Multidisciplinary Studies Degree Program (B.A.)

About the Program

This degree combines three disciplines into a coherent course of study to meet career and educational goals. It is ideal for students whose interests lie in multiple subject areas or those pursuing a career path that does not clearly align with a traditional discipline. Students may choose the customizable B.A. or follow the Film & Media Studies niche program that includes a prescribed list of courses.


Customized B.A.

The minimum number of semester credit hours for this degree is 120, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level.

Core curriculum Requirements: 42 Hours

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary Studies must fulfill the University Core Curriculum requirements.

Degree Requirements: 78 Hours

Students seeking a B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies must complete the following 78 semester credit hours:

Multidisciplinary Studies Foundation Courses: 6 semester credit hours

  • Technology Requirement:  IS 1403 or CS 1033 (3 semester credit hours)
  • Communication Requirement:  COM 1043, COM 1053, COM 2113, or ENG 2413 (3 semester credit hours)

Multidisciplinary Studies Fields of Study: 39 semester credit hours

All candidates for this degree must complete three areas of focus. Courses selected to satisfy each area must be approved by the Multidisciplinary Studies Program Coordinator and Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Furthermore, the courses used to satisfy each focus area must be completed with at least a 2.00 grade point average. 

  • Focus Area One:  15 semester credit hours of courses within a single discipline, with at least 9 hours at the upper-division level.
  • Focus Area Two:  12 semester credit hours of courses within a single discipline, with at least 6 hours at the upper-division level.
  • Focus Area Three:  12 semester credit hours of courses within a single discipline, with at least 6 hours at the upper-division level.

Introduction to Multidisciplinary Studies: 3 semester hours

All candidates for this degree must complete MDS 2013: Introduction to Multidisciplinary Studies.

Seminar for Multidisciplinary Studies Majors: 3 semester hours

All candidates for this degree must complete MDS 4983: Senior Seminar for Multidisciplinary Studies.

Free Electives: 18 semester credit hours

All candidates for this degree must complete 18 semester hours of free electives, at least 6 of which must be at the upper-division level.


MDST B.A. in Film & Media Studies

UTSA’s Film and Media Studies degree combines three disciplines (film history, culture and theory, and production) into a program of study that allows you to develop critical thinking and writing skills, creative experience, and a professional portfolio. Students have access to more than 40 possible courses on topics ranging from screenwriting to digital media production, from film history to the role of race and gender in film, from music and film to politics in film. Students have the flexibility to build a degree plan that meets their goals and culminates in a shared senior seminar and the opportunity to pursue an internship with many possible non-profits, corporations, or professional film productions.

View the Film & Media Studies Semester Plan