College of Applied Science and Technology
(formerly Summit College)

Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies Fundamentals

The Interdisciplinary Studies program is a self-designed major, allowing you to examine traditional disciplines from diverse points of view as you plan a program of study targeted to your specific needs and interests.

To earn this degree, you must select a college of residence and then devise a proposed program of study with an adviser in the college selected. The proposal must be approved by the University's Interdisciplinary Studies Committee.

  • Core program will encompass a broad spectrum of courses as you divide your studies among three areas of instruction within the participating degree-granting colleges.
  • Select an area of emphasis in a four-year program which will be designated as your “host” college.

Our Faculty 

  • are innovative and interactive
  • win teaching awards
  • use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning

Akron Advantage

Hands-on Research

Experience interdisciplinary studies firsthand through the research facilities available in the three areas of instruction you choose to match your specific needs and interests.

Real-world Experience

Gain practical professional experience through UA's optional cooperative education program in the applied mathematics field of your choice. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school while earning a competitive salary.


Curriculum Guide

For More Information:

Interdisciplinary Studies

Contact: Greg Dieringer

Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

An interdisciplinary education offers limitless career opportunities. Graduates of interdisciplinary programs
enjoy careers in:

  • business
  • industry
  • engineering
  • law
  • education
  • medicine
  • sales
  • art
  • nonprofit settings
  • communication

Career Outlook

Employment for those with a degree in interdisciplinary studies is growing. Job prospects are especially good for those with advanced degrees.

A&S Careers Program

Creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:

  • lending library with up-to-date, career-related publications
  • computer workroom for resume writing and employment research
  • volunteer, paid and for-credit internship placement on and off campus
  • department-specific mentoring arrangements

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