If you have previous college credits and would like to apply your hard work toward a college degree, the Interdisciplinary Studies program is the perfect option.  It’s also a program of choice for those who want to self-design a program. The flexible program can be tailored to meet students professional and educational needs.  Our faculty and academic advisors will help you map out a plan for success!

A Flexible & Rigorous Program

The Interdisciplinary Studies degree offers a flexible curriculum that students can tailor to individual professional needs. This flexibility includes meeting the needs of students who wish to transfer acceptable credits earned at other colleges. This self-designed degree requires a minimum total of 66 credits, including a required set of general education courses. Thirty-two of the 66 credits must be from major related or core courses currently offered in Associate Degree programs. The degree offers two options. Students electing option one must develop a 32 credit focus/concentration area consisting of courses chosen from current Associate Degree programs. This focus area must consist of at least 15 credits that are distinctly different from current degree programs. Students who simply wish an Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with no focus may elect option two. To improve employment opportunities, students are strongly advised to elect option one.

It is imperative that the student formulate and identify his or her own career goal with the assistance of the Interdisciplinary Studies advisor. The final plan must be approved by the Vice President of Academic Affairs before or upon earning 32 credits toward the Interdisciplinary Studies degree.

All college policies, including residence credits, apply to this degree. It is recommended that the applicant begin the process by contacting the Interdisciplinary Studies advisor or the Vice President of Academic Affairs for specific information.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates of the program will meet expected outcomes including the ability to:

  • Demonstrate integrity, responsibility, perseverance, and tolerance of ambiguity through the acquisition of knowledge and skills for leadership, further education, and team work;
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally;
  • Demonstrate a process for evaluating information rationally and consistently;
  • Demonstrate scientific thought both quantitatively and qualitatively by learning to recognize and formulate questions for analysis of human and technical problems.

Students may start this degree program in the fall, spring, or summer.

Program available in Berlin, Littleton, and North Conway.

First Year

Fall SemesterLecLabCr
ACAD105WAcademic Readiness101
ENGL120WCollege Composition404
 Computer Electives303
 Major/Related Courses606
 Semester Total 18018
Spring SemesterLecLabCr
 Major/Related Courses909
 Humanities/Fine Arts/Foreign Language303
 Semester Total variesvaries18/19
 First Year Total   36/37

Second Year

Fall SemesterLecLabCr
 Major/Related Courses909
 Liberal Arts Electives303
 Social Science303
 Semester Total 15015
Spring SemesterLecLabCr
 Major/Related Courses909
 Liberal Arts Elective303
 Semester Total 15/16015/16
 Second Year Total   30/31
 Total for A.S. Degree   66-68

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Apply mathematical models and concepts to problems and situations.
  • Think critically to solve problems, evaluate information, and interpret data.
  • Use scientific methods in and out of the laboratory.
  • Use oral and written English to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Explore diverse ideas to evaluate the effect of historical trends, events, institutions, and social systems on the development of humankind.
  • Demonstrate scientific thought both quantitatively and qualitatively by learning to recognize and formulate questions for analysis of human and technical problems.
  • Explore academic discipline options for transfer to 4 year colleges.

  • John Achorn

    Dr. John Achorn

    Arts, Humanities, Communication & Design
    Professor of English / Department Chair, Arts, Humanities, Communication and Design