Interdisciplinary Studies, BA

Recent social movements in California and across the United States have highlighted the need for reform in our community institutions to establish equity, access, and social justice. Our Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Educational and Community Leadership will prepare you to meet this need.

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Program Summary


Bachelor of Arts

Program Length

2 or 3 years

Program Units


Cost Per Unit

$425 · Financial aid and scholarships available

Application Deadlines

December 1 for Spring · May 1 for Summer · July 15 for Fall

Create Change and Tackle Inequality

Interdisciplinary Studies combines a variety of academic disciplines including education and the social sciences and empowers students to promote change for social justice in their communities as they advance in their careers.

Quality Bachelor's Degree

Our Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Educational and Community Leadership is located in the Department of Educational Leadership in our SJSU Lurie College of Education. The courses are designed and taught by our renowned SJSU faculty, which means that you will earn the same quality degree as all of our SJSU graduates and have the same opportunity to proudly cross the stage during your SJSU commencement ceremony.

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Convenient Program Structure

We know that you're balancing several priorities, so we've designed this program to provide you with the flexibility you need to complete your bachelor's degree.

  • Apply on a rolling basis for a fall, spring or summer start.

  • Maximize the number of credits you transfer to minimize your time to completion.

  • Enroll in classes year-round during five, eight-week terms.

  • Participate in classes on your own time, as well as during scheduled weeknights and weekends.

  • Engage with your faculty and classmates on a regular basis.

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Valuable Learning Experiences

Our program includes courses in our Departments of Child and Adolescent Development, Communicative Disorders and Sciences, Educational Leadership, Special Education, and Teacher Education with plenty of opportunities to apply your learning.

  • Inclusive Education Concentration: Prepare to work with diverse communities – both in school and beyond school education settings – through pathways such as teacher credential programs, special education credential programs, afterschool programs, and resource coordinators. Complete special education credential courses so that you can later complete a special education credential at SJSU with fewer courses and enroll in the credential as an intern.

  • Early Childhood Education Concentration: Prepare to qualify for a Master Teacher and Site Supervisor Early Childhood Permit. This pathway is recommended if you are interested in later pursuing a credential to become a transitional kindergarten (TK) teacher or a career working with children ages 0-5 and their families.

  • High Impact Advising: Our team invests the time to get to know each student on an individual level and learn how we can support them. We regularly check-in with students and always follow up on questions and needs. We form familial bonds with our students and are highly invested in their success.

  • Responsive and Caring Faculty: Our SJSU faculty ensure that courses provide quality and organized learning experiences and foster a collaborative community among students. They are also responsive to students’ needs and input.

Diverse Career Outcomes

Through exposure to a curriculum that explores societal inequities and teaches methods to accentuate strengths of a community and of its members, you will develop leadership skills that apply to a wide range of careers in education, child and youth services, community organizations, and social services.

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Why I chose SJSU

"The faculty are amazing — they take time to talk to us after class when we need them, and that’s not something that all teachers do."

Doris Alejos
Doris Alejos‘23 Interdisciplinary Studies
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Why I chose SJSU

"I've felt so supported in this program, from the staff when I first registered and from my classmates - we’re such a tight-knit group now that we can connect and communicate very easily."

Mona Lisa Sharp
Mona Lisa Sharp‘23 Interdisciplinary Studies
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Apply Now for Spring 2023!

Our rolling admissions cycle for the Spring 2023 term is open until December 1, 2022. Complete your application via the Cal State Apply website.

Career Possibilities

Take a look at some of the top sectors, top companies, and examples of job titles of our alumni who studied Interdisciplinary Studies, according to LinkedIn.

Top Sectors

  • Arts and design

  • Business development

  • Community and social services

  • Education

  • Media and communication

  • Operations

Top Companies

  • City of San José

  • Palo Alto Unified School District

  • San José Unified School District

  • SJSU

Job Titles

  • Counselor

  • Donor and data coordinator

  • Elementary teacher

  • Health and wellness advisor

  • Operations director

  • Program manager

  • Resource specialist

Join our Spartan Alumni Network

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By completing your bachelor's degree with SJSU Online, you will also become part of our extensive network of more than 275,000 SJSU alumni who are located throughout the Bay Area, across the United States, and around the world. According to LinkedIn, more than 21,000 of those alumni work in education and nearly 15,000 work in community and social services.

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