How the program works
Students interested in pursuing Interdisciplinary Studies will meet with the IDS program coordinator to determine the fields of study that are relevant to their interests.
The IDS program consists of “modules” that provide a framework of study. If a module already exists that meets a student’s educational goals, the student will follow its guidelines. If no suitable module exists, the IDS program coordinator will work with the student to design an appropriate curriculum, which can later be used as a module for students with similar educational objectives.
Upon graduation, the student’s transcript will list a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, as well as the name of the completed module.
The Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum
The Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum provides students with an enhanced education through a planned, methodological approach carefully designed with the help of the IDS coordinator. Students begin with an introductory IDS course and continue with classes that meet both the university’s general education requirements and the requirements of the IDS module.
The program culminates in a capstone seminar, which consists of readings in interdisciplinary methodology and an experiential learning activity that integrates two or more disciplines. The capstone also provides opportunities for hands-on, practical experience through research projects, original compositions or other field studies. In addition, students will produce a portfolio of work that is reviewed by the Interdisciplinary Studies Advisory Council.