Multidisciplinary Studies with Education Concentration

  • Credits: 120
  • Degree:
    Bachelor of Arts

Program Description

The baccalaureate program in multidisciplinary studies at Cambridge College is a flexible option for students who are attending college for the first time or returning after years away. The program develops academic and workplace skills for success and knowledge across a variety of academic fields. It is ideal for students who have broad academic interests and a desire to continue enhancing their knowledge throughout their lives. The program is very flexible, supporting each student’s interests with a wide selection of liberal arts courses to choose from.

Students hone their own academic skills that they will later teach to others, and they take methods courses that lay a good foundation for teaching. Content courses build a strong knowledge base in the area in which they aim to teach.

Program Outcomes:

Specific learning outcomes of the Multidisciplinary Studies degree with the Education Concentration include:

  • Critical Thinking, Logic, and Analysis
  • Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Written and Oral Communication
  • Information Literacy and Computer Sciences
  • Understanding of the scope and relevance of the arts and humanities throughout history and within contemporary society
  • Integration of Scientific Thought and Analysis 
  • Understanding of intercultural and intra-cultural concepts within the social sciences
  • Fundamental theories and practices within K-12 education
  • Social foundations of education
  • Classroom management and discipline
  • Teaching math in elementary grades
  • Integrated language arts and reading
  • Strategies for teaching
  • Psychology of learning
  • The successful inclusion classroom

Careers and Further Study:

Students will acquire a vocabulary in concepts and methods of critical thinking and will gain the skills necessary to navigate and manage complex systems, obtain fulfilling employment, and compete in the working world. Students will develop persuasive oral communication and writing skills and be prepared to utilize them in their employment and graduate study. With these transferrable skills and broad-based knowledge, our graduates will be equipped to take on new and unforeseen challenges in this fast-paced and quickly changing world.

Our graduates go on to a wide variety of careers, often working in schools, community organizations and services, government agencies, and businesses. Many go on to graduate study in fields ranging from education, to law, to business management.

Graduates find employment as teachers or aides in a wide range of schools and as educators in community organizations. The concentration is not designed to meet licensure requirements; however, graduates will be prepared to enroll in a master of education program leading to educator licensure.

Program Chair

Laura Ziman


General Education - Learning to Learn
Principles and Processes of Adult Learning
LRN 175 3 credit(s)
Students explore theories of adult learning. They clarify the fit between their academic program and their learning and career needs, and see how their prior learning fits in. They assess their academic skills of critical thinking, mathematics, writing, and computer literacy. Students become independent learners who can effectively manage the structures, processes and expectations of undergraduate education.
College Writing I
WRT 101 3 credit(s)
Through challenging readings, class discussion, small group col­laboration, and different forms of writing, students learn the skills and process of “thinking on paper.” They learn to construct an argument or discussion that supports a clear thesis and present it effectively in a well-organized essay that observes the conventions of written English. They write academic papers that analyze and synthesize the issues suggested in two or more readings. Critical reading, critical thinking, research skills, and forms of documentation are also introduced.
Foundations of Critical Thinking
CTH 225 3 credit(s)
We learn to engage in reasoned thinking. We learn to formulate hypotheses; conceive and state definitions, and understand logical consistency and inconsistency. We explore the differences between claims of fact, value, and policy; what constitutes credible evidence; the nature of assumptions. We learn what constitutes a persuasive argument as opposed to an emotive and propagandistic one, and critically examine them. Students learn to present clear, well thought out critical arguments in writing and oral presentations. We look at the relationships among thinking, writing, speaking and listening, laying a strong foundation for improving our capacity to write, speak, and listen well.
College Mathematics I
MAT 101 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT100 If assessment indicates need. This course introduces students to the value of mathematics for students’ career and educational goals. Students will acquire mathematical study skills, gain strategies for problem solving, and develop a sound foundation for future mathematics coursework. The course is structured towards engaging students in active, applied, and real-life learning in order to facilitate mathematical problem solving and conceptual understanding.
Introduction to Computer Applications
CMP 130 3 credit(s)
Assessment available. This course provides a hands-on introduction to the personal computer, Windows, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, the Internet, and an overview of Word, Excel and Power-Point uses. Students begin with the basics of each application and progress through intermediate level.
College Writing II
WRT 102 3 credit(s)
WRT102 acquaints students with the academic research paper as both process and product. The course begins with an intensive review of the strategies and techniques for writing an academic essay that are covered in WRT101 and then moves to selecting and narrowing a topic, preliminary research, and establishing a focus for a 12-15 page argument research paper. The final paper includes an abstract, an introduction, discussion, conclusion, and references. Students learn how to write an Annotated Bibliograph and use APA documentation for in-text citations and references.
Information Literacy
CMP 230 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: CMP130 (course or portfolio) and familiarity with Windows and/or Mac operating system, or permission of instructor. Information literacy is necessary for lifelong learning and career advancement. It is the ability to analyze problems, research and select relevant information, create an effective presentation from that information, and, when appropriate, publish it in print or electronic formats. Students acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities to apply principles of information literacy to their academic and professional lives. A problem-centered approach is used. Students use the Internet and e-mail news groups, file transfer and Netscape, and search engines. They learn to evaluate the credibility of information and use problem-solving paradigms.
College Mathematics II
MAT 102 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT101 If assessment indicates need. Challenge exam available. This course develops students’ mathematical thinking and problem solving around issues of both mathematical content and process. Students will acquire a conceptual and practical understanding of and familiarity with numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and basic data analysis and probability. The course focuses on supporting students’ understanding of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representations. A key feature of the course is active student involvement to support communicating mathematics in everyday and academic contexts.
General Education - Arts and Humanities
General Education - Natural and Physical Sciences
General Education - Social Sciences
General Education - Open Electives
Multidisciplinary Major - Arts and Humanities

Upper level courses (300 level and above).

