professional degrees in law, business, helping professions or in traditional disciplines benefit from the flexibility of this program for a broad range of future academic and career pursuits.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Business Teachers, Postsecondary8.8%$74,090
City and Regional Planning Aides5.6%$39,460
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other9.3%$62,330
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary9.7%$62,550
Compliance Managers 3.9%$105,060
Copy Writers2.3%$58,850
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 5%$56,810
Criminal Investigators and Special Agents-1.2%$79,870
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary 21.4%$57,200
Immigration and Customs Inspectors-1.2%$79,870
Police Detectives-1.2%$79,870
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary10.4%$60,160
Police Identification and Records Officers-1.2%$79,870
Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers2.3%$58,850
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.8%$56,310
Social Science Research Assistants5.6%$39,460
Investment Fund Managers 3.9%$105,060
Radio and Television Announcers-14.3%$29,790
Reporters and Correspondents -8.5%$36,000
Police Patrol Officers 5%$56,810
Political Scientists-2.3%$104,920
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary9.7%$73,790
Private Detectives and Investigators5.2%$44,570
Media and Communication Workers, All Other10.3%$45,860
Public Relations Specialists 6.2%$55,680
Regulatory Affairs Managers 3.9%$105,060
Security Managers 3.9%$105,060
Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs 5%$56,810
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other 17%$65,320
Technical Writers10.2%$69,030
Transportation Planners -2%$75,630

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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