Interdisciplinary Studies

Get It Done With Interdisciplinary Degrees From Hodges U

There is nothing more flexible than degrees focused on General Studies. You can pick and choose which careers appeal to you without being forced to change course. General Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies allow you the ability to have a degree that prepares you to further your education, earn more in your current position, or focus in Teaching or Human Resources.

Why Choose A Degree In Interdisciplinary Studies?

Our General Studies and Interdisciplinary Pathway is designed for working adults and will prepare you for a future you can build on better than any other college or university in Southwest Florida. Why? Because we are embedded in the community and understand what businesses in our area need in graduates from our programs. We customize our business programs to fit the needs of the employers who will be looking to hire you upon graduation. Our class size is small at 14:1, and you’ll receive the individual attention you need to achieve educational success. 

Keep it General. Achieve More.

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code: 30.0000

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

Looking for a Flexible Degree?

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies is probably the path for you! This degree is ideal if you’re not set on one degree path and are looking to advance in your current career. The BS in Interdisciplinary Studies crosses traditional boundaries and draws upon two or more disciplines, creating connections between ideas and concepts that lead to an integration of disciplinary insights.  

Employment Opportunities with an Interdisciplinary Studies Degree

The IDS core provides students with essential concepts including critical thinking, innovative thinking, interdisciplinary thinking, effective communication, teamwork, and an understanding of diversity in a global environment, making graduates more desirable in the workforce. Many jobs require a bachelor’s degree with no specific specialties – so, this degree will prepare you for a wide range of occupations and can be used to pursue a wide variety of careers goals such as managerial careers, government positions, social work professions, careers in the field of technology, and many other areas.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that this degree can be applied to almost any career and the average annual salary for workers with a bachelor’s degree is over $60,000*.   


With a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, you will be opening the door to a multitude of opportunities and moving forward with a strong foundation for careers in:

  • Education:
    • Apply for the Florida Temporary Certificate in the subject you’d like to teach.
    • Complete the Florida Certification Exam and other requirements of the Florida Department of Education.
    • Hodges has established relationships with the school boards, and we will assist you with the work referral process.
  • Advanced Professional:
    • Refine and strengthen your skills in teamwork, communications, innovative thinking, and diversity.
    • Prepare for career advancement.
    • Choose the area of concentration that interests you most — regardless of occupation.
  • Human Resources:
    • Attract employers who seek graduates with a technical or business background or a well-rounded liberal arts education.
    • Enjoy classes with combined coursework of social sciences, business, and behavioral sciences.
  • Social/Human Resources:
    • Appeal to employers who seek those with relevant work experience and a college degree.
    • Gain knowledge in liberal arts, sciences, and humanities as required in these fields.
    • Excel in your field with professional coursework and beyond.
  • Civil Service:
    • Become a well-rounded professional needed in this field.
    • Prepare to work in civil service organizations and advance your career.
  • Graduate School:
    • Complete this degree faster!  This degree allows for a liberal amount of transfer credits into the program so you can expand on what you already know and move into a master’s degree in your chosen field.
  • Digital Design
    • Our Interdisciplinary Studies degree also includes a focus in Digital Design and Graphics. If you love to be creative and yearn to share your creativity, then this focus may be perfect. Find out more about the Digital Design Pathway.

The Hodges University Difference

Why Choose Hodges For Your Degree?

At Hodges University, we believe students are more than just numbers. Our faculty and staff want to work with you personally and provide support for your success. Small class sizes and flexible schedules work for our students. Our instructors bring real-world knowledge to the classroom and are highly experienced and qualified in a variety of fields.

Nichols School of Professional Studies

Thank you for considering the Nichols School of Professional Studies for your degree. We offer knowledgeable faculty and staff who are committed to assisting you on your pathway of educational success. Our faculty offers invaluable insight based on real-world experience in their areas of expertise.

