BA in Interdisciplinary Studies

The Interdisciplinary Studies major provides a creative and challenging invitation for students to design a unique 60-credit major exceeding the scope of a single perspective. Students begin the program by taking the required Interdisciplinary Studies Gateway Seminar, which surveys the history of disciplines and how they constitute major and minor degree programs. This gateway course then turns to study the various disciplines as they are constituted at Naropa. With this background, students work with an advisor, their peers, the Gateway Seminar instructor, and two faculty mentors to design a unique focus of study within two or three disciplines called a Learning Agreement and learn the practice of interdisciplinarity. This approach ensures that students bring an informed, interdisciplinary, and committed perspective to designing their Learning Agreement. The Advanced INTD Research Seminar (INTD380) fosters interdisciplinary research methods by providing students with skills necessary for work in their chosen areas of study and across the disciplines. Students are required to take two Special Topics courses in Interdisciplinary Studies (INTD490). The final component of the program is the Capstone Seminar (INTD480) taken in the final semester and designed to guide students through their senior thesis and portfolio.

Declaration of Major

In accordance with university policy, students can declare their major at any time. In order to progress through the course work in this major, students should take any course prerequisites at the earliest opportunity. Because of the nature of this program, it is important to meet with program faculty either before you declare or soon after. Please consult with your Academic Advisor to plan your schedule in the program.

BA students may not declare the major in Interdisciplinary Studies after they have completed 90 credit hours.