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BA in Interdisciplinary Studies Online

Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Online

Devise your own course of study from anywhere in the world through Naropa’s Online Interdisciplinary Studies Degree.

Program Overview

Naropa University’s interdisciplinary studies program allows students to bring as many fields of inquiry together 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 that students 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.

Because INTD facilitates a self-authored program of study, our online students will be bringing their distinctive geographies and life circumstances into their learning path. A community of online INTD students will create an intersecting net of distinctions in which geography is not an obstacle to overcome but a rich mixture in which we will learn from each other as we learn about each other. 

Students work with faculty mentors to craft a unique program of study in the Gateway Seminar. Undergraduate online 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.

Naropa’s supportive community fosters a helpful environment for undergraduate students. In this context, dedicated faculty mentors actively guide and inspire students in both Gateway to Design Thinking and Integration Studio courses, facilitating a meaningful, focused, enriching, and self-authored academic journey.

Naropa’s online BA in interdisciplinary studies is a flexible liberal arts degree. Instead of narrowly exploring one field, students will choose and learn from multiple disciplines, pursuing multiple areas of study without compromising the depth of their academic content. 

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Program Format

Naropa University’s undergraduate program is a four-year, fully accredited Bachelor of Arts Degree. Our Online Interdisciplinary Studies program invites students to design a unique program of study that integrates different disciplinary perspectives in the work of personal and social transformation. This is an online program, meaning all classes are completed remotely. 

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Course Spotlight

Feminist and Queer Theory Methods of Inquiry

This course melds feminist and queer scholarship with scientific inquiry, emphasizing their transformative potential. Students delve into contemplative insights and critical race perspectives on feminist epistemology. Through methods like memoir and observation, they explore diverse research techniques. Ultimately, they create work highlighting gender dynamics and challenging prevailing structures.


A Bachelor of Arts degree (120 credits) consists of a Core Curriculum (30 credits) and at least one major, as well as minors and/or elective courses of the student’s choosing.

For the online interdisciplinary studies program, the major is comprised of 43 credits.

Interdisciplinary Studies Major Requirements

INTD-301e Gateway to Design Thinking
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-301e, COR-340e, and COR-440e do not count toward this total.
If a student revises their Learning Agreement, all previous credits taken will still count towards the 33 credit Milestone requirement total. 

COR-340e 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-401e Integration Studio (1)
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-440e 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?

Introspective Education

A Naropa education is unlike any other. Being the birthplace of the modern mindfulness movement, Naropa offers students a more meaningful education through meditation and introspective work. A contemplative approach is present in every program at Naropa, along with traditional academic studies.

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Online Accessibility

Naropa University’s approach to education strives to be accessible and inclusive to all. No matter where you are in the world, you can embark on a journey of academic excellence and self-discovery through the online interdisciplinary studies degree from Naropa.

Varied Career Opportunities

Upon completing their individualized course of study, online 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, entrepreneurs, and more.

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How this Program Prepares You

Varied Career Opportunities

After completing their individualized course of study, online interdisciplinary studies majors are uniquely positioned to discover and create fulfilling careers in their chosen fields. Graduates of this transformative liberal arts degree include healers, educators, creatives, social innovators, and more.

Expanded Learning

The online interdisciplinary studies program blends diverse perspectives and disciplines, culminating in an innovative final thesis. Through this program, students cultivate a forward-thinking and multi-faceted approach to address 21st-century challenges.

Versatile Scholars

Graduates of the Online BA in Interdisciplinary Studies will be prepared to ask the right questions and answer them with refined research and analysis. Moreover, they will be able to open their minds and approach issues from a variety of perspectives.

What You'll Learn

Graduate School and Career Readiness

Enter graduate school or the job market with flexible options.

Expanded Worldview

Develop a forward-thinking, multi-faceted approach to 21st-century issues.

Critical Thinking

Ask good questions, and answer them with fine-tude research and analysis.

Integrated Learning

Blend varying viewpoints and disciplines into an innovative final thesis.

Holistic Education

Learn to open your mind and approach issues from a variety of perspectives.

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Career Opportunities with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies Online Degree

The online Interdisciplinary Studies degree enables students to study, explore, and research between and across disciplines. This major enables students to hold more flexible, spontaneous, and open-minded approaches to their career and educational future.
Interdisciplinary Studies students are well prepared for graduate studies in many fields. Some of our graduates go on to pursue further education to become film producers, writers, editors, community organizers, social activists, educators, and entrepreneurs. 

Hear from a Graduate

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

FAQs About the
Interdisciplinary Studies Online Degree

An online interdisciplinary studies degree provides versatility and opens up a wide array of career paths across different fields. The degree can serve as a foundation for further specialization through advanced studies or professional development in specific areas of interest. Graduates can go on to pursue further education to become community organizers, social activists, educators, entrepreneurs, and many more options.

Naropa University’s online degree in interdisciplinary studies is a Bachelor of Arts. The degree emphasizes a broad liberal arts education.
Multidisciplinary studies and interdisciplinary studies are related concepts, but the difference revolves around their approaches to integrating knowledge from different disciplines. Multidisciplinary studies explore diverse disciplines independently, each contributing to its own perspective on the understanding of a particular topic. On the other hand, interdisciplinary studies integrate knowledge from different disciplines to create a more holistic understanding of a subject.

Learn More About the Program

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Admission Requirements

Academic excellence and the willingness to carry out introspective work are highly valued at Naropa University.

Learn more about admission requirements and the application process for undergraduate students.

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First-Time Students

  • Candidates with a GPA of 3.0 or above and a strong history of academic success are welcomed to Naropa University with minimal eligibility requirements.

  • If your academic performance is below a GPA of 3.0, yet you are eager to experience the benefits of a Naropa education and envision making a positive impact in our growing community, we invite you to submit your application.

Transfer Students
You can apply to Naropa as a transfer student and bring over 60 or more transferable credits from an accredited institution. Present an official academic transcript together with your regular application and we’ll assist you with the entire transfer process.

Read through the entire admissions process for first-time and transfer students at our undergraduate requirements page.

Consider Naropa your second home. We extend a warm invitation to international students from all corners of the globe to join our vibrant community. Embracing inclusivity and diversity, we celebrate a varied student body that enhances the strength of Naropa.
Learn more about applying to Naropa as an international student.

Costs and Financial Aid

Discover information about undergraduate expenses and financial aid options in our tuition and financial section. Naropa is committed to ensuring education is within reach for as many students as possible. Gain insight into potential costs at Naropa by utilizing our Net Price Calculator.

Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships are a great way to help with the costs of going to school. Naropa University offers an array of scholarship opportunities to undergraduate students. Students may be eligible to receive scholarships through their admissions application, by applying for scholarships, or by being nominated for a scholarship. For more detailed information about the different scholarships available and how to receive them, please review our undergraduate scholarship page.
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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

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