Interdisciplinary Studies BA
Students in classroom

Bachelor's Degree
in Interdisciplinary Studies

The bachelor’s degree program in Interdisciplinary Studies at Naropa University allows you to build a major that looks like you and you alone.

Flexible and individualized, this courageous major will empower you to create the degree program that aligns with your life’s vision. By engaging deeply and contemplatively with two or three academic areas, you will acquire a body of knowledge and intellectual skills only possible through Interdisciplinary Studies. Not only does this give you the ability to see the interconnectedness of things, it also provides you tools with which to manifest a similarly individual career. 

Students who graduate with bachelor's degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies go on to become teachers, admissions counselors, entrepreneurs, graduate students, artists, filmmakers, and composers, nonprofit administrators, and more.

Your Bachelor's Degree Interdisciplinary Studies Learning Agreement

Create a Learning Agreement—working closely with faculty mentors—that will serve as a roadmap for your education. It will include the disciplines you plan to study, courses, plans for study abroad, your thesis proposal, ideas about internships, and even courses you may want to take at other universities. 

Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor's Degree Program Retreat

Gather at Shambhala Mountain Center at Red Feather Lakes each fall to meditate, connect with your fellow Interdisciplinary Studies majors, and reflect on your work for the coming year.

Your Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone Project

Complete a final thesis and electronic portfolio over two semesters that reflects your interdisciplinary education at Naropa.

Here are a few sample project titles to inspire you: 

  • Through The Broken Mirror: Eating Disorder Healing as a Path of Spiritual Awakening
  • Forgotten Medicine Wheel Psychology
  • Somatic Inquiry Through The Four Sacred Postures
  • The Reclamation of a Feminine Body
  • Sacred Healing In Modern Culture: A Psychedelic Journey
  • The Cancer Never Had Me: The Emergence of Humanity and the Catalyst of (Dis) Ease
  • Storytelling: A Reconnection to the Self and Community

Degree Credits Required


This major combines the study of two-to-three disciplines and select interdisciplinary studies courses. This is part of the overall 120-credit hours you will complete as part of your contemplative education at Naropa.

Elle Rich

Alumni Highlight

“In learning to connect with myself and challenging traditional notions of ‘education,’ Naropa equipped me with the resources to integrate both the professional and contemplative domains. My INTD background cultivated ways of thinking that sought to understand established disciplines, institutions, and assumptions. It taught me to be critical yet engaged. As a current graduate student of urban and regional planning, I recognize that my work doesn't exist ‘out there,’ but begins within me.”

— Elle Rich
University of Colorado—Denver
Master of Urban and Regional Planning Candidate 2017

Alumni Highlight 

Listen to alumna Kendall Perry discuss her INTD experience at Naropa.


Featured Interdisciplinary Studies Courses

  • Feminist and Queer Theory Methods of Inquiry
  • Special Topics Seminars (Sample seminars include Making Friends with Death and Dying, Girl Effect and Girl Power, Maternal Theory, and Traffic Across Cultural Boundaries)
  • Capstone I: Thesis Development and Proposal
  • Capstone II: Thesis Research and Writing

Interdisciplinary Studies Program Examples

Environmental Studies, Peace Studies, and Contemplative Psychology


Writing and Poetics, Religious Studies, and Gender/Women's Studies


Peace Studies, Religious Studies, and Environmental Studies

Gaylon Ferguson, PhD

Faculty Highlight

“Teaching and learning are collaborative activities; everyone in the classroom is working together, speaking, and listening to establish a learning community.” 

— Gaylon Ferguson, PhD
Associate Professor, Contemplative Psychology
Core Faculty

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