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Multidisciplinary Studies and Minors

Through the College of Creative Arts’ Multidisciplinary Studies program, students have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies (BMds) degree by following an individualized course of study that they create based on their own career goals and artistic interests. You can combine different fields of study into one degree program that fosters your individual creativity while providing you with opportunities in performance, exhibition, and scholarship.

The MDS program affords you the flexibility of selecting three different areas of study (academic minors) to create your individualized educational plan. Combined with WVU’s general education requirements, at least two of the minors must be selected from programs offered by the College. In addition, minors must be selected from at least two different schools (art, music, theatre & dance) within the College. The MDS course of study culminates with a “capstone” project where you demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have acquired during your specialized course of study.

How to Apply to the MDS Program

The Multi-Disciplinary Studies (MDS) major within the College of Creative Arts requires for students to select at least two minors within the college, along with a third minor which can be selected from anywhere in the university including the College of Creative Arts. If three minors are chosen from the College of Creative Arts, minors must be selected from at least two different Schools within the college.

Minors within the School of Theatre & Dance do not require an audition and minors within the School of Art & Design do not require a portfolio review. Some minors within the School of Music do require an audition.

After you have completed the application for the MDS program you will be contacted by an MDS advisor to schedule a meeting to review your selection of minors and discuss scheduling.

Apply now to the MDS Program

College of Creative Arts’ Minors

The College of Creative Arts offers a number of different minors that range from a general overview of a particular discipline to experiencing the practical application of an art form. Participation in some minors may require the completion of certain coursework and/or a successful audition/review process.