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Do you have a very specific academic goal that cannot be met by existing majors, minors, and electives? Do you have a very specific career goal that you cannot prepare for through existing programs?

Within the multidisciplinary studies program, you can focus your study in Asian studies, classics and classical civilization, international studies, neuroscience, religious studies, Russian studies, and women's studies. If you have interest in these areas, please contact the director of the program of your interest.

In addition, the "individual concentration" provides a focus that could be unique to you. The individual concentration is designed for the student (1) who has clear interests and objectives that overlap schools, departments, degrees, or concentrations; (2) whose interests and objectives cannot reasonably be met through existing majors, minors, and electives; and (3) whose program is not fashioned in order to bypass a requirement of an existing program. You develop a course of study in consultation with faculty in the appropriate disciplines and the director of multidisciplinary studies. The multidisciplinary studies committee approves your course of study. The individual concentration major must be approved early enough in your academic career in order to have time to adhere to program guidelines.

ECU Advantage

Our multidisciplinary concentrations (e.g., Asian studies, classics and classical civilization, international studies, neuroscience, religious studies, Russian studies, and women's studies) are innovative, interdisciplinary programs.

The "individual concentration" that could provide a unique focus for you, and is discussed above, requires that you be highly motivated and disciplined, and that faculty advising you be closely involved in the process from the proposal preparation stage, through the completion of the program. The individual concentration program is not a general studies degree, and program guidelines prohibit approval into the program, of students who have not developed a coherent and academically respectable course of study that meets program guidelines.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Ron Graziani (1334 Jenkins Fine Arts Center; 252-328-4067; grazianir@ecu.edu)

Multidisciplinary studies is a university-wide program administered by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. The goals of the program are to foster multidisciplinary study among various schools and departments, enable motivated students to pursue degrees in specialized or new fields, and encourage undergraduates to pursue research interests while working closely with faculty. Honors are awarded to students who earn a 3.5 GPA in approved major courses. There are two multidisciplinary studies options.

The individual concentration is designed for the student (1) who has clear interests and objectives that overlap schools, departments, degrees, or concentrations; (2) whose interests and objectives cannot reasonably be met through existing majors, minors, and electives; and (3) whose program is not fashioned in order to bypass a requirement of an existing program. A course of study is developed by the student in consultation with faculty in the appropriate disciplines and the director of multidisciplinary studies. A formal proposal, including the list of faculty who will supervise the student, is submitted to the Multidisciplinary Studies Committee. To begin the process, interested students should contact the director of multidisciplinary studies for procedures and guidelines. The major must be approved early enough in one's academic career in order to have time to adhere to program guidelines. To declare a major, students must have completed 30 s.h. with a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA and the student's proposal must be approved by the Multidisciplinary Studies Committee. Program requirements include MULT 3500 and MULT 4999; students may not be enrolled in these courses without admission to the program.

The nature of this program requires that the student be highly motivated and disciplined and that faculty advising the student be closely involved in the process from the proposal preparation stage through the completion of the program. The program is not a general studies degree and program guidelines prohibit approval into the program of students who have not developed a coherent and academically respectable course of study that meets program guidelines. 

The structured concentrations are approved by the Multidisciplinary Studies Committee and are provided in areas where there has been clear evidence of significant student demand. For structured concentrations, students take a prearranged curriculum that is approved by a recognized academic committee with oversight in that disciplinary area. Requirements include the completion of interdisciplinary courses, comparable to MULT 3500 and MULT 4999, which address interdisciplinary methods and topics. Current structured concentrations are: classics or classical civilizations, international studies, neuroscience, religious studies, and security studies.

Minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

    2. Demonstrated foreign language proficiency through level 2004 - 12 s.h.

    (For information about the foreign language requirement see Special Requirements for the BA Degree and Placement Testing, Foreign Language.)

      3. Core - 30 s.h.*
      • MULT 3500 - Research in Multidisciplinary Studies or comparable structured concentration course.
      • MULT 4999 - Seminar in Multidisciplinary Studies or comparable structured concentration course.
      • A minimum of 24 s.h. of approved courses in the major.
      4. Minor or approved structured electives - 18 s.h.*
        5. Free electives to complete requirements for graduation.
          *Note:

           A minimum of 24 s.h. from sections 3 and 4 must be above 2999.

            For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

            Careers With This Degree

            Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

            • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
            • Postsecondary Teachers
            • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

            Career Opportunities

            ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

            NC Tower

            This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

            • Self-employed;
            • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
            • Work outside of North Carolina.

            US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

            This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

            Degree-specific internships

            For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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