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Interdisciplinary studies is a different approach to the traditional major; it’s a meaningful solution for students desiring a broader, more encompassing field of study.

Coker’s interdisciplinary studies program helps students mix their passions and talents to create customized fields of study. Majoring in a subject typically involves the intense study of a single discipline—but interdisciplinary studies majors work across disciplines, seeing how things connect and bringing them together.

Interdisciplinarians bring different skills and backgrounds to the table, helping to forge connections and problem-solve. In a modern workplace, where there is more and more integration between fields, interdisciplinarians have a marketable advantage.

Interdisciplinary studies majors will learn specific skills, including making connections, solving complex problems, leadership, strategic thinking, communication, analytical thinking, and collaboration.
 

Read Dr. Julia Klimek's Interdisciplinary Studies Blog!

 

Interdisciplinary studies is an ideal academic opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing a career beyond the confines of a conventional major. Rather than following a more structured, traditional educational pathway, interdisciplinary studies majors work with faculty advisors to develop a customized series of courses—including research, independent study, and in-seat classes—that bests aligns with their goals, talents, and vision for the future. 

This program is also a good fit for students who have accumulated credits in several different disciplines and wish to combine these into a single capstone project (an introduction to their desired career path) to present to future employers and/or graduate schools.

All interdisciplinary studies students begin their majors with an introductory course in interdisciplinary studies, followed by a selection of lower- and upper-level courses in their chosen fields. They will also participate in an internship and complete a capstone project.

 

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For a more detailed explanation of requirements, including course descriptions, download the Academic Catalog.

The career options for interdisciplinary studies majors are as varied as graduates' interests. Depending on your fields of study, you can prepare yourself for any sort of employment that interests you. Here are just a few examples of careers for which an interdisciplinary studies major can be especially beneficial: 

 

Art Curator

Customer Service Representative

Editor

Entrepreneur

Graphic Designer

Historian

Journalist

Lawyer

Psychologist

Sales

Sociologist

Writer

A major in interdisciplinary studies is uniquely positioned to support a student's transition into many graduate programs, depending on individual schools' admissions requirements.

Interdisciplinary studies majors are well prepared to succeed in master's and doctoral fields such as:

Law

Medicine

Business & Management

Engineering & Technology

Sociology

Education

Public Administration

Environmental Studies

Political Science

Communications

...and much more!

Interdisciplinary studies majors work with a variety of faculty, from a number of departments across campus. Just as individual academic plans are customized to help a student develop specific knowledge and skill sets, appropriate faculty and coursework are also determined by the best fit for the major's chosen fields of study. 

For more information about interdisciplinary studies, please contact program coordinator Dr. Julia Klimek

 

Faculty

Julia F. Klimek, Ph.D.
Professor of English; Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program