Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Experiential Learning


Do you have more than five years of professional working experience? Looking to complete a bachelor’s degree? The Bachelor of Arts degree with Prior Learning is designed for you.

Eastern’s program is based on the philosophy that adult learners have acquired university-level learning through their career experience. Prior Learning participants are awarded elective credits by articulating and illustrating their experiences in a portfolio that is evaluated by EWU faculty. Portfolios are prepared during enrollment in the ITDS 300 Portfolio Development course.

What You'll Learn

The following information comes from the official EWU catalog, which outlines all degree requirements and serves as the guide to earning a degree. Courses are designed to provide a well-rounded and versatile degree, covering a wide range of subject areas.

Interdisciplinary Studies: Experiential Learning Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Experiential Learning enables students to earn lower division elective credits (subject to faculty assessment*) toward their degree through submission of an experiential learning portfolio. Students also complete 60 upper division credits from multiple, distinct academic departments which may include minors, plus a specialized Portfolio Development course, ITDS 300. The curriculum is specifically designed for those who have extensive experience outside the formal classroom, and whose academic interests and goals are not met by existing majors. Students craft a personalized course of study that aligns with their specific academic aspirations and career objectives under the guidance of the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies. Ensuring a well-rounded and cohesive educational experience are 12 credits of required Interdisciplinary Core courses that emphasize an integrated approach to understanding complex, real-world problems.

*Contact the Interdisciplinary Studies Department for the current required Portfolio assessment fee.

Pre-approval is required from departments or program directors and the Interdisciplinary Studies director.

How does this degree compare with other Interdisciplinary Studies degree options? Review the program comparison table for detailed information.

Note: two years of a single high school world language or one year of a single college-level world language is required.

ITDS 490INTERDISCIPLINARY SR CAPSTONE (or other departmental capstone with ITDS Director approval)4
Upper division (300/400 level) credits chosen in consultation with faculty advisor.56
Total Credits72