BA in Interdisciplinary Studies

Not every student finds a single discipline that’s a perfect fit. By choosing interdisciplinary studies, you will explore different combinations of subjects in the arts and sciences that will help you to develop new knowledge and insights. You’ll develop a versatile set of professional skills that are essential in diverse fields such as teaching, public relations, law and environmental science.

The interdisciplinary studies (IDS) major is intended for students pursuing academic, civic and/or career interests that privilege interdisciplinary and/or transdisciplinary knowledge and practice. The IDS major exposes students to a number of disciplines and academic areas, and emphasizes critique, analysis, evaluation and the development and iterative application of skills in critical thinking, writing, public speaking, data gathering, evaluation and presentation. This type of academic foundation prepares students for virtually any academic path or career of their choosing.

The interdisciplinary studies major is structured around a concentration, supported by one of the academic departments at Quinnipiac University. A number of concentrations are currently in development. At this time, the education studies concentration, designed for students pursuing the elementary education track leading to the master of arts in teaching (MAT), is the only concentration available. Students wishing to pursue interdisciplinary studies with a different focus should consider designing an independent major.

Interdisciplinary Studies Major Curriculum

Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses (6 cr.)

  • IDS 200 Rise of Disciplinarity
  • IDS 400 Transdisciplinary Project

Education Studies Concentration Requirements (30 cr.)

  • ED 220 Introduction to Education Studies
  • ED 380 Research Methods in Education Studies

Cross-Disciplinary Study

  • One course each in math, English, science and history

Interdisciplinary Study

  • One upper-level course each in math, English, science and history

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