Multidisciplinary Studies

Contact Us

Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Studies Program

Cindy Moseman
Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
419.289.5293
cmoseman@ashland.edu
210B Center for the Arts

Step-by-Step Process

Step 1

Discuss career goals with student, course work previously completed and MDS program.

Incoming students meet with the appropriate admission rep.

Current students meet with appropriate academic advisor.

Step 2

Obtain and review transcript, identify potential cognate areas.

  • Advisor develops potential cognates according to student interest and previously completed course work.
  • MDS liaison(s) assess cognates and suggest additional complimentary courses in cognates.
  • Primary cognate area MDS Liaison identified for capstone course. (Arrangement may be altered as needed.)

Appropriate academic advisor, in coordination with identified MDS liaisons

Step 3

Communicate with student about 2 potential cognate areas

Admissions communicates with incoming student. Advisor communicates with current student.

Step 4

The following documents are generated, to be approved by MDS Liaisons and Department chairs, and appropriate Deans:

  • MDS Major Form
    • Tentative courses for each cognate
    • Tentative name for both cognates
    • Possible graduation timeline based on course offerings

Appropriate Advisor

Step 5

After cognates have been approved by Department chairs and Deans:

  • Share graduation plan/cognates with student
  • Tell student that a capstone course requirement will need to be planned after 18 credits in each of the cognates has been completed.

Appropriate Advisor

If student agrees to move forward continue with remaining steps.

Step 6

Submit MDS Major Form to the Office of Registration, with a copy sent to each MDS Liaison and the CAS Dean's office.

Appropriate Advisor

Step 7

Contact students no later than the start of the semester prior to capstone semester to discuss the expectations for the capstone and who to serve as capstone mentor. Review requirements including need of approved proposal by registration time for the following semester. REMIND as needed.

Appropriate Advisor

Step 8

Confirm capstone mentor to student. Encourage students to contact the capstone mentor and faculty mentor to plan project. Answer student and faculty questions.

Appropriate Advisor

Step 9

Student prepares MDS Capstone Proposal Approval Form. (Located on the AU Portal on the students' form page. Click on the Student Forms button) Fill out form, attach proposal for review and approval. Enter the Capstone Mentor's email address.

Student

Step 10

Upon receiving the digital form, review and approve the proposal (request revisions, if needed). The Capstone Mentor will enter the Chairs' and Deans' email addresses. The final signed electronic MDS Capstone Approval Form ends up in the Registrar's Office at which point the student is registered for MDS 490 with Capstone mentor as instructor.

Capstone Mentor, Department Chair Dean

Registrar's Office

Assessment

Assessment of student learning outcomes for MDS majors is conducted as part of the MDS 490 Capstone.   The Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) common to all MDS Capstones (below) and the specific SLOs for a selected capstone project will be assessed.

  • Identify an important problem or question using knowledge from one or both of the cognate areas.
  • Research information from relevant journals/books and possibly from media sources. This may also include researched data from experiments, observations or interviews.
  • Synthesize findings to create a final paper, performance, media production, or other appropriate means of sharing knowledge.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Studies Program

Cindy Moseman
Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
419.289.5293
cmoseman@ashland.edu
210B Center for the Arts

Step-by-Step Process

Step-by-Step Process

Step 1

Discuss career goals with student, course work previously completed and MDS program.

Incoming students meet with the appropriate admission rep.

Current students meet with appropriate academic advisor.

Step 2

Obtain and review transcript, identify potential cognate areas.

  • Advisor develops potential cognates according to student interest and previously completed course work.
  • MDS liaison(s) assess cognates and suggest additional complimentary courses in cognates.
  • Primary cognate area MDS Liaison identified for capstone course. (Arrangement may be altered as needed.)

Appropriate academic advisor, in coordination with identified MDS liaisons

Step 3

Communicate with student about 2 potential cognate areas

Admissions communicates with incoming student. Advisor communicates with current student.

Step 4

The following documents are generated, to be approved by MDS Liaisons and Department chairs, and appropriate Deans:

  • MDS Major Form
    • Tentative courses for each cognate
    • Tentative name for both cognates
    • Possible graduation timeline based on course offerings

Appropriate Advisor

Step 5

After cognates have been approved by Department chairs and Deans:

  • Share graduation plan/cognates with student
  • Tell student that a capstone course requirement will need to be planned after 18 credits in each of the cognates has been completed.

