Interdisciplinary Studies Major (BA)
The 60-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, grounded in their Authentic Statement of Purpose. 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. Course work is drawn from two or three concentration areas and the required Interdisciplinary Studies courses. Concentration areas include any of the approved BA major or minor programs. The INTD requirements include two Special Topics seminars, which vary each semester and engage students in the practice of interdisciplinary thinking and writing. Other program requirements include the annual INTD BA Program Retreat that provides an opportunity to build community in a contemplative setting; a Leadership and Service course; and two Capstone seminars, which provide the tools and container for thesis research, 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.
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).
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