Program Director: Jennifer Baker, M.A.
Division of Humanities, Education, & Arts
B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies
The concept of an Interdisciplinary Studies major is rooted in Liberal Studies, which in turn relies upon the ancient Greek concept of the free individual. According to this ideal, the education of the free human being demanded a harmonious development involving the broadest mental training, the cultivation of the analytical mind, an understanding of civilization and the processes of the physical universe, and a sensibility and appreciation of human nature and ideals. The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies continues this tradition on the premise that focused studies across interconnected disciplines, when coupled with critical analysis and reflection, will prepare a student to confront personal and professional goals beyond college.
To this end, the student will carefully plan and complete a major in Interdisciplinary Studies that integrates one primary and one secondary area of concentration, and will complete a senior-year capstone experience consisting of a thesis, major project, or internship. This senior capstone should demonstrate a depth of study in both areas of concentration. A student in this major should acquire a broad but deep foundation in both areas, which will prepare the student for graduate study or employment in a range of fields centered on the disciplines linked within the Interdisciplinary Studies major. When declaring a major in Interdisciplinary Studies, the student will identify and propose a primary and a secondary advisor from the disciplines of the two concentrations.
Requirements for a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies
Choose from any major or minor offered by the College. At least 9 credits must be at the 3000-4000 level.
Choose from any major or minor offered by the College. At least 6 credits must be at the 3000-4000 level.
| IDS 4005: Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Capstone