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Interdisciplinary Studies

Saint Martin's University
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Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Lacey
English
Fall 2022

Program description

Interdisciplinary Studies

The interdisciplinary studies major at Saint Martin’s University exists to further the school’s mission of integrative learning in the Benedictine tradition. Highly motivated students who are interested in more than one area of study are able to combine two or more disciplines into a single degree.

This major is designed for students who want to engage in rigorous intellectual training in understanding how varying methodologies and modes of inquiry raise different questions and serve different purposes. It also requires independence of thought and a strong work ethic.

Program content

Major

  • 40-46 semester hours of CORE requirements
  • 24 upper-division semester hours in two distinct disciplines, 12 credits in each discipline
  • First-year competency in two world languages or second-year competency in one world language
  • Successful completion (2.0 or better) of two junior seminars in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS301)
  • Successful completion of IDS498 (Senior Thesis I) and IDS499 (Senior Thesis II)

In addition to the major requirements listed above, Interdisciplinary Studies majors are expected to work with their advisors as the IDS Board of Study to choose a course of electives that will not only deepen their major but also broaden their university degrees.

For more information about requirements, please visit the university website.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information

Tuition fees

  • Tuition fee on campus is $41,660
  • Tuition fee off campus is $41,660

Qualification

Learning Outcomes

  • Outcome 1: All students enrolled in IDS seminars will complete assignments that necessitate comparison and contrast of disciplinary approaches.
  • Outcome 2: All IDS majors will demonstrate first-year competency in two foreign languages or second-year competency in one foreign language. 
  • Outcome 3: In IDS seminars and in their senior theses, all IDS majors will demonstrate competency in writing, reading, speaking and listening. 
  • Outcome 4: In their senior theses, all IDS majors will demonstrate familiarity with fundamental professional terminology of at least two disciplines.
  • Outcome 5: In their senior theses, all IDS majors will demonstrate ability to gather information via appropriate sources and to evaluate information critically.
  • Outcome 6: In their senior theses, all IDS majors will demonstrate ability to identify discrete methodologies in their shared assumptions and distinct heuristic processes and to use these methodologies productively to define questions and explore responses.

Career opportunities

The Interdisciplinary Studies major is particularly useful for students who wish to engage in occupations that touch on multiple areas of human interest and/or activity. Students interested in a wide variety of professions will profit from the major’s emphasis on “ways of knowing.” These professions include:

  • Domestic or international careers as designers
  • Fundraising
  • Contracting
  • Architecture
  • Grant writing
  • Mediation
  • Education
  • Management
  • Administration

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Saint Martin's University

5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, Washington 98503
United States of America (USA)

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