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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, you will:

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


60 credits required for major
54 credits in the Marylhurst Core
66 credits in general electives
180 TOTAL CREDITS required for degree

Core Courses - 6 credits

Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies
Methods of Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Concentrated Study - 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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