Interdisciplinary Studies Major (BA)

A Bachelor of Arts degree (120 credits) consists of Core Curriculum (30 credits) and at least one major (36–60 credits), as well as minors and/or elective courses of the student’s choosing.

The 42-credit Interdisciplinary Studies (INTD) major begins with the creation of a Learning Agreement in which students formulate a philosophy and action plan for their program of study. Starting in the Gateway Seminar (Integrative Inquiry: Ways of Knowing), students assemble a vision for course work, travel, service, and other enrichment experiences that will support that vision. Students select courses to their unique self-authored plan of study. In the final year of the program they complete two Capstone seminars, which provide the tools and container for thesis research, creative work, writing, and presentation.

Opportunities for Honors Directed Reading and Research are available for advanced students who wish to deepen knowledge in their focused area of study or practice research in collaboration with mentors. The student’s Learning Agreement evolves and is refined over the course of study and culminates in a written thesis. Guided by mentors from the student's chosen disciplines or concentrations, the thesis may have research, performance, artistic, or service-oriented dimensions. 

Program Vision

The Interdisciplinary Studies BA program invites students to design a unique program of study that integrates different disciplinary perspectives in the work of personal and social transformation. In this contemplative, interdisciplinary approach to the undergraduate journey, students bring together the head (academic, analytic, and conceptual skills); heart (values, passions, and interests); and hands (applications, experiences, service) to find “where their deep gladness meets a need in the world” (Frederick Buechner).