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Having earned my degree from a university with such a prestigious history as Norwich is something I will always be proud of.

Christopher Wrubel
Norwich Graduate, Class of 2014

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Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Developing Core Skills for Competitive Careers

Standing out from the crowd in an increasingly competitive job market or attaining a promotion at your current job may be difficult, but Norwich University’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies online degree program can provide you with the tools necessary to distinguish yourself from other applicants. No matter your current or desired career, the interdisciplinary studies program is designed to sharpen your skills in research and analysis, creative problem solving, and communication, thereby help prepare you for success.

The interdisciplinary studies program requires applicants to have at least 30 credit hours of prior college coursework or equivalent military or professional training, building upon this experience and applying it across major academic disciplines. Norwich’s flexible online classroom makes it easy for working adults to complete coursework on their own time, and the program is highly customizable depending on personal career goals. The program culminates in a capstone course in which you will combine at least two academic disciplines and demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach to research and analysis.


  • Bachelor
  • Justice Studies
  • Leadership Studies
  • Strategic Studies

Why Norwich?

Our approach to integrated curricula allows you to take courses in a wide range of subjects, as well as the opportunity to explore a specific topic of study in depth.

Transfer up to 90 semester credits and complete your degree in fewer than two years.

Several start dates per year offer you the ability to enroll when it fits your schedule.

Relevant electives, including Strategic Communications or Business and Professional Writing.

Quick Info

100% Online

All classes taken online

30 Credits

Entry Requirement

18 Months

Average time to program completion

28 June

Next Start Date

31 May

Application Deadline

Accreditation & Recognition

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Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

Interdisciplinary Studies Program Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies is an upper-division transfer degree program designed for students with at least 30 credit hours of prior college coursework or its equivalent in eligible military or professional training. The program consists of four curriculum areas:

  • Elective courses are taken by all students who enter the program with fewer than 60 credits.
  • Core curriculum is comprised of six academic areas.
  • A concentration in a specialized area or discipline must be completed by all students.
  • Capstone project is the culminating synthesis of learning.

General Education

Students who enter the program with between 30 and 59 credits of prior coursework or the equivalent must complete general elective courses to reach the 60-credit threshold before moving into the core curriculum. Elective options are listed below.

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum is comprised of six academic areas and can be successfully completed with the following selection of courses:

Epistemology & Critical Thinking (6 credits)

  • INTD 310

Science & the Scientific Method (6 credits)

  • INTD 320 or SCIE 301 and SCIE 310

Qualitative Research in the Social & Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)

  • INTD 321* or SOCI 209 and one of the following: ECON 310, POLS 306, POLS, 318, SOCI 335

Critical Theory in Literature & the Humanities (6 credits)

  • ENGL 250 or ENGL 270 and RELG 300

Human Communications & Technology (6 credits)

  • COMM 315 and COMM 301 or COMM 302 or COMM 305 or INTD 305

Political, Social & Economic History (6 credits)

  • Any two HIST 3xx or HIST 4xx courses available by the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies

Leadership Studies

The Leadership Studies concentration allows you to explore the fundamentals of leadership, help define leadership styles, as well as the ways in which leaders drive and manage change. Strong attention is paid to the impact of technology and media on leadership.

Justice Studies

The Justice Studies concentration introduces you to the principles of criminal justice and the relationship between the police, the courts and corrections. Students will explore concepts such as procedural due process, criminology and ethics in criminal justice.

Strategic Studies

The Strategic Studies concentration focuses on issues of national security policy, the global intelligence community, international conflict and more. Students who choose this concentration are obligated to closely follow current international events and learn how to discuss them analytically and objectively.

Capstone (6 credits)

All students are required to draw upon at least two different academic disciplines for research methodology, seminal literature and sources, and intellectual frameworks in order to bring an interdisciplinary perspective to this culminating program activity.

*Courses are under development


Non-Discrimination Statement

Norwich University, in compliance with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.

Tuition & Fees

Careers & Outcomes

Career Opportunities Through Interdisciplinary Studies

Embarking on an entirely new career path or seeking opportunities for advancement in your current workplace can be daunting, but with the proper skills and preparation, nothing is out of your reach. Increasingly, employers are seeking candidates who not only fulfill requirements specific to the job, but who also possess the core skills that make the difference between an ordinary employee and an extraordinary asset. Through Norwich’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies online program, individuals who develop fluency in communication, problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and research and analysis may find themselves highly coveted on the open job market, and exceedingly qualified for greater responsibilities in their current roles.

Career Outcomes

Norwich’s online interdisciplinary studies program focuses on developing skills that are perpetually relevant, and universally admired by employers around the world. Thanks to the program’s highly customizable course content and generous concentration offerings, there is no limit to the types of organizations for which students may find themselves working.

Examples of Career Paths

  • Data Analyst
  • Executive Assistant
  • Federal Agent
  • Foreign Ambassador
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Military officer
  • Production Manager
  • Program Coordinator
  • Project Manager
  • Publisher
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Sociologist
  • Training and Development Specialist

Types of Employers

  • Consulting and research firms
  • Educational institutions and museums
  • Government agencies and contractors
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Publishing houses
  • Retail companies
  • Research Foundations
  • U.S. military

Faculty & Staff

Join professionals from around the globe and learn from experienced faculty as you complete your degree and open up new professional and personal possibilities for yourself.


Our first graduates of the Interdisciplinary Studies program graduated in 2017. Below are graduates from our bachelor's programs.

Online Learning

How do you fit an online program into your busy life?

Norwich has developed online programs that provide a gateway, not a barrier, to maximize your career potential. Get to know a few graduates -- with busy schedules -- and how they made their education fit.

Residency at Norwich

While not required for completing your bachelor's degree, the Residency Conference is a unique educational and social experience that culminates your time at Norwich.

tammy at residency conference

Putting faces with names and realizing that the bonds we developed online instantly transferred to our face-to-face interactions. It was like hanging out with long-lost family and friends.

Tammy Megow-Jones
Class of 2015
Master of Science in Leadership
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