Student studying permaculture on the Arapahoe Campus at Naropa University.
Student studying permaculture on the Arapahoe Campus at Naropa University.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in

Interdisciplinary Studies

Naropa's bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies is for bold thinkers who view learning as an adventure. In a liberal arts degree like no other, unearth your most important questions and devise your own course of study to find answers.

The interdisciplinary studies major at Naropa takes the bachelor of general studies concept a step further. Select a blend of courses from liberal arts offerings such as Peace Studies, Contemplative Art Therapy, Yoga Studies, and more. Then, synthesize those courses into a focused program of study unique to your personal path.

Jobs for interdisciplinary studies graduates are richly varied. Alumni go on to become teachers, nonprofit leaders, graduate students, and more. Ready to follow in their footsteps? Prepare to think deeply, follow your passion, and apply your discoveries to a real need in the world.

Quick Facts

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Fields of Study

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Senior Capstone Experiences

Students participating in a yoga class at Naropa University.

Courses you Could Take

in Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary degrees prepare students for the complexity of our changing world. At Naropa, you'll begin your Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies by working with faculty mentors to craft a Learning Agreement. Then, you'll map out your unique program of study in the Gateway Seminar. If you want a degree in liberal arts but haven't found a program that matches your interests, this is the major for you.

 

In addition to the Gateway Seminar, undergraduate interdisciplinary studies majors will design a focused course of study including 33 credits related to their area of inquiry. Those courses may include:

The Naropa Difference

The bachelor's in interdisciplinary studies at Naropa is so much more than a flexible liberal arts degree. It is, rather, an appeal to adventurous spirits who crave deep learning and transformative experiences. Ready to discover your life's work? We'll help you design a course of study that leads you there.

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What is Interdisciplinary Studies?

Like many Naropa students, you may have many interests and passions and be seeking ways to articulate, synthesize and manifest your own unique prior learning and work experience, your academic and artistic interests, and your desire to contribute your gifts to the world. Perhaps you're drawn to Naropa's contemplative approach but are having trouble choosing from our rich array of undergraduate majors in liberal arts. Naropa's interdisciplinary studies program makes it possible to shape a course of study that pulls from multiple Naropa programs that most entice your passions.

Though your focus may cut across several disciplines, your studies will be far from generalized. Rather, our graduates gain knowledge and skills resulting in fulfilling careers in community leadership, the arts, social entrepreneurship, and more.

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Mentorship

At Naropa, undergraduate interdisciplinary studies majors thrive with the support of mentors.

Senior Year Synthesis

Jobs for Interdisciplinary Studies

In this transformative liberal arts degree, Naropa students define for themselves a rigorous and wholly unique educational path. Past senior thesis titles have included "Through the Broken Mirror: Eating Disorder Healing as a Path of Spiritual Awakening," "Forgotten Medicine Wheel Psychology," and "Somatic Inquiry Through the Four Sacred Postures."

After completing their individualized course of study, interdisciplinary studies majors are uniquely positioned to discover and create fulfilling careers in their chosen fields. Interdisciplinary studies graduates include healers, educators, creatives, social innovators and entrepreneurs, and more.

Garden shed at Naropa University
Garden shed at Naropa University

Students Transformed

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“An interdisciplinary perspective is essential to my understanding of our species’ intersectionality with plants, animals, and the biological rhythms of our earth. Through interdisciplinary studies, I can explore diverse frameworks of knowledge and weave them together through my life, creating my own unique way of seeing the world.”

Meadow Wittelsberger

BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2015

What to Expect