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Frequently Asked Questions About Interdisciplinary Studies

What does "Interdisciplinary Studies" actually mean?

An interdisciplinary approach to education provides students with course work that blends ideas in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and the Arts. You can design your own degree!

Doesn't studying lots of different things make it harder for me to get a job?

Not necessarily! Interdisciplinary Studies makes for an attractive degree in that it helps students see how their course of study is professionally and personally relevant. The cornerstones of the Interdisciplinary Studies degree program are shaping students into clear, effective, and informed written and oral communicators – a highly valued professional commodity.

What kind of people have degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies?

Notable alumni of Interdisciplinary Studies programs include:

  • James R. Helmly, Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve, Commanding General of the United States Army Reserve
  • Judy McGrath, English and Writing major; former MTV CEO
  • Clarence Thomas, double major in Justice and English; Supreme Court Justice
  • Peter Theil, 20th Century Philosophy major; founder of PayPal
  • Michael Eisner, double major in English & Theater; Disney CEO
  • Ted Turner, Classics major; CNN founder
  • Anne Mulcahy, English and journalism major; former Xerox CEO

What can Interdisciplinary Studies offer transfer students or returning students?

USCB's Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST) program aims to offer the most "bang for your buck" regarding the courses you've taken prior to enrollment at USCB. Many students who come to USCB with previous coursework find that their degree program is already on its way once they've consulted with their IDST advisor. While sometimes this translates into a full plate of electives or a solid minor, IDST is designed to work for you – you create your degree, we make it happen together. Have a demanding work schedule or outside obligations? We can work with that too.

What can I do with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies?

A BA in Interdisciplinary Studies serves as good preparation for graduate coursework, but it is also a flexible degree. The "design your own degree" aspect of Interdisciplinary Studies allows you to make a degree to suit your career needs. Some examples include:

  • Studio Arts + Hospitality + Education = Museum Director
  • Psychology + Communication + Foreign Language = Senior Adult Minister
  • Biology + Psychology + Philosophy = Bio Ethics Consultant
  • English + Biology + History = Pre-Med Biological Humanities Candidate
  • Computer Science + Sociology + Philosophy = Forensic Computer Analyst
  • Biology + Communication + History = Conservation Specialist
  • Business + English + Humanities = Creative Writer
  • Psychology + History + Education = Elementary Educator
  • Economics + Political Science + Foreign Language = Foreign Diplomat
  • Anthropology + Art + Sociology = Human Resources Specialist
  • Math + Economics + Foreign Language = International Economist
  • Education + Anthropology + Psychology = Humanitarian Aid Worker
  • Art + Biology + Foreign Language = Scientific Illustrator
  • English + Theater + Communications = Television Broadcaster