academic affairs

interdisciplinary studies

capable and self-motivated students wishing to explore major courses of study not offered by the college may petition for an interdisciplinary studies major. the major allows such students the freedom to design and develop a course of study which combines classes taken from several departments or areas. each interdisciplinary studies major must have a coherent thematic principle governing the selection and sequencing of courses in the major and it must be consistent with the goals of a liberal arts education.

students who would like to explore an interdisciplinary studies major are urged to consult with their faculty advisor or dr. david sutherland, associate provost for academic affairs.

recent interdisciplinary studies majors 

sample interdisciplinary studies major proposals 

pre-designed templates for the following areas of interdisciplinary studies are available from the faculty members listed. 

  • american studies  provides an integrative and interdisciplinary approach to the study of united states history and culture. students gain a variety of academic perspectives on american culture, place american culture within some global context, and examine what american studies means. student may also choose to focus on a specific area of interest, such as african american studies or southern studies, within the la5rger area of american studies. contact jane harris, professor of religious studies, or jay barth, professor of politics, for more information. 
  • religion, globalization, and culture  is a field of inquiry and expertise now recognized by scholars in religious studies, anthropology, and sociology. this interdisciplinary studies major template combines classroom learning with outside-the-classroom learning. its aim is to acquaint students with methods and theories pertinent to the three areas of focus; and to prepare student for working with institutions that are working at the intersection of religion and globalization. contact dr. jay mcdaniel, professor of religious studies, for more information. 
  • music business/arts management  is a way for students interested in music-related professions that are not performance-based to develop business and accounting skills useful for careers in music or arts management. contact professor lyle rupert, professor of economics and business, for more information