Multidisciplinary Studies…so what does that mean?

The Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies (MDST) is a multidisciplinary degree which allows students much flexibility in designing degree programs that relate to their personal academic and career goals. The MDST major permits an interdisciplinary approach to education allowing students the opportunity to acquire a well-rounded educational background and problem-solving skills. The objectives of the program are to develop students that have a solid foundation in the content material of three different disciplines and are skilled in communication, critical thinking, and analysis, investigating and solving problems, managing tasks, and relating to others. The program allows students to develop academic themes or topics that fall outside the usual disciplinary boundaries. The Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies is also available as an online degree program.

Which employers have been recruiting MDST graduates?

  • ABRAXAS Youth & Family Services – Mental Health Technician
  • Accenture – Java Application Support Specialist
  • Advantage Medical Supply Co. – Sales Representative
  • AIDS Services of Austin – Non-Medical Case Manager
  • American Cancer Society – Bilingual Cancer Information Specialist
  • American Income Life – Manager in Training
  • American Museum of Natural History MAT Program – Urban Teaching Fellow/MAT Candidate
  • AT&T- Dallas- Business Account Executive
  • AXA Advisors, LLC – Financial Consultant
  • CEDRA Clinical Research – Scheduling Coordinator
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)- US – National Clandestine Service
  • Chase Bank – Retail Management Development Program
  • Citizen Schools – AmeriCorps National Teaching Fellowship
  • City of Bryan – Police Officer
  • City Year San Antonio – City Year AmeriCorps Member
  • Coley & Associates, Inc. – Instructional/Multimedia Developer
  • Consolidated Electrical Distributors – Management Trainee
  • Crockett National Bank- Legacy Mutual Mortgage- Marketing Coordinator
  • CST Brands – Store Manager in Training
  • Educational Testing Services – Graphic Designer
  • Edward Jones- San Antonio – Financial Advisor
  • Eli Lilly & Co. – Pharmaceutical Primary Care Sales Representative Neuroscience
  • Enterprise Holdings – Management Trainee
  • Environmental Defense Fund – Fisheries Conservation and Outreach Coordination
  • Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas – Special Events Coordinator
  • ESPN – ESPN Stats & Information
  • ETI Professional Headquarters – Biomedical Software Developer
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)- Washington, D.C. – Multiple positions
  • George Gervin Youth Center, Inc. – Program Aide
  • Harland Clarke – Sr. Financial Analyst
  • HEB- Grocery Retail- Developer
  • IDEA Public Schools – Classroom Teachers
  • JET Program/Consulate- General of Japan at Houston- Assistant Language Teacher (ALT)
  • Johnson County Children’s Advocacy Center – Spanish Speaking Interviewer/Advocate
  • Jubilee Theater – Marketing Manager
  • KIPP San Antonio- Bilingual Lead Teacher
  • Labatt Food Service – Presentation Specialist
  • McKing Consulting Corporation- Public Health Apprentice Program- Texas
  • Meritage Homes – Construction Manager
  • National Associates, Inc. – Loss Mitigation Role
  • National Veterans Outreach Program American GI Forum – Director of Client Services
  • Oasis Events, Inc. – Campaign and Event Coordinator
  • San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse – Coalition Coordinator
  • St. Jude’s Ranch for Children – Child Specialist
  • Tesoro – Associate Transportation Accountant
  • Texas Department of Agriculture – Food and Nutritional Program Specialist
  • Union Pacific – Apprentice Train Dispatcher
  • US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management – Various positions
  • USAA – Investment Service Representative
  • UT Health Science Center- San Antonio – Compliance Coding Technician

Strategies

  • Be creative and intentional about marketing your degree
  • Familiarize yourself with proposal writing and gain as much relevant experience through part-time jobs, internships, and leadership/volunteer positions
  • Develop excellent written and oral communication skills and develop attention to detail
  • Get involved in roles of leadership (such as: resident advisor, peer mentor, student advisor, student organization leadership, etc.)
  • Participate in activities such as: debate or literary clubs, campus publications, or student government
  • Develop transferable skills and strong statistics background for research positions
  • Learn to be skillful at analytical reasoning
  • Set goals and action steps to develop your own personalized career action plan
  • Utilize the free services (workshops, webinars and events) hosted by the University Career Center to become a marketable candidate

Connect

Connect with Abreetta Bonner, career counselor for the MDST program. You can schedule an appointment to develop goals and action steps and create a personalized career action plan specific to your career goals.

Request more information on Multidisciplinary Studies or the online degree program.

By Abreetta Bonner
Abreetta Bonner Career Counselor, University College Abreetta Bonner