The Interdisciplinary Studies major allows you to design your own program of study incorporating three disciplines or groups of disciplines. For example, you might want to combine history with women’s studies and literature; philosophy with political science and law; or music with literature and education. Exploring the connections among these areas is central to the major, just as making valid connections is crucial when we deal with issues in “real life.”
About the Interdisciplinary Studies Distance-Learning Degree
Working with your advisor, you’ll identify the disciplines you want to study, then submit a program proposal describing in detail the relationships among three areas of study you choose to pursue. The Interdisciplinary Studies Program Committee will review your proposal, along with your transcript and a plan of study, and recommend revisions or clarifications as needed. Once your proposal is approved, you will continue to work with your advisor as you progress toward your degree to ensure you’re on track to meet milestones and requirements.
Examples of Student-Designed Interdisciplinary Studies Programs
Students have chosen all kinds of creative combinations, such as:
- history, art, and biology;
- psychology, health science, and sociology;
- environmental studies, literature, and anthropology;
- global studies, media studies, and healing arts;
- sociology, English, foreign languages;
- political science, history, and sociology;
- wellness, cultural studies, and music;
- and many others.
Whatever your choice, you’ll not only explore each subject but how each subject connects with, influences, and enriches the others.
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