Interdisciplinary programs are the result of profound changes taking place across the spectrum of academic disciplines. Advances in science and technology, along with realities such as globalization and multiculturalism, make it clear that the boundaries between the traditional disciplines are not as distinct as once thought. It is now widely acknowledged that higher education must prepare students to think critically and creatively across traditional boundaries, to operate effectively in cross-cultural environments, and to navigate the interrelationships of different disciplines.
Toward this end, the Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies includes opportunities to study in more than one academic field within the same degree, and opportunities to develop a philosophical foundation through an “Interdisciplinary Core” designed to explore the relationships between the disciplines chosen. The department also provides opportunities for students to experience and explore diverse cultures through their academic programs.
The goal of the Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies is to enable students to explore the value and depths of a liberal arts education in diverse and creative ways which will prepare them for a lifetime of high quality study and service in the vocation of the their choosing.
The Bachelor of Science and Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies allows students to combine two or more areas of study into one degree. The different areas of study are tied together by a specifically designed Interdisciplinary Core. The Interdisciplinary options also include a specifically designed degree plan for students interested in preparing for medical school, law school or pursuing options in other disciplines in the liberal arts. There is also an option for a self-designed Honors Program for qualifying students.
More than ever, professional employers and many post-baccalaureate academic programs seek graduates that have a diverse background in the liberal arts and the skills to think critically, communicate effectively, and develop broadly. For this reason, the diversity of a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies uniquely prepares a student for a number of different career and vocational pursuits. With the right combination of concentrations, the degree plan is especially designed for students interested in preparing for medical school, law school, or graduate school in philosophy, religion, theatre, or other liberal art fields.
In addition, this degree plan offers students with professional interests an opportunity to develop a broad intellectual resource base as well as the reasoning, speaking, and writing skills sought by many employers.