Interdisciplinary Studies in Three Departments

An interdisciplinary studies major prepares students for careers that require depth of understanding in several fields. The arts, law, medicine, and human services are areas in which an interdisciplinary background may be helpful. Students should check with prospective employers to determine whether the proposed curriculum provides the appropriate preparation. Also, students preparing for graduate school should consult a graduate adviser in the field to determine if the Interdisciplinary Studies in Three Departments major meets their requirements.

Program Overview

The Interdisciplinary Studies in Three Departments major provides students with the opportunity to create their own unique programs by combining courses from three participating departments in a cohesive plan. This is not a collection of various minors, but an in-depth, interdisciplinary study. Students are asked to defend their major plan orally and in writing, and must be able to show that it has been carefully designed.

The following are examples of some representative plans:

  • A human services major combining courses in social work, psychology, and sociology;
  • A topical study of the Renaissance through courses in history, literature and art;
  • A program of study in animal behavior (focusing on primates) created from anthropology, psychology and biology;
  • Training in musical theatre through courses in music, theatre, and dance.
  • Training in screenwriting through courses in English, film, and child development.

Career Opportunities

To further explore career options in this field, visit the Career Services Web site for more information.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the Interdisciplinary Studies in Three Departments program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a General Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.