Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
The purpose of the Interdisciplinary Studies program is to provide a curriculum responsive to the individual’s instructional choices and the institution’s liberal arts capabilities. The B.A. with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies provides individualized study in a select range of upper level liberal arts courses and fosters students’ ability to think critically and constructively in relation to their self-chosen academic goals. While this degree allows students to propose their own programs of upper-level study, it broadens their academic perspectives by emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach as a method of comprehension. Successful applications for the program should identify multi-dimensional fields of study as majors, for example, art history and philosophy, comparative studies, cultural studies, etc., in place of traditional majors. This degree is designed for non-traditional students and is not recommended for traditional career-seeking students unless their research interests lead them into genuinely interdisciplinary fields of study.
- Program Goals
- Promote comparative as well as critical and creative reasoning skills in higher level studies.
- Provide students with programs to master the interdisciplinary expansions of modern disciplinary studies.
- Produce graduates capable of working effectively in environments requiring intellectual resourcefulness and individual initiative.
- Stimulate interest in area studies, problem-centered research and interdisciplinary communication.
- Promote a learning environment where inquiry is not arbitrarily limited by disciplinary boundaries.
- Think independently and develop ideas reflectively from the resources of liberal arts studies;
- Create an intellectually satisfying and effective synthesis between their stated interests and their formal study;
- Be accurate and informed about the subject-matters of their major and minor coursework and capable interpreters of themes and issues associated with these areas of concentration;
- Conduct research in databases related to their major and minor studies;
- Communicate effectively, including writing thematically clear, well supported papers and developing connected thought patterns in discussion;
- Think critically on the basis of their own experiences and be able to convey to others the connection between human interests and knowledge.