Appropriate Advisor

If student agrees to move forward continue with remaining steps.

Step 6

Submit MDS Major Form to the Office of Registration, with a copy sent to each MDS Liaison and the CAS Dean's office.

Appropriate Advisor

Step 7

Contact students no later than the start of the semester prior to capstone semester to discuss the expectations for the capstone and who to serve as capstone mentor. Review requirements including need of approved proposal by registration time for the following semester. REMIND as needed.

Appropriate Advisor

Step 8

Confirm capstone mentor to student. Encourage students to contact the capstone mentor and faculty mentor to plan project. Answer student and faculty questions.

Appropriate Advisor

Step 9

Student prepares MDS Capstone Proposal Approval Form. (Located on the AU Portal on the students' form page. Click on the Student Forms button) Fill out form, attach proposal for review and approval. Enter the Capstone Mentor's email address.

Student

Step 10

Upon receiving the digital form, review and approve the proposal (request revisions, if needed). The Capstone Mentor will enter the Chairs' and Deans' email addresses. The final signed electronic MDS Capstone Approval Form ends up in the Registrar's Office at which point the student is registered for MDS 490 with Capstone mentor as instructor.

Capstone Mentor, Department Chair Dean

Registrar's Office

Assessment

Assessment

Assessment of student learning outcomes for MDS majors is conducted as part of the MDS 490 Capstone.   The Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) common to all MDS Capstones (below) and the specific SLOs for a selected capstone project will be assessed.

  • Identify an important problem or question using knowledge from one or both of the cognate areas.
  • Research information from relevant journals/books and possibly from media sources. This may also include researched data from experiments, observations or interviews.
  • Synthesize findings to create a final paper, performance, media production, or other appropriate means of sharing knowledge.

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What to Expect

This degree program will provide a path to achieve baccalaureate degrees if your interests lie in multiple areas and/or if your accumulated semester credit hours may not otherwise combine to qualify you for one of AU's existing baccalaureate degrees. The Multidisciplinary Studies program enables you to pursue a cohesive set of courses from two different disciplinary areas in substitution for the traditional major. In addition to gaining a solid foundation in the content of two different disciplines, you’ll also learn how to integrate the knowledge you gain from each of your chosen disciplines to your future career.

How it Works

You will work with your academic advisor who will coordinate with the appropriate faculty MDS Liaisons from each of the cognate areas to design your Multidisciplinary Studies Major.  The MDS major is offered both on-campus and online.  Your major will need to total at least 120 hours and include the Institutional Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (core) PLUS:

Course Number and Title

Hrs.

Cognate Area #1

24-33

Cognate Area #2

24-33

MDS 490 Multidisciplinary Capstone

1

60 hrs.

EXAMPLE of MDS Cognates (many other options possible):

Cognate #1: Business

Course Number and Title

Hrs.

ACCT 201 Financial Acct.

3

ECON 232 Princ. of Microecon.

3

FIN 322 Personal Asset Mgmt.

3

MGT 240 Intro to Management

3

MGT 323 Business Communication

MGT 343 Soc Resp/.Bus Ethics

3

3

MIS 221 Information Technology

3

MKT 233 Principles of Mktg.

3

MKT 311 Mkt Anal. & Research

3

27 hrs

Cognate #2: Human Behavior

Course Number and Title

Hrs.

PSYC 218 Psychology of Adol.

3

PSYC 264 Child Development

3

PSYC 305 Social Psychology

3

SOC 111 Principles of Sociology

3

SOC 225 Contemp Social Problems

3

SOC 301 Race, Ethnic & Minor. Issues

3

SOC 340 Marriage & Family Relations

3

REL 220 Taking Human Life

3

ADCT 202 Drugs in Society

3

33 hrs

Cognate Area #1

27

Cognate Area #2

33

MDS 490 Multidisciplinary Capstone

1

61 hrs

Student Learning Outcomes

As part of your Multidisciplinary Studies program, you will register for a one-hour capstone course in which you will:

  1. Identify an important problem or question using knowledge from one or both of the cognate areas. 
  2. Research information from relevant journals/books and possibly from media sources. This may also include researched data from experiments, observations or interviews.
  3. Synthesize findings to create a final paper, performance, media production, or other appropriate means of sharing knowledge.

Designing Your Own Path

Do you have a clear career goal that requires skills from multiple fields? The B.S. degree in Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) is an individualized degree that allows you to customize a degree program to meet your personal, educational, and career goals.

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