Welcome to Bethel University, where we believe in the power of interdisciplinary learning to shape well-rounded individuals with a diverse skill set and a broad understanding of the world. Pursuing an Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Interdisciplinary Studies is not only a worthy endeavor but also a transformative journey that can unlock a multitude of opportunities in today’s complex and interconnected society and broaden your perspective.

At Bethel University, we recognize that the challenges of the modern world demand a multidisciplinary approach. The AA degree program in Interdisciplinary Studies is designed to provide students with a unique blend of knowledge and skills from various disciplines, fostering creativity, critical thinking, and adaptability. Through a customizable curriculum, students have the freedom to explore and integrate multiple fields of study, enabling them to make meaningful connections and tackle real-world problems from different perspectives.

One of the primary advantages of pursuing an AA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies is the versatility it offers. By combining courses from diverse areas such as humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and more, students develop a well-rounded skill set that is highly transferable across industries. This adaptability opens doors to a wide range of career paths, including fields such as communications, business administration, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

Bethel University takes pride in its faculty, comprised of experienced educators and practitioners who are passionate about interdisciplinary learning. Our dedicated professors guide and mentor students, fostering an environment that encourages intellectual curiosity and exploration. Through engaging discussions, collaborative projects, and faith integration, students develop strong communication, problem-solving, and teamwork skills.

The AA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies also lays a solid foundation for further academic pursuits. Graduates have the option to continue at Bethel and pursue a bachelor’s degree in specialized fields that align with their interests and career goals. This pathway provides a seamless transition for those seeking advanced knowledge and expertise in specific disciplines, such as psychology, business marketing, or ministry.

At Bethel University, we understand the value of transfer credits and the importance of recognizing prior learning experiences. Students with transfer credits can greatly benefit from pursuing an AA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. This program provides a flexible and inclusive pathway for integrating their previous coursework into a cohesive academic journey. By combining transfer credits with carefully selected courses from various disciplines, students can create a personalized curriculum that maximizes the value of their prior learning while gaining a broader perspective. This approach not only allows students to save time and money but also provides them with a well-rounded education that enhances critical thinking, problem-solving, and adaptability skills.

The AA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at Bethel University empowers transfer students to build on their existing knowledge, explore new areas of interest, and lay a solid foundation for future academic pursuits or diverse career paths. Investing in an AA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at Bethel University is a worthy pursuit that equips students with the tools to thrive in an ever-evolving world. By embracing the intersection of knowledge, faith integration, embracing diversity, and fostering critical thinking, our graduates are well-prepared to navigate the complexities of the modern workforce and make a positive impact in their chosen fields. Join us at Boardman University and embark on a transformative educational journey that will broaden your horizons and shape your future.

Accreditation & Membership

Bethel University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Bethel is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 06/30/2024
Credit Hours: 60
Cost/Credit: 465
Transfer Credits: Up to 30
Est. Completion Time: 2
Accreditation: HLC

Course Requirements

All of Bethel's degrees are a balance of a liberal arts foundation with the expertise of a specific field of study, all of which point to a well-rounded graduate upon completion. This space is aimed to help provide an overview of the expected courses for this degree.

  • General Education (27 credit hours)

    General education courses offer an introduction to the arts and sciences within a college setting. The A.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies degree requires 27 credit hours of general education courses.

  • Electives (3 credit hours)

    Electives allow students to dive deeper into a wide range of subjects, and provide the opportunity to tailor a course of study based on interests and academic goals. Students in this program are required to take 3 credit hours of elective courses.

    • Students may transfer credit from other accredited institutions, provided the courses are equivalent to required Bethel courses and the student earned a grade of C or better.
    • CLEP testing is available for select courses.
  • Major Courses (30 credit hours)

    15 hours in a primary concentration area

    9 hours in a secondary concentration area

    9 hours in a third concentration area

Program consists of:


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Admission Requirements

Undergraduate programs require:
  • Submit your official transcripts (directly from the institution to Bethel) from all undergraduate work. If you have completed less than 30 credit hours, also submit your official high school or GED transcript
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Show proficiency by either submitting your official SAT or ACT scores, completing a college-level English or math course or taking Bethel’s placement tests

Tuition and Fees

Bethel has long been touted for its value. We were ranked No. 2 on Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck-Midwest list, listed as one of the 50 Best Value Christian Colleges, and have made it to the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Regional Universities-Midwest” list for fifteen consecutive years.

**Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated three to ten semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits.

Payment Plan

The college has a monthly installment plan available through Nelnet Campus Commerce. Enrollment can be completed online by accessing the student billing link through MyBethel or by calling 800.609.8056. Students will be charged an enrollment fee of $40.

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Financial Aid

Bethel University is committed to ensuring that all our students receive an affordable education.
We offer financial aid based on need, and military benefits and are proud to offer extraordinarily competitive tuition rates.
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To learn more about your financial aid options or submit a FAFSA, please see our Financial Aid page.
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Bethel is committed to helping you make the most of your previous educational experiences. Visit our Transfer Credits page to learn more.
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Career Outcomes

An Interdisciplinary Studies degree can open the door for many career outcomes. The beauty of this degree is that you design it to fit your specific career goals.

  • Administrative Assistant

    With their versatile skill set and ability to think critically, graduates can excel as administrative assistants in various industries. They can provide valuable support to executives, managers, or teams by handling administrative tasks, coordinating projects, and facilitating effective communication across departments.

  • Customer Service Representative

    They ability to understand and communicate effectively across disciplines makes graduates well-suited for customer service roles. Their broad knowledge base allows them to adapt to different customer needs, handle inquiries, and provide quality service in industries such as retail, hospitality, or telecommunications.

  • Sales Associate

    Graduates can pursue careers in sales, leveraging their interdisciplinary skills to understand customer needs, analyze market trends, and communicate the value of products or services. They can excel in industries such as retail, real-estate, or business.

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An online degree can open doors to your career while allowing you to study in a convenient, affordable format.
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