The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is expanding its online portfolio to include a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Programs with a concentration in Applied Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences. The expansion is part of the university’s partnership with Noodle, the nation’s fastest-growing network of online learning.
The degree is designed to serve adult learners with some college credits but no bachelor’s degree, and is an important milestone in partnership that will eventually have 10 online programs.
“As the state’s flagship land-grant university, we are committed to providing Tennesseans in all communities with high-quality educational opportunities,” said Provost John Zomchick. “Our online Applied Studies program offers students a flexible pathway to a UT degree that can open doors to professional success and personal growth.”
Designed to take adult learners from an associate’s degree to a bachelor’s and beyond, the online program will allow students to customize their learning journey and prepare or retool for a fast-changing labor market. It also complements the state’s Drive to 55 initiative to get 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by the year 2025.
“All Tennessee citizens deserve a high-quality education, which in turn is an investment in the future of Tennessee,” said College of Arts and Sciences Dean Theresa Lee. “The Applied Studies program through the College of Arts and Sciences provides individuals with the opportunity to choose a course of study that supports many different career paths. The various options will prepare our graduates to be leaders in a changing workforce.”
Noodle CEO John Katzman said he’s delighted to add the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Programs/Applied Studies to the company’s growing partnership with UT.
“The economic upheaval wrought by the pandemic underscores just how important it is for adults to earn a degree, and Noodle is proud to be part of this important initiative—not only for the university but for all of Tennessee,” he said.
This latest degree offering joins existing online programs in UT’s Haslam College of Business and forthcoming online master’s degrees in computer science and public health. UT continues to bring its renowned educational opportunities to adult learners for whom attending on-campus classes is not feasible.
“The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s leadership has done a great job helping its schools and colleges prepare for an online future,” said Noodle Senior Vice President Scott Levine. “Adding the online Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Programs/Applied Studies is another solid step to creating a more agile university that meets adult learners’ needs.”
Tyra Haag (865-974-5460, firstname.lastname@example.org)