Many students today have varied interests, talents, and gifts and are often hard-pressed to narrow their college experience into one major. The Interdisciplinary Studies major is a unique program which provides students freedom, flexibility, and creativity to design their own major by combining two or three academic Concentrations into one cohesive major. The Signature Concentration is a self-designed collection of classes that students and their advisors choose together to create a unique and personalized education. Courses can be chosen from across the College Catalog, or from specific areas outside the Humanities.
Students gain essential skills and knowledge, including self-awareness, technological literacy, global awareness, skillful communication, scientific reasoning, cultural competence, and critical thinking skills.
Academic Concentrations within the Interdisciplinary Studies major include:
Criminal Justice, English, History, Mathematics, Music, New Media, Psychology, Signature, Sociology and Theology
Experiential Learning in Interdisciplinary Studies
Experiential Learning is a key part of The Concordia Experience and a dynamic component of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Given the freedom and flexibility of this program, students who are motivated may use a broad range of experiential learning opportunities to enhance their overall learning. Depending on the areas of study a student identifies, here are some examples of experiential learning:
- Hospital or community clinic
- TV Network studio
- “City as Text” studying such topics as “Broadway and Beyond,” or “The History of Mass Transportation in New York City,” or “Wall Street and Beyond”
- Summer archeological dig
- Habitat for Humanity project
- Volunteering at a local church or school
Possible curriculum combinations that reflect creativity, flexibility, and exploration are:
- English and History
- Music and Psychology
- New Media Communications & Digital Production and English
- Sociology and Psychology
These are just a sample of what is possible. The student decides what he or she chooses to study.