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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 three Interdisciplinary courses with 33 additional credits in fields of inquiry and practice.

Degree Requirements

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 & 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)
  • Classics of International Film
  • Conflict Transformation: Theory & Practice


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Depth: Students demonstrate adequate understanding of their two or three chosen concentrations.
  • Breadth: Students demonstrate interdisciplinary understanding by integrating knowledge and understanding across an adequate breadth of material.
  • Integration: Students bring their strands of concentration together to form an original synthesis, communicated through clear integrative language and methods.

Examples of Fields of Inquiry

Environmental Studies, Peace Studies, and Contemplative Psychology


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


Peace Studies, Religious Studies, and Environmental Studies

Bhanu Kapil

Faculty Highlight

“What is a fold?  What is a hybrid process?  How will the fragments attract?  How do we think about the elements of our practice that don't, necessarily, combine in the ways we expect them to?  How is our own human or lived experience unfolding alongside, with or near the materials we are using?  How are the works we create in this setting of service to our communities, our planetary and radical others?  Are we prepared to change what we are doing, separately or together, if we can't answer this last question? The Interdisciplinary Studies classroom at Naropa feels like a lab or studio to me, a place where students have the freedom to design, imagine and assess projects that connect ideas, approaches and perspectives from more than one discipline. To summarize, it's the deepest form of play.” 

— Bhanu Kapil

Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
Core Faculty

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