Dr. Dennis Downey

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors (BOG) has given its unanimous approval to Millersville’s proposal to offer a bachelor of arts degree in multidisciplinary studies (BA-MDST) starting this fall.

Dr. Dennis Downey, professor of history and director of the University Honors College, will serve as coordinator for a three-year term. He chaired the University task force on multidisciplinary studies and has been a member of the University community for more than three decades. As coordinator of the program, Downey will oversee and work with faculty, students, administrative offices and departments to ensure the program requirements are satisfied. BA-MDST will be housed in the University Honors College.

“The new Multidisciplinary Studies major provides a structure for collaborative research and learning that expands the range of academic and professional opportunities available to students. This major simplifies the curriculum process while increasing the University’s ability to respond to new and creative student and community needs,” said Downey. “In many respects this is a truly student-centered program that fulfills the transformation initiative begun several years ago. My hope is this major will provide many students with a clearer pathway to a baccalaureate degree and future professional success.”

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