Liberal Studies

Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Formerly Liberal Studies

As one of the few Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences B.S. degrees in the country, the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS) program provides a well-rounded and multidisciplinary education. The IAS Core curriculum stresses oral and written communication, quantitative and scientific analysis, ethical problem solving, and critical thinking, whereas the IAS Concentration allows students to ask and answer questions from multiple perspectives.

Students interested in earning a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences can contact the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Department ( or 406-496-4275) to speak with a faculty member. 

The Faculty of the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Department stand united for the ideals of diversity, acceptance, and inclusion at our university. We welcome all students to learn to the best of their abilities on our campus in an environment free from racism, sexism, bigotry, harassment, and oppression. We uphold these ideals ourselves, and strongly encourage our colleagues across the university both to uphold these ideals, and to teach them when appropriate to our students as a way to move human society forward.

Degrees and Programs

Catalog Information


Liberal Studies at Montana Tech is recognized and accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS).

William Chance Scholarship

William Chance Scholarship

The Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Department awards The William Chance Scholarship each academic year. The amount of the scholarship varies, depending on the number of applicants. Each applicant should have a GPA of 3.0 and be able to show involvement in college or community service. For more information please contact: Professor Michael Masters (

Steps to Earning an IAS Degree

Complete Core Courses – Competencies in the following areas:
  • Written Communication
  • Speech and Interpersonal Communication
  • Literature and The Arts
  • History
  • Human Sciences
  • Philosophical and Political Thinking
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Foundations of Science

Complete a Multidisciplinary Concentration by:

  • Choosing a Designed Path in
  • Professional and Technical Communication
  • The Politics of Representation
  • Interpreting Humanity
  • Business, Government, and Professional Communication
  • Human BioCultural Evolution
  • Energy Development and the Use of the Natural Environment


Combine two or more Montana Tech Minors or Certificates including (but not limited to):

  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Data Science
  • Mathematics
  • Network Technology
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Statistics
  • Health Information Technology
  • Professional Landman
  • Environmental Restoration


  • Work with your faculty advisor to design your own concentration

Participate in a Capstone Experience by choosing either:

An undergraduate research experience (often for students interested in continuing to graduate or professional school)


A professional internship (often for students planning to engage the workforce immediately after graduation)