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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Interdisciplinary Studies

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Your degree is more than just a collection of credit hours!

The Interdisciplinary Studies degree is designed to give highly motivated, self-directed students an opportunity to create their own programs and earn an undergraduate degree. It is a liberal-education program designed for students who wish to major in an interdisciplinary area with a coherency of design.

Students seeking the Interdisciplinary Studies degree will select three academic areas in which to concentrate their work and will arrange for a faculty advisor in one of those areas to oversee their work. The areas of study must represent three distinct academic disciplines at the University. The student must file a plan of study that provides a reason for choosing these areas of study and that demonstrates why the proposed work cannot be accomplished under the usual major-and-minor(s) format at MN State Mankato.

Before beginning work in Interdisciplinary Studies, the student must meet eligibility requirements and must complete a formal application to the Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must have a current, cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher, according to University records.
  • Student should apply after earning a minimum of 32 semester credits and before completing 80 semester credits, according to University records. Student having more than 80 credits may still be considered for the Interdisciplinary Studies Program if they are willing to meet all other requirements of the program.
  • Student must submit a formal application on a form provided by the Interdisciplinary Studies Director.

Interdisciplinary Studies Students Must:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Apply grades of A, B and C to the three required academic areas in the major. No P/NC credits will apply to courses in the three areas unless specific courses are offered only on a P/NC basis.
  • Complete the University's general-education program.
  • Complete at least 40 upper-division semester credits.
  • Complete a minimum of 15 semester credits of study in each of the three selected academic areas of concentration. A faculty advisor in one area must be willing to serve on a committee with the Interdisciplinary Studies Director to oversee the student's work.
  • Complete a capstone project synthesizing the areas of concentration. The completed project must be acceptable to members of the student's committee.

For more information, contact:

Rachael Hanel, PhD
Director of Interdisciplinary Studies & Mass Media Associate Professor

Office: Nelson Hall 130
Phone: 507-389-1247