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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.
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (BA)
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WUE eligible program
Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.
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.
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:
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.
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:
|Business Teachers, Postsecondary||8.8%||$74,090|
|City and Regional Planning Aides||5.6%||$39,460|
|Postsecondary Teachers, All Other||9.3%||$62,330|
|Communications Teachers, Postsecondary||9.7%||$62,550|
|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|
|English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary||10.4%||$60,160|
|Police Identification and Records Officers||-1.2%||$79,870|
|Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers||2.3%||$58,850|
|Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education||5.8%||$56,310|
|Social Science Research Assistants||5.6%||$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 Science Teachers, Postsecondary||9.7%||$73,790|
|Private Detectives and Investigators||5.2%||$44,570|
|Media and Communication Workers, All Other||10.3%||$45,860|
|Public Relations Specialists||6.2%||$55,680|
|Regulatory Affairs Managers||3.9%||$105,060|
|Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs||5%||$56,810|
|Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other||17%||$65,320|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).