Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies

Student in class at Marymount California University

Imagine Your Amazing Life

Imagine graduating with a broad knowledge of business, arts and media, psychology, global studies or American studies.

Imagine a meaningful internship and service learning experiences that include a law office, a non-profit organization or a classroom of young students.

Imagine completing your degree and coming away with a digital resume, showcasing your academic achievements and hands-on experience, that you can show potential employers or graduate schools.

Your amazing life comes into view with a Marymount California University Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. Marymount alumni have achieved success in many fields, including teaching, law, business, and international relations. Former students are professors and business leaders, while others work in medicine, government and in the non-profit sector, for companies such as the California Heart & Vascular Institute, the Department of Homeland Security and Bishop Amat Memorial High School.

The Marymount California University Liberal Arts Degree will provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge and experience. Your classes will be small in size, which will allow you to fully engage in learning, including case study presentations, discussion, and reflection on what you’ve learned. You will receive individual faculty mentoring and targeted advising from your professors. The University’s Oceanview and Waterfront campuses, with their close proximity to Los Angeles and its WorldPort, afford the Liberal Arts students many opportunities, including practical internships, where you can apply what you’ve learned in the classroom and make valuable connections with an array of accomplished professionals. Our goal is to graduate students who are prepared for the working world or graduate school with an impressive résumé.

Build a Solid Foundation

During the freshman and sophomore years, students will build an educational foundation that prepares them for their upper division studies.

Develop a Deeper Level of Understanding

During the junior year, students complete most of their core liberal arts courses and begin an in-depth study, combining two areas of emphasis from the following options:

American Studies

American Studies provides an interdisciplinary focus on United States history and culture. Choice of courses includes US History; Race, Ethnicity and Gender; Religion in America; Music in America; American Novel; Business, Government and Society; American Philosophy; and Food in America.

Arts & Media

Arts and Media provides an exposure to Media Studies, with a mix of theory and studio classes, such as Art History, Drawing, Design, Digital Media, Music, Film and Theater.

Behavioral Sciences 
This emphasis is only available for Biomedical Sciences students.

Behavioral Sciences is the study of human behavior for preparation for the MCAT exam and preparation for graduate pre-professional programs in the medical field. The emphasis includes a variety of courses in Psychology, Psychobiology and Sociology.


The Biology emphasis provides solid foundations for students seeking to pursue further professional studies in the health sciences or preparing for a career as a physician’s assistant. Coursework includes Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Immunology, Techniques in Biology Laboratory, and Medical Terminology.

Biomedical Science

Biomedical Sciences is a  pre-professional emphasis that provides students with a strong background in life sciences and physical sciences.  It is intended to serve as preparation for graduate study in medical programs and related health fields.


Business places a strong emphasis on fundamental concepts of Accounting and Economics, with a flexible choice of upper division business courses complementing the Business emphasis. Choices include Marketing; Entrepreneurship; Management for Sustainability; Communication and Leadership; The Art of Negotiation; California in the Global Economy; and Corporate Finance.

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice students study and research issues and problems related to Criminal Justice, with a perspective of developing the ethical framework for a life of compassionate service to others and society within this wide-ranging field.

Global Studies

Global Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to the development of awareness and understanding of global issues, including courses in Cultural Geography; Perspectives on Global Development; World Religions; Religion, Peace and War; Folk Roots and World Music; California in the Global Economy; and The Thirsty Planet.

Human Performance

The Human Performance emphasis is designed for students interested in coaching, athletic training, health education, wellness and related careers. Coursework includes Anatomy, Physiology, Human Performance, Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Ergogenic Aids.


The Music emphasis offers students a broad spectrum of academic opportunities in music.  Courses are offered in Performance, Theory, Composition, History, Ethnomusicology, Recording Arts, and Music Business.

Performing Arts

Performing Arts provides study in Dance, Music, and Theater. Emphasis is on students’ consideration and development of their own personal aesthetic values within an historical and eclectic framework.


Psychology provides a foundation in the study of human behavior. Courses include General Psychology; Research Methods; Social Psychology; Child and Adolescent Development; Industrial/Organizational Psychology; Foundations of Counseling and Intercultural Psychology.

Take Your Learning to the Next Level––The Capstone Project

During senior year, students finalize the remaining coursework in their chosen concentration and undertake their Capstone Project––the culminating experience of a Marymount California University Bachelor of Arts degree.  Each project is a year-long individual effort, involving theoretical and/or applied research completed with guidance from a faculty mentor. Capstone Project presentations represent the successful completion of the Bachelor’s program.

A student completing a Marymount Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts can expect to possess:

  • The ability to utilize the vocabulary and thought patterns of at least two different academic disciplines
  • The understanding of analytic methodology by applying at least two disciplines to an issue
  • The capability to select the most appropriate disciplinary approaches to the understanding of an issue
  • The aptitude to recognize and analyze the ethical implications of a given issue, and, where appropriate, articulate a personal position
  • Active engagement in collaborative study of an issue with representatives of various disciplines
  • Participation in experiential learning using collaborative skills for personal, social, civic and global responsibility.
Student Learning

In all our programs, MCU ensures that students advance their communication, analysis and decision-making skills, while broadening their appreciation of diverse perspectives and their ability to learn from experience. These Institutional Student Learning Outcomes flow from our commitment to Academic Excellence, Real World Learning and Character Formation.

Student Achievement

Students bring a rich array of talents and interests, leading to many forms of student achievement at MCU. What will you achieve? A distinctive Capstone presentation, surely. What else? Let MCU support your exploration and growth. Discover your interests. Develop your talents. And let your achievements shine.