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Self-designed Concentration

In the self-designed concentration, you design your own degree, working closely with department faculty. You will plan a focused degree of your own definition that creates one to three integrated areas of study according to your interests, utilizes transfer credit and takes advantage of credit from prior learning.

Through reflection, research, writing and application, the concentration offers benefits to you in three areas:

  • Gaining experience in defining a major goal and working systematically to attain it
  • Learning from the rich disciplinary traditions that are directly relevant to your goals
  • Learning techniques for interdisciplinary scholarship, an approach that examines issues from multiple points of view and the relationships between different ways of knowing


Minimum of 180 total quarter credits
Minimum of 60 upper-division credits
Minimum of 45 credits from Marylhurst
60 credits required for major

Core Courses - 6 credits

Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies
Methods of Interdisciplinary Studies

Concentrated Study - minimum of 48 credits

Coursework in one to three integrated areas of study
At least 32 crs. must be upper-division courses.

Senior Project - 6 credits

Senior Project Proposal
Interdisciplinary Studies Internship or Compassion in Action: Service Learning Seminar
Senior Paper Seminar I
Interdisciplinary Studies Portfolio

Please see current Marylhurst University Catalog for complete information.

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