Multi-Disciplinary Studies

Gardner-Webb’s Bachelor of Science degree with a Multi-Disciplinary Studies Major provides an accredited baccalaureate degree embracing two or more disciplines within the Degree Completion Program of the University. The MDS degree is designed for students who want the flexibility of tailoring their studies to meet their individual interests and needs. Students have the opportunity to select either two or three different concentrations from among the disciplines that offer majors in the Degree Completion Program. Instead of focusing on just one area of study, MDS students are able to combine their interests in different fields into one degree program that provides them with greater breadth.

 

Students must complete a capstone course in one of their disciplines which includes a research project that would allow them to do research across all the disciplines in their multidisciplinary major. This will be a substantive research project consisting of both written and presentation components. This will be completed toward the end of their program (i.e., senior status) to allow them to draw as much as possible from all they have learned in each discipline. This course may be a part of the 36 hours required for the major or may in some cases need to be an additional three hours depending on the disciplines they have chosen and the requirements established for each discipline.

 

GOALS

  1. Allow students to expand their areas of knowledge and apply different disciplines in their careers.
  2. Allow students to choose courses that are of interest and helpful for their stages of personal and professional development.
  3. Allow students to have a broader perspective and to be more adaptable in an ever-changing world.

 

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Students will learn to think critically about their areas of study and to integrate areas of learning.
  2. Students will demonstrate effective research skills.
  3. Students will develop effective communication skills.

 

These Student Learning Outcomes will be met by successful completion (C, 2.0, or better) of any of the following courses which address these areas (BAD 480, CJC 495, HUS 493, REL 490)

 

Discipline Specific Learning Outcomes

ACCOUNTING

Students will apply accounting and analytical skills and other elements of critical thinking to problem solving as evidenced by successful completion (C, 2.0, or better) of any of the following courses: ACC 313, ACC314, ACC315, ACC425, and ACC435.

 

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Students will understand and apply basic principles of management of people and organizations by successful completion (C, 2.0, or better) of any of the following courses: BAD300, BAD312, BAD318, MGT316, and MGT416.

 

COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Students will understand and apply information technologies and business knowledge to achieve strategic objectives in organizations as evidenced by successful completion (C , 2.0, or better) of any of the following courses: CIS 300, CIS371, CIS423, CIS433, CIS460, and CIS470.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Students will understand and apply basic principles of critical decision-making, professional responsibility and ethical standards as evidenced by successful completion (C, 2.0, or better) of any of the following courses: CJC-410, CJC-420, CJC-430, CJC-440, CJC-450, SOC-415; PSC-314, and SOC-313.

 

HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT

Students will understand and apply basic principles of management of people and organizations in the healthcare industry by successful completion (C, 2.0, or better) of any of the following courses: BAD 318, HMG 300.

 

HUMAN SERVICES

Students will have an understanding of professional standards and ethical requirements as evidenced by successful completion (C, 2.0, or better) of any of the following courses: HUS 300, HUS 301, HUS 302, HUS 320, HUS 402, HUS 425.

 

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Students will identify and develop the critical tools necessary for the disciplined exploration of biblical studies, Christian history and thought, philosophy, or religious education as evidenced by successful completion (C, 2.0, or better) of any four courses listed by the department.

 

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Prior to enrolling in the Multi-Disciplinary Major, the applicant should have the following in his or her academic transcript:

 

  1. 60-64 semester hours from a regionally accredited junior or senior college

 

ACADEMIC CURRICULUM

As with all DCP majors, approximately half of the Multi-Disciplinary Major track consists of the Core Curriculum of Liberal Arts (see Core Curriculum). A student must complete 36 hours in the Multi-Disciplinary Major in one of the following tracks: two-discipline track, with 18 hours from each of two disciplines approved for this major; or three-discipline track, with 12 hours from each of three disciplines approved for this major. At least one half of the number of courses for each discipline within the Multi-Disciplinary Major must be taken at Gardner-Webb University. All individual course prerequisites must be met.

