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If you are interested in building a major around a specialized problem, theme or vocation, this interdisciplinary major may be right for you. You will work with an academic adviser to develop a proposal for a course of study that matches your needs.

Possible interdisciplinary majors include graphic design, environmental law and policy, international relations, youth counseling, systems analysis, and human resources management.

Customize your academic journey

For students whose academic goals are best served by a more customized academic path, we offer the opportunity to design an interdisciplinary major in which you can select courses from more than one academic department.

Incorporate interactive ways to learn

As you build out your interdisciplinary major, independent studies and experiential learning can be included as part of your course of study.

Propose a plan that suits your goals

Students work with a faculty mentor and faculty advisory committee to develop a proposal for a course of study that meets the student’s needs.

Examples of such majors include:

  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Childhood Development and Creativity
  • Graphic Design
  • Systems Analysis
  • Human Resources Management

At a Glance

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science




College of Arts and Science

Next Steps

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The Curriculum

With challenging and relevant courses, outstanding faculty, small class sizes, and an emphasis on hands-on learning, the interdisciplinary program will position you to succeed in your chosen career.

Program Details

Find out what it takes to earn a degree in interdisciplinary and explore the courses.

Recommended Minors

Want to add even more value to your degree? Consider one of these minors to gain a unique combination of skills and perspectives.

The Experience

We offer hands-on opportunities that give you the freedom to explore your passion through real-world work and prepare for a fulfilling career.

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I would recommend Interdisciplinary studies to any student who has a niche of what they enjoy studying that does not quite fit into a preexisting field of study. I picked this major because it provides more flexibility and it feels collaborative since I have a group of experts who believe in me, but also feel free to voice when a certain course I have in mind is not the right fit for my goals.

Jessica Colbert '24
Interdisciplinary (Psychology for Writing and Communicating) Major

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