University College

Interdisciplinary Studies

The purpose of the University College is to promote the success of all students by providing comprehensive programs and services, which advance academic achievement and personal development. The interdisciplinary studies major allows students to tailor a degree plan to meet their specific interests and career goals.

B.A. or B.S. in interdisciplinary studies: This major utilizes a purpose-driven, innovative approach where students choose two or three academic concentrations to pursue an individualized program of study, tailored to fit their interests and career objectives.

  • “I was excited to sculpt my own major to be exactly what I wanted.”

    Elizabeth Fouts,
    Interdisciplinary Studies

    Meet Elizabeth
  • “I knew, in that moment, I needed to have a career in relationship building.”

    Easton Davis,
    Interdisciplinary Studies

    Meet Easton
  • “The interdisciplinary studies major meets my needs because of the flexibility.”

    Marlee Scaife,
    Interdisciplinary Studies

    Meet Marlee

Special opportunities

One-on-one mentoring: Meet with an advisor to design a degree plan for your specialized interests. Work with a faculty member throughout your college career to ensure you are on track to meet your educational, personal and professional goals.

Internships: Internships are available in a number of industries and work settings. Advisors mentor students in seeking internship opportunities across a wide variety of career opportunities.

Service learning emphasis: As a community of mission, the University wants to empower students to make a difference in and out of the classroom. Woven through the curriculum are opportunities for students to gain and apply knowledge and skills to projects in the community, whether that be on campus, in Searcy or beyond.

Travel opportunities: Earn credit while seeing firsthand how others are changing the world through their work and vocation by taking advantage of experiential education excursions to New York City and Washington, D.C., along with any of the University’s international programs.

Careers and Graduate School Preparation

Compete in an ever-changing job market or pursue graduate studies in the following areas:

  • Business
  • Counseling
  • Health care
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Social services
  • Theology/ministry

Requirements for Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Liberal arts: 53 hours
  • Major: 45-54 hours
  • Major Electives: 5 hours
  • Integrative Core: 4 hours
  • Remaining Bible and Electives: 12-21 hours
  • Total: 128 hours

Learn more in the catalog.

Meet Our Staff

Kevin Kehl

Kevin Kehl, Ed.D.
Dean, Univeristy College

Heath Carpenter

Heath Carpenter, Ph.D.
Director, Interdisciplinary Studies
Assistant Professor of English

Office: American Studies 304

Contact Us

Harding University
University Studies
Box 12276
Searcy, AR 72149-5615