Interdisciplinary Studies Major (BA)

A Bachelor of Arts degree (120 credits) consists of Core Curriculum (30 credits) and at least one major (36–60 credits), as well as minors and/or elective courses of the student’s choosing.

The 60-credit Interdisciplinary Studies (INTD) major begins with the creation of a Learning Agreement in which students formulate a philosophy and action plan for their program of study, grounded in their Authentic Statement of Purpose. Starting in the Gateway Seminar (Integrative Inquiry: Ways of Knowing), students assemble a vision for course work, travel, service, and other enrichment experiences that will support that vision. Course work is drawn from two or three concentration areas and the required Interdisciplinary Studies courses. Concentration areas include any of the approved BA major or minor programs. The INTD requirements include two Special Topics seminars, which vary each semester and engage students in the practice of interdisciplinary thinking and writing. Other program requirements include the annual INTD BA Program Retreat which provides an opportunity to build community in a contemplative setting; a Leadership and Service course; and two Capstone seminars, which provide the tools and container for thesis research, writing, and presentation.

Opportunities for Honors Directed Reading and Research are available for advanced students who wish to deepen knowledge in their focused area of study or practice research in collaboration with mentors. The student’s Learning Agreement evolves and is refined over the course of study and culminates in a written thesis. Guided by mentors from the student's chosen disciplines or concentrations, the thesis may have research, performance, artistic, or service-oriented dimensions. 

Program Vision

The Interdisciplinary Studies BA program invites students to design a unique program of study that integrates different disciplinary perspectives in the work of personal and social transformation. In this contemplative, interdisciplinary approach to the undergraduate journey, students bring together the head (academic, analytic, and conceptual skills); heart (values, passions, and interests); and hands (applications, experiences, service) to find “where their deep gladness meets a need in the world” (Frederick Buechner).

Interdisciplinary Studies Major Requirements

Required Courses

Gateway

  • INTD301 Integrative Inquiry: Ways of Knowing (3)

Milestone

  • INTD325 Interdisciplinary Studies BA Program Retreat (1)

Leadership and Service
Choose 3 credits

  • COL450 Internship (3)
  • COL350 Design Thinking for Personal and Social Change (3)
  • ART495 Community Building and Self-Reflection in the Visual Arts (3)
  • ENV420 Environmental Service Learning: Ecological Restoration (3)
  • COL360 Lion's Roar: Writing for Publication (3)
  • WRI307w Professional Development: Teaching Practicum: Designing a Writing Workshop (3)

Coursework in Concentration Area
Choose 47 credits from within 2 or 3 concentration areas (as well as any additional INTD courses). Choose two or three concentration areas from approved BA major or minor programs with at least 12 credits in each concentration area, in accordance with approved Learning Agreement.

Capstone

  • INTD380 Capstone I: Discovery and Design (3) 
  • INTD480 Capstone II: Integrative Thesis (3)

Total Credits: 60