Jun 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Multidisciplinary Studies, BS

Director of Multidisciplinary Studies: Lisa Ellison (3307 Bate Building; 252-328-2617; ellisonl15@ecu.edu)

Structured Concentration Contacts: 

  • Environmental Studies: Beth Bee (205-A Brewster Building; 252-328-5197; beeb@ecu.edu)
  • Neuroscience: Tuan Tran (225 Rawl Building; 252-328-6445; trant@ecu.edu)
  • Security Studies: Armin Krishnan (119-A Brewster Building; 252-328-6156; krishnana@ecu.edu)

Individual Concentration Contract: Lisa Ellison (3307 Bate Building; 252-328-2617; ellisonl15@ecu.edu)

Multidisciplinary studies is a university-wide program administered by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. The goals of the program are to foster multidisciplinary study among various schools and departments, enable motivated students to pursue degrees in specialized or new fields, and encourage undergraduates to pursue research interests while working closely with faculty. Honors are awarded to students who earn a 3.5 GPA in approved major courses.

There are two multidisciplinary studies options.

The individual concentration is designed for the student (1) who has clear interests and objectives that overlap schools, departments, degrees, or concentrations; (2) whose interests and objectives cannot reasonably be met through existing majors, minors, and electives; and (3) whose program is not fashioned in order to bypass a requirement of an existing program. A course of study is developed by the student in consultation with faculty in the appropriate disciplines and the director of multidisciplinary studies. A formal proposal, including the list of faculty who will supervise the student, is submitted to the Multidisciplinary Studies Committee. To begin the process, interested students should contact the director of multidisciplinary studies for procedures and guidelines. The major must be approved early enough in one’s academic career in order to have time to adhere to program guidelines. To declare a major, students must have completed 30 s.h. with a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA and the student’s proposal must be approved by the Multidisciplinary Studies Committee. Requirements include MULT 3500  and MULT 4999  or comparable substitutions approved by the Multidisciplinary Studies Committee, from among thesis, senior seminar, and upper division content courses.

The nature of this program requires that the student be highly motivated and disciplined and that faculty advising the student be closely involved in the process from the proposal preparation stage through the completion of the program. The program is not a general studies degree and program guidelines prohibit approval into the program of students who have not developed a coherent and academically respectable course of study that meets program guidelines.

The structured concentrations are approved by the Multidisciplinary Studies Committee and are provided in areas where there has been clear evidence of significant student demand. For structured concentrations, students take a prearranged curriculum that is approved by a recognized academic committee with oversight in that disciplinary area. Requirements include MULT 3500  and MULT 4999  or comparable substitutions approved by the Multidisciplinary Studies Committee, from among thesis, senior seminar, and upper division content courses.Current structured concentrations are: environmental studies neuroscience , and security studies .

Minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit view the General Education Program  section.)

2. Core - 42 s.h.*

3. Minor or approved structured electives - 18 s.h.*

4. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.


A minimum of 24 s.h. from sections 2 and 3 must be above 2999.