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Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies in Education and Human Services

Design your own program of study tailored to develop the knowledge and skills to help you get the career you want.

The MDS Program emphasizes flexibility and problem solving. It helps students learn to use specialized knowledge from individual disciplines to analyze problems from divergent perspectives.

An MDS student at CEHS will choose three minor areas (two must be from CEHS) and must demonstrate how these fields of study work together toward his/her educational and/or career goals. MDS students participate in a capstone during their final semester, incorporating their three disciplines into a senior project, presentation, and paper.

Successful completion of the Bachelor in Multidisciplinary Studies (BMDS) in the College of Education and Human Services, does not lead to certification or licensure in any state.

Admission Requirements

  • Hours required to complete major: 120
  • G.P.A. Required: 2.5
  • Math Requirement: Math 121 (or higher)

General Requirements:

  • Two minors must be from the College of Education and Human Services
  • A grade of “C” or better required in all minors courses
  • Successful completion of the Capstone course with a minimum grade of "C"
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

MDS Program Curriculum

The requirements for this program are individually determined by the student and advisor based upon the specific minor areas selected by the student within the general requirements for this major as outlined in the WVU Undergraduate Catalog.

View MDS in EDHS Degree Requirements.

CEHS Minors

Minor in Addiction Studies (U147) – 15 HRS.

The minor in Addiction Studies prepares addiction professionals for employment in substance use disorder treatment, and related settings, to help combat the addiction crisis in West Virginia and across the nation.

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Minor in Child Development and Family Studies (U081) – 18 HRS.

This minor prepare individuals to work with children and their families in a variety of professional settings. Students will concentrate on courses that address topics, such as the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of children as facilitated by families, educators, child care professionals, and others.

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Minor in Family and Youth (U103) – 18 HRS.

The family and youth minor will prepare individuals to work with families and young people. Students will concentrate on courses that address topics, such as the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of youth as facilitated by families, educators, child care professionals, and others.

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Minor in Human Services (U112) – 15 HRS.

A minor in human services meets the increasing need of public and private sector employers for paraprofessionals. Students who complete a minor in human services may be employed through public agencies, hospitals, government-sponsored housing or clinics, and some criminal justice offices. Graduates will be prepared to work in social services, mental health and substance abuse agencies, or in other related positions under the guidance of counselors, psychologists, nurses, and social workers.

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Minor in Infant and Toddler (U102) – 19 HRS.

This minor prepares individuals to work with infants and toddlers in a variety of professional settings. Students will concentrate on courses that address topics, such as the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers, as facilitated by families, educators, child care professionals, and others.

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Possible CEHS Minor Combinations and Sample Career Paths

Addiction-Related Services

  • Adolescent Addiction Treatment Professional
    • Addiction Studies
    • Human Services
    • Family and Youth
  • Adult Treatment Professional
    • Addiction Studies
    • Human Services
    • Psychology
  • Drug Court Case Manager
    • Addiction Studies
    • Human Services
    • Psychology, Family and Youth, or Sociology
  • DUI Assessment and Treatment Counselor
    • Addiction Studies
    • Human Services
    • Sociology
  • Perinatal/maternal Addiction Treatment Professional
    • Addiction Studies
    • Human Services
    • Family and Youth or Women and Gender Studies
  • Prevention and Education Specialist
    • Addiction Studies
    • Family and Youth or Child Development and Family Studies
    • Health Promotion
  • Residential and Sober-Living House Counselor
    • Addiction Studies
    • Human Services
    • Psychology
  • Providing Services to Diverse Populations
    • Addiction Studies
    • LGBTQ Studies
    • Family and Youth
    • Addiction Studies
    • Native American Studies
    • Human Services
    • Addiction Studies
    • Women and Gender Studies
    • Human Services
    • Addiction Studies
    • Sport and Exercise Psychology
    • Family and Youth
  • Equine-Assisted Services
    • Addiction Studies
    • Equine Studies - Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies Track
    • Human Services, Disability Studies, Family and Youth, Psychology, or Sport and Exercise Psychology

Child/Family Support Services

  • Case Manager (children of migrant workers, geriatric population)
    • Child Development/Family Studies
    • Early Intervention OR Special Education
    • TESL
  • Youth Worker
    • Family and Youth
    • Human Services
    • Psychology or Sociology
  • Group Home Worker
    • Family and Youth
    • Human Services
    • Psychology or Sociology
  • Youth Counselor/Recreation Program
    • Child Development/Family Studies
    • Family and Youth
    • Adventure Sports or Leadership/Athletic Coaching
  • Child Abuse Worker
    • Family and Youth
    • Infant and Toddler
    • Sociology
  • Juvenile Court Liaison
    • Family and Youth
    • Special Education
    • Sociology

Adult Support Services

  • Social Work Assistant/Residential Manager
    • Human Services
    • Family and Youth
    • Business Administration
  • Social Service Liaison
    • Family and Youth
    • Human Services
    • Leadership Studies or Communication Studies PR
  • Residential Counselor
    • Family and Youth
    • Human Services
    • Leadership Studies or Communication Studies
  • Adult Day Care Worker
    • Human Services
    • Disability Studies
    • Strength and Conditioning or Gerontology certificate
  • Assisted Living/Activities Director
    • Human Services
    • Disability Studies
    • Group Fitness or Strength and Conditioning
  • Hospice Worker
    • Human Services
    • Family and Youth
    • Religious Studies
  • Case Monitor/Parole Officer
    • Human Services
    • Disability Studies
    • Sociology
  • Probation Officer
    • Human Services
    • Family and Youth
    • Sociology

Home/Community Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities

  • Birth to Three Intervention Specialist
    • Early Intervention
    • Disability Studies
    • Infant and Toddler
  • Adult Disabilities Services Specialist
    • Special Education
    • Disability Studies
    • Human Services
  • Family Support Specialist
    • Special Education
    • Disability Studies
    • Family and Youth Studies
  • Special Recreation Director
    • Special Education
    • Disability Studies
    • Recreation, Parks and Tourism
  • Rehabilitation Case Worker
    • Human Services
    • Disability Studies
    • Communication Studies

Advocacy and Policy Work

  • Child Advocate
    • Human Services
    • Child Development/Family Studies
    • Political Science
  • Disability Advocate
    • Special Education
    • Disability Studies
    • Law and Legal Studies
  • Disability Policy Analyst
    • Special Education
    • Disability Studies
    • Political Science
  • Lobbyist
    • Human Services
    • Disability Studies
    • Law and Legal Studies or American Politics

Community Program Management

  • Community Outreach (Health)
    • Human Services
    • Family and Youth
    • Health Promotions
  • Non-Profit Manager
    • Human Services
    • Disability Studies
    • Leadership Studies or Professional Writing and Editing
  • Program Director
    • Human Services
    • Family and Youth
    • Business Administration
  • Grant Writer
    • Human Services
    • Disability Studies
    • Professional Writing/Editing
Note: The Gerontology Certificate may enhance your chosen minors; however, it does not fulfill a minor requirement.

For more information, please contact 304-293-2169 or CEHSadvising@mail.wvu.edu