Interested in a degree that combines three or more subjects?

Multidisciplinary: study involving a range of three disciplines or content areas

A logical selection of courses across multiple disciplines in the student’s areas of interest.

A total of 36 credits balanced across a minimum of three disciplines with a minimum of 9 credits in each; program of study to be designed in consultation with academic advisors in each of the disciplines (one advisor may serve as primary advisor).


  • At least 9 credits of research seminars at the graduate level, with at least one seminar in each of three disciplines
  • One masters-level research/analysis project of at least one semester and a minimum of 3 credits
  • Up to three courses (9–12 credits) may be taken at the undergraduate level to incorporate a discipline or field in which the student has limited undergraduate training, with the permission of the relevant academic departments and the coordinator of Liberal Studies.
  • The program of study must be clearly and logically defined and must be approved by the relevant academic departments and the coordinator of Liberal Studies.

A Sample Curriculum: Multidisciplinary
(Storytelling, Media, and Culture)

Film, Animation, and Visual Narrative

FLM 5020, Semiotics and Cinema
FLM 6010, Theory of Cinema (Research Seminar)
ART 5710, Visual Narrative
ARH 5710, History of Animation and American Illustration

Culture, Storytelling, and Media

ANT 5030, Comparative Cultures
ANT 5310, Myth, Magic, and Religion (Research Seminar)
HIS 5280, The History of the American Recording Industry

Literature and Cultural Studies

ENG 5135, Writing Lyric: Form and Theory
ENG 5250, Myths and Mythologies
ENG 5255, Folklore, Fairy Tales, and Children’s Literature
ENG 5450, Issues in British Literature and Culture 1750-present: Novel and the City (Research Seminar)

Masters Thesis

ENG 6910, Master Thesis


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