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Multidisciplinary Studies, BMDS

Maybe you have a specific career goal in mind that can’t be met by an existing major. Or, perhaps you’ve begun a major that doesn’t suit your passions, becomes unrealistic to complete or you just want to design your own curriculum.

Employers and graduate school programs value versatile and creative individuals who can solve problems from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The Bachelor’s in Multidisciplinary Studies (BMDS) degree offers the flexibility to create a program of study that meets your unique career aspirations without sacrificing precious extra time and expense. You'll develop a breadth of knowledge and skills by completing core courses in career and professional development, as well as three academic minors.

What’s a minor, you ask? It’s a series of courses, totaling a minimum of 15 credits, that are concentrated around a specific subject of study. To complete the CAHS BMDS degree, students select at least two from our wide array of Applied Human Sciences minors and a third, either in CAHS or in another WVU college or school.

Your Degree Plan


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The flexibility and potential course offerings available through this major will help you succeed in both traditional and non-traditional employment opportunities in applied human services.

Check out the full list of CAHS minors to begin creating your customizable program of study. Many of these minors can be completed entirely online if you choose.

Take advantage of special options related to this major:

  • Honors

    Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first- and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.

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The WVU Difference

What sets this program apart from its competitors?

  • Build an individualized plan of study.
  • Gain experiences related to your dream job in applied human sciences.
  • Chart a pathway to graduate school.

90% of WVU freshmen receive grants or scholarships (2020-2021).

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Careers and Outcomes

How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Equine-Assisted Services

Consider CAHS minors in Addiction Studies and one of either Human Services or Sport and Exercise Psychology, and an additional minor in Equine Studies.

Suggested WVU Minors for students seeking this career:

Social Services

Consider CAHS minors in Family and Youth, Human Services and additional minors in Leadership Studies or Communication Studies.

Suggested WVU Minors for students seeking this career:

Sport Data Analyst

Consider CAHS minors in Sport Communication and Scholastic Coaching and an additional minor in Statistics or Mathematics.

Suggested WVU Minors for students seeking this career:

Youth Development Worker

Consider CAHS minors in Child Development and Family Studies, Family and Youth, and Sport Coaching.

Suggested WVU Minors for students seeking this career:

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Multidisciplinary Studies major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2023-24 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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