Understanding the needs of our local community is paramount in the success of the Nichols School of Professional Studies. It’s also something we take seriously. Why? Because we strive to provide educational opportunities that prepare you for success in your chosen field. Students who are ready to work on their first day help local business add to their bottom line faster and improve the way of life for all of us in Southwest Florida. We have developed programs with a wide variety of disciplines that prepare you for the jobs of today – and the future.

Degrees that we offer include Interdisciplinary Studies, Criminal Justice, Paralegal, and Legal Studies, as well as a certificate in eDiscovery / eLitigation. When you choose The Nichols School of Professional Studies, you can expect:

  • To master critical thinking, effective communication, and research, which are three educational outcomes enabling you to be competitive in today’s changing environment
  • To receive a well-balanced, contemporary, and challenging curriculum
  • A challenging and rewarding career in which you have the opportunity to put in to practice your educational theory.


If you are looking for online learning opportunities, The Nichols School of Professional Studies also offers both the Associate and Bachelor’s degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies and the Master of Science in Business Administration in an online format. Our other programs of study are offered in a combination of on-campus and online formats.

The most important factor in your education is the individual attention that you receive when you choose the Nichols School of Professional Studies. Small class sizes and one-on-one attention from our faculty make Hodges University the perfect choice to continue your education. The Dean, Dr. Mary Nuosce, has an open door policy and invites you to stop by her office anytime, even just to say hello.

With Hodges University you can Stay Near and Go Far. We’ll Help You Along The Way!

Robyn Crawford - Interdisciplinary Studies

Why did you choose Hodges University to further your education?
Not only was the campus close, but the night classes fit into my work schedule. I was impressed with the curriculum and degrees offered, and I obtained a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies.

What challenges and/or obstacles did you face while obtaining your degree? How did you overcome them?
Though Hodges University tried to make obtaining my degree as easy as possible, I still faced the same challenges every student faces when obtaining a degree. I had very supportive professors, but the course work was often difficult, requiring more time, effort, hard work and determination than I even thought possible. It meant many late nights and weekends spent at home rather than out having fun. Furthermore, like many students at Hodges, I was working while I was obtaining my bachelor’s degree and dealt with personal hardships like being diagnosed with a medical condition.

Describe your experience at Hodges University?
I really enjoyed my time at Hodges. My favorite memory is during class one night in the interdisciplinary studies program. As part of the class, all of the students were able to do an exercise in diversity by playing a game. It allowed us to learn more about one another and the struggles our fellow classmates might be facing. More importantly, we learned everyone has a frame of reference developed from their background that changes the way they act and perceive things. This was an eye opening realization and something I remind myself of constantly in both personal and professional relationships.
What is your current profession and where do you work?

I am an assistant state attorney in the Fifth Judicial Circuit. After graduating from Hodges, I went on to obtain my Juris Doctorate.

How has your Hodges experience had an impact on your career and who you are today?
Hodges was a stepping-stone on my way to achieving my ultimate goal of becoming a lawyer. The knowledge I obtained during my bachelor’s degree continues to help me in developing interpersonal connections in my career and understanding others, which is a skill important for my line of work.

Tell us about your greatest accomplishment, professionally or personally.
My greatest accomplishment is that, through the help of Hodges University, I was able to become a licensed attorney by the age of 20. I started college when I was only 14 years old. At 16, I enrolled at Hodges to obtain my bachelor’s degree. In less than two full years, I graduated Summa Cum Laude and went on to law school. At first, people who didn’t know my drive and determination doubted me. But after a while, through the help of some incredible schools and a family who would do anything for me, I was able to achieve my dreams of becoming one of Florida’s youngest lawyers.

What advice do you have for current Hodges students?
It is tough. If getting a degree were easy, everyone would be doing it. There will be late nights, frustration and some tears. But if you keep going, you will amaze yourself at what you can achieve (like writing a 60 page research paper from start to finish in 15 weeks). It will all be worth it in the end.

Be Bold. Start Your Degree Program Today. Hodges U.

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