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Interdisciplinary Studies

Program Director: Jennifer Baker, M.A.
Division of Humanities, Education, & Arts

Program Offered:

  • 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
Primary Concentration
Choose from any major or minor offered by the College. At least 9 credits must be at the 3000-4000 level.
21 credits

Secondary Concentration
Choose from any major or minor offered by the College. At least 6 credits must be at the 3000-4000 level.

15 credits

General Electives
Total electives vary depending on total of other credits
Credits: 44-46

ELA Requirements
See ELA section of this catalog for details
Credits: 36-37

Total credits for a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: 120
Note: All students are required to complete 33 credits of upper-division work (3000-4000 level courses).


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