 

The classes particular to the Multi-Disciplinary major consist of the following:

 

TWO-DISCIPLINE TRACK

ACCOUNTING

 

Required courses for 18-hour concentration in Accounting:

 

ACC 213 Principles of Accounting I

ACC 214 Principles of Accounting II

ACC 313 Intermediate Accounting I

ACC 314 Intermediate Accounting II

 

Choose two courses from:

 

ACC 315 Cost Accounting

ACC 425 Federal Income Tax I

ACC 435 Advanced Accounting

 

If a student already has credit for any required course, these are additional course choices for the 18-hour concentration in Accounting where the student needs to complete the requirement that at least half of the required credit hours must be taken at GWU:

 

ACC 315 Cost Accounting

ACC 400 Accounting Information Systems

ACC 425 Federal Income Tax I

ACC 435 Advanced Accounting

ACC 450 Auditing

 

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

 

Required courses for 18-hour concentration in Business Administration:

 

ECO 203 Macroeconomics

ECO 204 Microeconomics

BAD 318 Principles of Marketing

MGT 316 Principles of Management

 

Choose two courses from:

 

BAD 300 Legal Environment of Business

BAD 312 Financial Management

MGT 416 Production and Operations Management

 

If a student already has credit for any required course, these are additional course choices for the 18-hour concentration in Business Administration where the student needs to complete the requirement that at least half of the required credit hours must be taken at GWU:

 

BAD 300 Legal Environment of Business

BAD 312 Financial Management

BAD 325 Business Communications

MGT 416 Production and Operations Management

MGT 485 Leadership

BAD 480 Business Policy (capstone)

 

COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS

 

Required courses for 18-hour concentration in Computer Information Systems:

 

CIS 300 Management Information Systems

CIS 371 Systems Analysis and Design

CIS 433 Database Management

CIS 460 Data Communications and Networking

 

Choose two courses from:

 

CIS 201 Programming Languages

CIS 423 Survey of Programming Languages

CIS 470 Strategic Information Management (capstone)

 

If a student already has credit for any required course, these are additional course choices for the 18-hour concentration in Computer Information Systems where the student needs to complete the requirement that at least half of the required credit hours must be taken at GWU:

 

CIS 471 Software Engineering

MGT 403 Human Behavior in Organizations

MGT 416 Production and Operations Management

MGT 485 Leadership

BAD 480 Business Policy (capstone)

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

 

Optional courses for an 18-hour concentration in Criminal Justice.

Choose six courses from:

 

SOC 313 Sociology of Deviant Behavior

PSC 314 Judicial Process

CJC 410 Philosophy of Criminal Justice

SOC 415 Juvenile Delinquency

CJC 420 Administrative Decision Making

CJC 430 Criminal Justice Theory and Research

CJC 440 Trends in Criminal Justice (capstone)

CJC 450 International Issues in Criminal Justice

 

HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT

 

Required courses for 18-hour concentration in Healthcare Management:

 

HMG 300 Introduction to Healthcare Management

HMG 303 Economics, Budgeting, and Finance in Healthcare

HMG 315 Healthcare Quality Seminar

BAD 480 Senior Business Policy

 

Choose two courses from:

 

HMG 310 Diversity and Culture in Healthcare Management

HMG 400 Introduction to International Health

HMG 410 Healthcare Law Seminar

 

If a student already has credit for any required course, these are additional course choices for the 18-hour concentration in Health Management where the student needs to complete the requirement that at least half of the required credit hours must be taken at GWU:

 

BAD 318 Principles of Marketing

BAD 480 Business Policy

MGT 316 Principles of Management

MGT 400 Human Resource Management

MGT 403 Human Behavior in Organizations

MGT 485 Leadership

 

HUMAN SERVICES

 

Optional courses for an 18-hour concentration in Human Services.

Choose six courses from:

 

HUS 300 Ethical Issues

HUS 301 Treatment Modalities

HUS 302 Group Dynamics

HUS 320 Introduction to Clinical Practice

HUS 401 Psychopathology

HUS 402 Introduction to Counseling

HUS 406 Personality

HUS 425 Crisis Intervention Counseling

HUS 493 Human Services Seminar (capstone)

 

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

 

Optional courses for an 18-hour concentration in Religious Studies.