Multidisciplinary Major - Natural and Physical Sciences

Upper level courses (300 level and above).

Multidisciplinary Major - Social Sciences

Upper level courses (300 level and above).

Multidisciplinary Major - Electives

Upper level courses (300 level and above).

Multidisciplinary Major - Capstone
Multidisciplinary Studies Capstone
BAM 490 3 credit(s)
Prerequisites: 90 credits minimum, including WRT101 and WRT102. The Capstone is a comprehensive research project which is the culminating academic activity that helps to synthesize students’ learning in the undergraduate multidisciplinary program. It is an opportunity to explore a topic of personal or professional interest in the field of multidisciplinary studies and to create an original project or piece of research that contributes to the field. The Capstone is 25-30 pages in length and follows a research paper format appropriate to the field of study. Students work together in class and meet or communicate individually with the instructor as needed. Those who take an additional term to complete the Capstone must register for BAM491 and pass before graduating.
Concentration: Education

(does not satisfy licensure requirements)

Classroom Management and Discipline
EMC 300 3 credit(s)
This course is designed to support prospective teachers in the exploration of student differences in the classroom and how it impacts teaching and learning, specifically in regards to issues of classroom management and discipline. The course will focus on issues such as classroom management techniques, group dynamics, teacher/student interrelations, leadership styles, peer group dynamics, appropriate punishment, crisis control, coping with special students, teacher/ student rights, teacher authority, and communication with parents and administration. A primary objective is to examine how well-organized and managed classrooms set the stage for student learning and achievement. This course, as such, explores both the theory and practice in the field of classroom management to provide students with a theoretical foundation and personal strategies that can be effectively implemented in the elementary classroom.
Integrated Language Arts & Reading
EMC 301 3 credit(s)
Students investigate the reading process and the rationale for integrating listening and speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking by practicing all of these elements. Focus is on the principles and practice of language acquisition and activities that encourage creativity and methods of developing, linking and expanding a child’s encounters with literature.
Successful Inclusion in the Classroom
EMC 318 3 credit(s)
Students will learn about different techniques and models that promote the successful inclusion of all students in elementary and early education classrooms. Students will gain knowledge about existing federal and state laws, how to adequately understand and develop individualized education plans, plan collaboratively with other teachers to meet students’ needs, and enrich the learning environment for all.
Social Foundations of Education
EMC 319 3 credit(s)
The social foundations of education course is an exploration and analysis of the underlying issues within contemporary educational policies, practices, and theories. It is an attempt to ground the day-to-day realities of the classroom within larger philosophical, historical, anthropological, political, legal, and sociological contexts. Such an interdisciplinary perspective will allow students to begin to reflect upon the structures and practices of American education and provide a foundation from which to continue becoming reflective and critical educational practitioners.
Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Grades
EMC 401 3 credit(s)
This course provides elementary teachers with a strong foundation in mathematics language, principles, and teaching methods and strategies.
Strategies for Teaching
EMC 420 3 credit(s)
This course introduces students to the field of education as an entrance into the challenges and opportunities of becoming a classroom teacher. The course provides a general overview of best practices in teaching and student learning within the context of how American education is organized. This course serves as a foundation for becoming an effective and moral teacher, and, as such, emphasizes understanding of national and disciplinary standards as well as overarching codes of ethics of being a teacher. In particular, the course uses the NCATE standards to highlight the need for a teacher to possess specific content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and dispositions. The course is applicable for elementary, middle, and high school teachers and will make use of both content-independent and content-specific pedagogical methods to demonstrate and apply applicable best practices.
Psychology of Learning
PSY 310 3 credit(s)
The conditions of learning are explored, from the prenatal through adolescence and early adulthood, emphasizing cognitive and emo­tional development. Current views of behavioral change and the learn­ing process are introduced. The theoretical models of Piaget, Pavlov, and Erickson are covered. Students formulate original ideas and incorporate established theories to develop a better understanding of concepts and assist with transferring theory into practice. Topics include the nature-nurture controversy, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, effects of prenatal development on learning, cultural and environmental effects of development, and multicultural awareness.
Concentration Electives

Electives in education, psychology, human services

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor



  • Admission Test:

    Passing grade on TOEFL (English language proficiency test) is required for international students.

  • Admissions Office:
  • Application:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

General Requirements

Official Transcript: High school or GED
One Completed Recommendation Form
Personal Statement

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  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Graduation Fee:
    $110 (charged in last term)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $1,497 (Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.)

Note: Rates are as of September 2013, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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