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, Digital Communication, Psychology, or sciences.

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 Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS). 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 MDS 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 campus, with its close proximity to Los Angeles and its WorldPort, afford 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:


The Arts emphasis provides flexible exposure to the arts, with a mix of lecture and studio classes ranging from Art History to Design and Digital Media.


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.


The Business emphasis combines essential foundations in economics and accounting with a flexible range of options from within the Business curriculum. This emphasis allows students to develop a business perspective as part of their MDS degree.


The Chemistry emphasis provides a solid foundation for students seeking to pursue further professional studies in the science field.  This emphasis prepares students for a career in lab science including pharmaceutical, forensic science or others.

Computer Science

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.

Digital Communication

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 Philosophy emphasis fosters reflection on the eternal human questions about reality, life and meaning to support personal decision making. Students explore diverse answers to these questions, learning to articulate an empathetic understanding of the belief/value systems of others, analyze the logical consistency of arguments, identify underlying assumptions, and so in respectful dialogue with others arrive at personal answers to these questions.


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.

A student completing a Marymount Bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies 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

+1 MBA

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