Choose six courses from:

 

PHIL 300 Introduction to Philosophy

REL 302 The Sacred Writings

REL 303 Old Testament Prophets

REL 307 Studies in the Pentateuch

REL 311 Synoptic Gospels

REL 312 Life and Letters of Paul

REL 316 The Writings of John

REL 325 Baptist Heritage

REL 326 Christian Missions and Evangelism

REL 333 Christian Theology

REL 351 Biblical Backgrounds

REL 371 Spiritual Formations

REL 373 Church Leadership

REL 377 Adult Discipleship

REL 378 New Religious Movements

REL 490 Senior Seminar (capstone)

 

THREE-DISCIPLINARY TRACK

ACCOUNTING

Required courses for 12-hour concentration in Accounting:

 

ACC 213 Principles of Accounting I

ACC 214 Principles of Accounting II

ACC 313 Intermediate Accounting I

ACC 314 Intermediate Accounting II

 

If a student already has credit for any required course, these are additional course choices for the 12-hour concentration in Accounting where the student needs to complete the requirement that at least half of the required credit hours must be taken at GWU:

 

ACC 315 Cost Accounting

ACC 425 Federal Income Tax I

ACC 435 Advanced Accounting

 

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Required courses for 12-hour concentration in Business Administration:

 

ECO 203 Macroeconomics

ECO 204 Microeconomics

BAD 318 Principles of Marketing

MGT 316 Principles of Management

 

If a student already has credit for any required course, these are additional course choices for the 12-hour concentration in Business Administration where the student needs to complete the requirement that at least half of the required credit hours must be taken at GWU:

 

BAD 300 Legal Environment of Business

BAD 312 Financial Management

MGT 416 Production and Operations Management

 

COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS

 

Required courses for 12-hour concentration in Computer Information Systems:

 

CIS 300 Management Information Systems

CIS 371 Systems Analysis and Design

CIS 433 Database Management

CIS 460 Data Communications and Networking

 

If a student already has credit for any required course, these are additional course choices for the 12-hour concentration in Computer Information Systems where the student needs to complete the requirement that at least half of the required credit hours must be taken at GWU:

 

CIS 201 Programming Languages

CIS 423 Survey of Programming Languages

CIS 470 Strategic Information Management (capstone)

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

 

Optional courses for 12-hour concentration in Human Services.

Choose four courses from:

 

SOC 313 Sociology of Deviant Behavior

PSC 314 Judicial Process

CJC 410 Philosophy of Criminal Justice

SOC 415 Juvenile Delinquency

CJC 420 Administrative Decision Making

CJC 430 Criminal Justice Theory and Research

CJC 440 Trends in Criminal Justice (capstone)

CJC 450 International Issues in Criminal Justice

   

 

HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT

 

Required courses for 12-hour concentration in Healthcare Management:

 

HMG 300 Introduction to Healthcare Management

HMG 303 Economics, Budgeting, and Finance in Healthcare

HMG 315 Healthcare Quality Seminar

 

If a student already has credit for any required course, these are additional course choices for the 12-hour concentration in Health Management where the student needs to complete the requirement that at least half of the required credit hours must be taken at GWU:

 

HMG 400 Introduction to International Health

HMG 410 Healthcare Law Seminar

       HMG 310 Diversity and Culture in Healthcare Management

 

HUMAN SERVICES

 

Optional courses for a 12-hour concentration in Human Services.

Choose four courses from:

 

HUS 300 Ethical Issues

HUS 301 Treatment Modalities

HUS 302 Group Dynamics

HUS 320 Introduction to Clinical Practice

HUS 401 Psychopathology

HUS 402 Introduction to Counseling

HUS 406 Personality

HUS 425 Crisis Intervention Counseling

HUS 493 Human Services Seminar (capstone)

 

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Optional courses for an 12-hour concentration in Religious Studies.

Choose four courses from:

 

PHIL 300 Introduction to Philosophy

REL 302 The Sacred Writings

REL 303 Old Testament Prophets

REL 307 Studies in the Pentateuch

REL 311 Synoptic Gospels

REL 312 Life and Letters of Paul

REL 316 The Writings of John

REL 325 Baptist Heritage

REL 326 Christian Missions and Evangelism

REL 333 Christian Theology

REL 351 Biblical Backgrounds

REL 371 Spiritual Formations

REL 373 Church Leadership

REL 377 Adult Discipleship

REL 378 New Religious Movements

REL 490 Senior Seminar (capstone)

 

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