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You look at the list of degrees offered by a university and discover that your interests or career goals cannot be met by a single discipline. You have an idea of what you want to do with your life, but the typical degrees do not seem to match up with your future plans. You want to be both creative and grounded, prepared for opportunities that you can't quite describe now but are sure you will find in the future. Perhaps you are going deep in your discipline and realize that you want to add content from other areas of study.  
If this describes you, then the interdisciplinary studies Bachelor of Science degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's Interdisciplinary Studies (B.S.) Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin your own unique and successful career.


Major Description 


As an interdisciplinary studies (B.S.) major at NGU, you will first build an interdisciplinary degree by selecting a primary concentration (24 credit hours, plus prerequisites) and a secondary concentration (18 credit hours, plus prerequisites). Next, you will take a class that introduces you to the concepts of interdisciplinarity. You will also have plenty of opportunities to take electives that can either be part of a concentration for the degree or expand your knowledge in other areas. Near the end of your degree, you will take the senior seminar course that pulls it all together, learn to explain this unique degree to future employers or grad schools, and complete a multi-media project.

You will learn about understanding and explaining the advantages of having a multi-dimensional perspective, benefiting from flexibility in career options, increasing your creative problem-solving abilities, and familiarizing yourself with published research from both of your disciplines, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own future career.

Your senior project will consist of the following elements:

  • Select a topic/problem.
  • Find 20 research articles from published literature, with 10 from your primary and 10 from your secondary concentration perspectives.
  • Write a review of literature from these 20 articles.
  • Integrate the two reviews to show the advantage of approaching the topic from two perspectives and the increase in functional abilities of the literature to co-mingle, support each other, and increase your ability to find solutions.
  • Integrate 15 hours of service learning - observe, assist, and work - as allowed by a real-world organization or business.
  • Further integrate the element of faith, religious values, or morality, whichever seems to fit your own perspective.
  • Prepare and present PowerPoint slides to the class.
  • Prepare and present a poster in the college-sponsored Poster Symposium.
  • Prepare an academic paper.

By the time you complete your coursework in the two disciplines (primary/secondary) and take the senior seminar course, you will be able to see the benefits of integrating knowledge and skills in the classroom and in the workplace.

Ultimately, the interdisciplinary studies (B.S.) degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of interdisciplinary pursuits.   




The strengths of the Interdisciplinary Studies (B.S.) Department curriculum at NGU are its flexibility, options, interaction of disciplines, and personal design to meet your undergraduate preparation needs for education and career plans.

Once you grasp the positive aspects of an interdisciplinary degree, you will be able to choose your curriculum and be confident that it will work for you. The various colleges have carefully crafted their concentrations to offer what is at the heart of the major and what will provide a solid foundation for your future.

Faculty Strengths


Susan Kahl, department chair, is the only faculty member of the Interdisciplinary Studies (B.S) Department. Her task is to oversee the majors, make sure they are registered for appropriate courses every semester, and guide them as they earn their degrees. She teaches the introductory course that explains the ins and outs of this unique degree.

Near the end of your college career, you will take the Interdisciplinary Senior Seminar taught by Kahl. That is when you pull it all together, complete a multimedia project, demonstrate your full understanding of interdisciplinarity, and stand prepared at the door to the future.

However, every course you choose to take in your primary (24 credit hours) and secondary (18 credit hours) concentrations (plus prerequisites) will be taught by faculty who are experts in their fields. You will have an authentic experience in the classroom as if you were a full major in each discipline.



If you select your primary concentration from the following list offered by the College of Science and Mathematics and the College of Business and Sport Professions, then you will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies:


(Note: All other choices for a primary concentration will lead to the interdisciplinary studies Bachelor of Arts degree. Secondary concentrations may be chosen from any discipline that offers interdisciplinary concentrations, regardless of your primary concentration.)



One of the positives of selecting an interdisciplinary degree is the huge number of electives you may choose in any field, as long as you meet the prerequisites. This advantage allows you to go broad and add a third concentration, go deep and take more courses in either concentration, or go forward and use all those college credits you have earned in the past and not had room for in your current degree curriculum. 




Career Opportunities


  • Applied behavioral analysis therapist (autism therapy)
  • Banker
  • Computer programmer/Android developer
  • Early interventionist/School readiness evaluator
  • English teacher in a foreign country
  • Head Start teacher
  • Human services counselor
  • Leasing consultant
  • Marketer/Events coordinator/Sales
  • Missions
  • Photography or video business owner
  • Police officer
  • Preschool teacher
  • Restaurant business owner
  • Worship leader in church

 Postgraduate Studies


  • North Greenville University
  • Clemson University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • Liberty University
  • Montreat College
  • New Orleans Seminary
  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Trident Technical College
  • University of South Carolina




  • Buncombe St. Child Development Center
  • Citylights Church
  • Department of Social Services
  • Head Start
  • Hope Reach
  • Lima One Capital
  • Medical University Children's Hospital
  • ScanSource
  • Southside Christian School
  • Spinx
  • St. Francis Hospital

Learning Experience

Hands-On Experience


Interview Preparation

During your senior seminar, you will have a chance to introduce your project and get feedback from other students. Explaining your personalized degree and the relationship between your disciplinary choices will get easier as you share ideas with other students, practice interview answers, and evaluate each other on improvement.

Etiquette Dinner

Just in case you get the big job interview that includes a formal meal, you will get some etiquette practice at a formal dinner that includes instructions on how to get through the meal smoothly and how to dress for interviews.
Poster Symposium

At this event, students, faculty, and administrators walk through the event, read posters, ask questions, and discuss your project. It is a great time to tell others about your reasons for selecting the interdisciplinary studies degree, the project you have completed, the learning you have experienced, and your plans for the future.

Service Learning

Part of the senior seminar project is to find a business or organization that interests you and could be a fit for you in the future; request their permission to allow you to spend 15 hours either observing or helping out at their place of business; and report on the experience. This is a good way to find out about career options and your own preparation for future work.

Faculty Biographies


Sample Course Sequence

Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours)
Composition and Literature (3 hours)
Physical Education (2 hours)
First Year Experience (1 hour)
Introduction to Information Technology (3 hours)
Math course (3 hours)
History course (3 hours)
Biology course (4 hours)
Old Testament Survey (3 hours)
New Testament Survey (3 hours)
Primary concentration prerequisite #1 (3 hours)
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies (1 hour)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

Sample Course Sequence

Primary concentration prerequisite #2 (3 hours)
Art, Music, or Theater Appreciation (3 hours)
Physical science course (4 hours)
Oral Communication (3 hours)
Primary concentration courses (6 hours)
Secondary concentration prerequisite #1 (3 hours)
Secondary concentration prerequisite #2 (3 hours)
English literature course (3 hours)
Psychology or sociology course (3 hours)
Open elective (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

Sample Course Sequence

Primary concentration courses (12 hours)
Secondary concentration courses (6 hours)
Open electives (15 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

Sample Course Sequence

Primary concentration courses (6 hours)
Secondary concentration courses (6 hours)
Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Seminar (3 hours)
Open electives (14 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

Program Objectives

  • Understand, utilize, and explain the benefits of interdisciplinary studies as it relates to creativity, problem-solving, and career selection.
  • Prepare for your desired career at the bachelor's degree level and/or prepare for graduate school or further study as needed for your chosen career.
  • Develop successful business skills, behaviors, dress, and integrity as appropriate for your chosen career.
  • Integrate faith and moral values with all academic, career, and interpersonal interactions.
  • Produce quality work in both academic and work environments.

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