East Tennessee State University’s Division of Cross-Disciplinary Studies is proud of our students and what they are preparing to do upon graduation. Students pursue an interdisciplinary program of study uniquely tailored to your needs, interests, and previously earned college credit. Our liberal arts-framed curriculum builds your lifelong learning skills* and prepares you for career advancement, civic engagement, and personal fulfillment through higher education.
Whether you are on-campus or online, ETSU students have access to several student
success resources. Below are links to helpful resources.
If your need is not met with one of these options, please call the main office and a staff member will get you additional information.
Adult, Commuter, and Transfer Services, serving students from onboarding through graduation. Visit their website here.
Find you textbook list and apparel needs here.
On-campus childcare option open to ETSU students. Learn more here.
Offers services and resources to ETSU students. Visit their website here.
Offers qualifying students who register with our office a variety of accommodations and assistance. Learn more here.
Schedule an appointment with your counselor and learn about Financial Aid options here.
A how-to document to help current students search for classes, find textbooks, and log in to TN eCampus portal. Click here to access the PDF.
The Center for Academic Achievement offers free individual tutoring in writing, math, science, many general education core courses, and select upper level courses. Visit their page here.
Offers services to veterans attending ETSU. Learn more here.
Our programs can serve the student working full-time and raising a family, the veteran/active
military member seeking to earn a degree, and the traditional student interested in
a program of study that takes a liberal arts approach while creating transferrable
skills and cultivating professional development.
- Accommodates students who want to study subjects or themes that cross disciplinary lines. Students may also create their own path and design a degree to best prepare for their educational and career aspirations.
- Allows students to pursue higher education that builds upon previous experience and education and outfits them to be a well-prepared, resilient worker as well as a thoughtful, discerning individual in their civic and personal life.
- Designed to help students contextualize interdisciplinary studies within a liberal arts framework that emphasizes critical thinking; intellectual flexibility; and lifelong learning drawn from multiple sources of insight.
- Meets individual and professional needs and interests not served by traditional majors. Due to their flexible nature, our programs appeal to students who have the ability to work more independently than is required in traditional degree programs.
- Provides students with the opportunity to look across disciplines and recognize innovative connections applicable in many fields.
- Takes a liberal arts approach while creating transferrable skills and cultivating personal and professional development.
- Because of its flexibility, students can usually complete a Cross-Disciplinary Studies degree in less time than they could more traditional degrees.
Marketing Your Degree
You are working towards a great accomplishment! Earning a bachelor’s degree can increase
your earning potential and help you advance in a career.
Since you are completing a unique degree program, how do you plan to market your degree? Working with an advisor to create a degree path shows initiative and creativity. Below are some tips on how to market yourself – and your degree – to employers.
Your Degree and Unique Curriculum
Degrees that stray from the standard fill-in-the-gap curriculum require thinking ahead. If you put in the effort, you can describe to your future employer how you crafted a degree specific to the demands of their position.
Your degree is unique to you – which means you are uniquely equipped for certain tasks and responsibilities. Your degree program is designed to heighten your abilities in the fields of technology, writing, and presentations. This can give you a head start as you navigate the workforce.
Most employers are looking for a candidate who can “hit the ground running” and adapt – you did that while earning your degree. Think of ways you can describe this. Be able to explain the importance of what you learned. If you can’t explain the importance of what you learned, you can’t market yourself.
*In-demand skills of critical thinking, intellectual flexibility, creative adaptability,
and independent inquiry are increasingly sought by employers.