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Interdisciplinary Studies Social Sciences
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Flexible & Focused


Our online and/or in the classroom interdisciplinary studies lets you choose from a range of academic fields with an option for a specialized focus.



Transfer in up to 105 credits for prior learning, accelerating your online degree completion and saving time and money.

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Advance your career in advocacy, business, criminal justice, education, human services, and public-health – our program and course lists go on and on.


BS Interdisciplinary Studies - Social Sciences

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Are you interested in designing your own Bachelor of Science degree?  

Earning an interdisciplinary degree in the social sciences allows just that. Our graduates find employment because they were able to build on their strengths and expand knowledge areas relevant to their future profession. In this program, you have the rare opportunity to blend majors and add minors of your choice. For example, you may take courses from psychology, law, political science, and history to create a major that supports your career and educational ambitions. Work in a variety of career fields including social work, law, therapy, environmental policy, public health, to name just a few.


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Photo of Karen AparicioI’ve always been interested in the social sciences, particularly psychology, but I wasn’t sure which way I wanted to go as a returning student. The IDS-Social Sciences program offered me the opportunity to explore several disciplines within the social sciences and the flexibility to customize my degree to my interests.

As I progressed through the IDS program, I narrowed my focus to psychology, taking courses within that discipline that piqued my interest. In addition, I took classes in other disciplines, like criminal justice and sociology, that complimented my overall learning objectives. Finally, I took advantage of the independent study option to create one, two, and three-credit courses that focused on my area of interest within psychology.

My experience with the IDS program at Central provided flexibility and strong foundational knowledge of the social sciences, which gave me the confidence to pursue a Master of Liberal Arts in Psychology at Harvard Extension School. Upon graduation, I plan to use my education to become a full-time volunteer in retirement and help abuse victims.

Karen L. Aparicio
Class of 2020, IDS – Social Sciences, CWU
ALM (psychology) candidate, Harvard Extension School has published its 2021 rankings, and Central Washington University has been ranked #3 on our list of Best Online Bachelor's in Social Science Programs!                                                                                  

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