Interdisciplinary Studies

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.

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  • Program Goals
  • Competencies
  • 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. 


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Open Doors
What are our graduates doing now?
Graduate Schools
Career paths
  • South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Lowcountry
  • National Children’s Alliance
  • Career 4
  • Career 5
Graduate Schools
Graduate Schools
  • Full Sail University
  • Northwestern State University
Graduate Schools
  • Old Slave Mart, Charleston
  • MMO Programs, Montclair, N.J.
  • South Carolina Democratic Party

Joyce Cheung
“All of my professors took such an interest in my personal development — that, combined with the real world experience I received, really helped me feel prepared to take on any challenge.”
Joyce Cheung
Biology Major, Class of 2017