Interdepartmental Major

Broad-Based Coursework

The Interdepartmental Major at Alfred University is designed for students who are interested in a variety of disciplines but who don't want to choose just one as a major. In this program, you'll be exposed to a broad course of study in the traditional liberal arts and sciences, fostering skills like conceptual analysis, critical thinking, disciplined writing, creative problem-solving, ethical and moral reasoning, and strong leadership.


Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY


Interdepartmental Major (BA)


none offered

Program Contact

Beth Ann Dobie



Easily Customized

One of the hallmarks of an Alfred University education is the ease with which students can take courses in all 14 divisions of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as the other schools and colleges within the university.

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must complete 32 credits of General Education Requirements as follows: 4 credits each of Literature, Philosophy/Religion, Arts, and History, and 8 credits each of Social and Natural Sciences.

To complete the Interdepartmental Major, students must take 40 additional credits from the following list of disciplines. These 40 credits must include a minimum of 4 credits from each of these 6 areas of knowledge.

  • Literature
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Art
  • History
  • Social Science
  • Natural Science

Upon completion of the Interdepartmental Major, students will have earned a total of 72 credits in these areas of knowledge.

*Students who have a particular interest in mind but who wish to take advantage of courses in a variety of disciplines may want to choose one of our established interdisciplinary majors or minors or they may wish to take advantage of our Individually Structured Major.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the Interdepartmental Major, as well as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences general education requirements, you'll be required to complete the College's First Year Experience Program or Transfer Student Program.

Faculty / Staff

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Beth Ann Dobie

Dean, College of LA&S