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Northeastern embraces that every student’s education and career path is unique, which is why we created the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Through this flexible program, you'll:

  • Create a customized study plan with your academic advisor to create a degree that matches your educational and career goals.
  • Receive experience-driven opportunities to gain real-world experience to help build your resume.
  • Learn from industry professionals who have extensive and proven experience in a variety of industries and fields.
  • Study from a core set of courses dedicated to communication, leadership, and project management skills—in-demand skills used in almost every industry and role.
  • Apply previous coursework to maximize transfer credits and accelerate time to completion.
  • Earn your degree 100% online.

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Unique Features

  • Customize your plan of study—developed with your advisor— to meet your career goals.
  • Taught by industry experts with experience at places like Ernst & Young, John Hancock, MIT, and more.
  • Apply previous coursework to maximize transfer credits and accelerate time to completion.
  • Earn your degree 100% online.


General Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies General Requirements

The NUpath requirement Creative Expression/Innovation (EI) is not explicitly satisfied by required courses in the curriculum at this time. Students are responsible for satisfying this requirement, and if this is not fulfilled in required major courses, they should use general electives to do so.

No more than 27 total credits of business courses (ACC, FIN, MGT, MKT) are permitted for the degree.

Foundation Courses

30 semester hours required.


Complete one of the following courses with corresponding lab:

ENG 1105 - College Writing 1 
ENG 1106 - Lab for ENG 1105 
ENG 1103 - College Writing 1 for Nonnative Speakers 
ENG 1104 - Lab for ENG 1103 

Complete the following two courses with corresponding labs:

ENG 1107 - College Writing 2 
ENG 1108 - Lab for ENG 1107 
ENG 3107 - Writing for the Professions: Business and the Social Sciences 
ENG 3108 - Lab for ENG 3107 
MTH 1100 - College Algebra 
MTH 2310 - Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 
Information Technology
ITC 1000 - Computer Applications 
Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences
PSY 1100 - Foundations of Psychology 

Choose one of the following:

PHL 2100 - Business Ethics 
PHL 2120 - Ethical Issues in Communication 
PHL 2130 - Ethical Issues in Healthcare 
PHL 2140 - Ethical Issues in Science and Engineering 
Social Sciences
CMN 1100 - Organizational Communication 

Core Courses

18 semester hours required.

LDR 1200 - Assessing Your Leadership Capacity 
LDR 3200 - Leading and Managing Change 
HSV 2240 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment 
PJM 1100 - Project Management Fundamentals - Project Initiation and Close 
ENG 3260 - Writing to Inform and Persuade 
CMN 2310 - Professional Speaking 

Major Required Courses

33 semester hours required.


Self-designed interdisciplinary program created by the student with advisor and faculty. Approved by Associate Dean. 30 s.h.

  • Include two or three areas of study
  • Complete no more than four 1000-level classes
LST 4850 - Capstone Project in Liberal Studies 

Major Electives

18 semester hours required.

Complete 18SH of coursework at or above the 3000 level.

Open Electives

Complete a minimum of 21 semester hours to reach 120 semester hours. 

Experiential Learning

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace. This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.


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Career Outcomes

The communication, leadership, and project management skills you learn and sharpen in our classrooms and through your experiential learning opportunities are designed to align with your career goals. These are highly sought-after skills in almost every organization and applicable to any position to desire.

  • 93% of employers agree that a candidates' ability to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major.
  • 55% of employers prefer a combination of field-specific knowledge and skills and a broad range of knowledge and skills.

Industry-Aligned Faculty

Our industry-aligned faculty bring relevant real-world experience, knowledge, expertise, and connections that will help you achieve your career goals.

Connie Emerson
Associate Teaching Professor
Francesca Grippa
Teaching Professor
Ed Powers
Professor of the Practice
Christopher Bolick
Assistant Academic Specialist
Kristen Lee
Associate Teaching Professor


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Financial Info

The university's financial aid policies are designed to enrich our campus community by ensuring that Northeastern is affordable for all admitted students. The below cost per credit is for non-lab courses. You can find the cost per credit of lab courses by visiting our Tuition and Fees page.

  • $541 Cost Per Credit