Multi-Disciplinary Studies

Value and benefits of the MDS major:

  • Students get to customize their courses of study to align with their career path.
  • Majoring in MDS can prepare students for careers in a variety of fields.
  • After earning an associate degree in MDS at Potomac State College, students can choose to complete a bachelor’s degree through WVU Morgantown, either on campus or online.
  • Being proficient in a variety of subjects can make graduates more marketable to future employers which can increase earning potential.

The multidisciplinary studies (MDS) major consists of a 60 credit-hour curriculum that will allow students to customize their coursework to their interests by blending three distinct minors, which may include:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Humanities
  • Fine Arts

Majoring in MDS stresses the importance of:

  • A broad-based knowledge of three distinct areas of study
  • Ability to think critically in each of the three disciplines
  • Ability to interpret information using the most appropriate discipline’s toolset
  • Ability to perform essential research
  • Cross-disciplinary communication
  • Ability to analyze problems from different perspectives 
  • Problem solving skills and flexibility
  • Ability to apply academic knowledge to contemporary, political, social, scientific, and humanitarian questions

Soft skills that today’s employers are looking for in an employee:

  • Communication, both written and verbal
  • Teamwork
  • Adaptability
  • Problem solving
  • Critical observation
  • Conflict resolution
  • Leadership


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