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Program Overview

The bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies invites students to combine as many fields of inquiry to create a focused program of study that is an expression of their unique interests. Some current combinations include Buddhist doctrine and environmental justice; Early childhood education, queer theory, and feminist practice; Afrofuturism and psychological theories on conditioning; Yoga studies, Art Therapy, and plant medicine; and painting and gender fluidity.

The program asks students to approach their work in a transdisciplinary and integrative way, meaning that they seek to discover what comes from the blending of their multiple fields of inquiry and practice. 

This bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies is much more than a flexible arts degree. Students with an adventurous spirit and craving deep learning and transformative experiences will embark on a journey to discover their life’s work. You will be able to design your own unique course of study.
Naropa’s BA in interdisciplinary studies offers a versatile approach to liberal arts education. Rather than concentrating intensely on a single discipline, students have the freedom to engage with various fields, ensuring a comprehensive yet profound academic experience.
Within Naropa’s nurturing community, undergraduate students will find a supportive atmosphere. Here, committed mentors play an integral role in guiding and motivating students to embark on a fulfilling and enlightening academic path.
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Quick Facts

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Program Format

Naropa University’s undergraduate program is a four-year, fully accredited Bachelor of Arts degree program. The bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies invites students to design a unique program of study that integrates different disciplinary perspectives in the work of personal and social transformation.

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Course Spotlight

Conflict Transformation: Theory and Practice

This course delves into theories and practices of conflict transformation across various settings, examining interpersonal dynamics and broader structural elements. Students explore their own beliefs about conflict, emphasizing cultural and religious influences. The curriculum scrutinizes efforts to address violence and trauma at both local and global levels. Additionally, it highlights intervention complexities and potential transformations. Students engage in producing digital narratives and acquire foundational mediation skills.


A Bachelor of Arts degree (120 credits) consists of a Core Curriculum (24 credits) and at least one major, as well as minors and/or elective courses of the student’s choosing.

The Interdisciplinary Studies Major has a total of 51 credit hours.

Interdisciplinary Studies Major Requirements

  • INTD-301 Gateway to Design Thinking (3)

In this project-based course, students join visionary creative thinking and dreaming with the hands-on conceptual and artistic work of designing individualized interdisciplinary programs that will guide their work at Naropa and beyond. We engage in design thinking, connecting our values, passions and commitments to the lives and work of changemakers working in diverse fields. We examine and experiment with integrative mindsets, models and practices in the context of a vibrant learning community-working alone and together to connect prior learning with future selves, integrating, honoring and building capacity through joining head, heart and hands. Student must be a declared INTD major.

  • Students take a minimum of 33 credits from any offered Naropa courses to support their self-authored plan of study.

  • Up to 18 credits can be transferred in from other schools.

  • Of the 33 Milestone credits, a minimum of 12 upper-division (300 level +) credits are required. INTD-301, COR-340, and COR-440 do not count towards this total.

  • If a student revises their Learning Agreement, all previous credits taken will still count towards the 33 credit Milestone requirement total.

  • COR-340 Capstone I(3)

    In this collaborative learning environment, students explore personal and intellectual connections to what really matters in their lives and work as activists, artists, contemplatives, healers, scholars and social innovators. They read and write extensively, weaving their own experiences, ideas, social locations, and authentic purpose with broader social, historical, political, artistic, scientific, and cultural contexts. They learn and practice research methods relevant to their disciplines and emerging capstone projects, developing skills and frameworks for understanding ethical issues specific to their scholarly, artistic, and civic pursuits. Students leave the course with a capstone project proposal, preliminary literature review, and oral presentation.

  • INTD-401 Integration Studio

    In this one-credit course, students will identify their interdisciplinary areas of inquiry and practice and explore ways of knowing, research, and engagement. Working closely with a faculty mentor and in collaborative practice with classmates, students will identify and synthesize multiple strands of inquiry for their unique plan of study.

  • COR-440 Capstone II (3)

    Building on work produced in Capstone I, students implement an original project that reflects substantial research and work, which may include contemplative, community-based, creative, and social innovation components. This product could be a 25–30 page academic paper or its equivalent in creative or community-engaged projects (with a minimum 12–15 page text). The semester ends in celebration and ceremony, featuring student presentations of their work, which may include creative writing, dance-movement, film, music, theater, and visual arts as well as socially innovative curricula, programs and models.



Why Choose Naropa?

Opportunity to Choose

Students work with faculty mentors to craft a unique program of study in the Gateway Seminar. Undergraduate interdisciplinary studies majors can draw from all offered courses to build their distinctive program of study, for a minimum of 33 credits related to their areas of inquiry.

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Commitment to Diversity

We prioritize diversity and use thoughtful learning to understand and embrace qualities that unite people from different backgrounds, aiming for a fair and unified society. Naropa University blends insights from various wisdom traditions while emphasizing inclusivity. This commitment to diversity enhances and shapes our educational approach across the university.

Contemplative Approach

If you are interested in an approach to learning that values contemplative inquiry and artistic expression as well as scholarship, community, and social action, then Interdisciplinary Studies might be the right major for you!

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How this Program Prepares You

Multidisciplinary Insight

Students will have an in-depth focus on multiple disciplines and fields, which will give them the possibility to consider issues from multiple perspectives. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies will have the analytical skills needed to make insightful questions and analyses. 

Career Readiness

While your studies span multiple disciplines, they are anything but generalized. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies acquire specialized knowledge and skills that pave the way for rewarding careers in community leadership, the arts, social entrepreneurship, and beyond. Step confidently into graduate school or the job market with versatile opportunities.

Holistic Education

Students of this program are adventurous spirits who crave deep learning and transformative experiences. Expand your horizons by cultivating an open mindset, enabling you to examine and address issues from a diverse array of perspectives with Naropa’s BA in Interdisciplinary Studies.

What You'll Learn

Integrated Learning

Fuse diverse viewpoints and disciplines into an innovative final thesis.

Broadened Perspective

Cultivate a progressive, multi-dimensional strategy for addressing 21st-century issues.

Analytical Insight

Pose insightful queries and respond with meticulous research and examination.

Graduate School and Career Readiness

Pursue graduate school or a career of your choosing with a flexible degree.