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
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. Degree Requirements
“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
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
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.
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
“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
"Performance for Ban, Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY)"