What Is An Interdisciplinary Studies?

Interdisciplinary Studies involves the combining of two or more academic disciplines into one activity.To know more on this course check out this article.

Updated by Viswathika on 7th February 2020

Students nowadays have a wider vision and plans for a future career. This demands deeper knowledge in more than one discipline. Interdisciplinary studies make way for students with higher and unique goals to achieve it. 

This degree is not like the traditional way of learning, it brings out more technical and practical skills that student needs to have. It provides a directed program of study using courses from multiple disciplines. In this article, we will see more about interdisciplinary courses.


What is 'Interdisciplinary studies'?

Interdisciplinary studies refer to studying two or more academic disciplines under one degree. It is about innovating and creating something new by thinking out of the box using the concepts learned from different disciplines. These courses are available across many colleges that allow students to choose the Disclipines they are interested in. Many people think that this course is taken by students who have no proper plan for the future. But this is not true as this course makes you stronger in respective fields.


Colleges that offer Interdisciplinary Courses

Brown University

This Degree helps to interconnect different course and makes way to learn from different Majors which helps students gain more in-depth knowledge, methods, and theories that intensifies their individual educational and career goals. 

So many universities encourage students to pursue it and help them create new combinations along with the help of Mentors. 

This table shows the list of colleges that offers Interdisciplinary Courses, its location and courses offered.

Institution

Location

Programs offered

University of Southern California 

Los Angeles

Bachelor of Arts in 

Narrative Studies or Health and Humanity.

University of Illinois

Urbana-Champaign

Bachelor's degrees in American Civilization, Medieval Civilization or Renaissance Studies.

 College of William and Mary 

 Williamsburg

Bachelor's degrees in 

Film Studies, Environmental Science and Policy, Neuroscience and 

Public Policy.

Duke University

Durham, NC

Analytical Political Economy, 

Global Health, and Liberal studies.

Columbian College of Arts & Science

Washington D.C

Arts Administration, Clinical Neuroscience, Computational Biology, Creative Product Design, Film Studies, Intercultural Studies: Conflict and Cooperation, Korean Language and Literature, Logic, Reasoning, and Argument

Here is the list of some more schools which offer the course:

  • Boise State University

  • Bowling Green State University

  • Brown University

  • Creighton University

  • George Washington University

  • Lehigh University

  • Lipscomb University

  • New York University

  • Purdue University

  • Portland State University

  • Stephen F Austin State University

  • SUNY at Fredonia

  • University of California - Berkeley

  • University of California - Los Angeles

  • University of Connecticut

  • University of Denver

  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

  • University of Virginia

  • Valparaiso University


List of Subject Area this course offered

Interdisciplinary courses can be pursued in the majority of the fields and subject areas. Mostly all area of the subject has an option for pursuing a specialization in two different fields. The following list consists of some of the subject areas in which students can take more than two different academic disciplines.

  • Arts & Sciences

  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences

  • Brown School

  • School of Engineering

  • School of Business

  • School of Design & Visual Arts

  • School of Law

  • School of Medicine


Why should I take Interdisciplinary studies?

Deepens your knowledge

In this course, you will study two different disciplinary boundaries and will learn the relativity and connection between the two topics. You use the knowledge gained and learning from one discipline and use it in the other. 

This approach widens your capacity for analytical and problem-solving skills. These are the sills which an employer expects out of you. So doing an Interdisciplinary course helps you deepen your theoretical and practicals skills.

You can choose the Discipline

Yes, you can choose the course you want to pursue. Colleges provide students the freedom to opt for the Discipline they want to attempt. This means you can choose two interconnected topics.

This gives scope to further research on the two topics together and bring out better results and also deepens your knowledge in the respective fields. 


What Job You can get with this degree?

Using this Degree you can fetch jobs that require concepts from not just one field but a varied discipline. As you will have knowledge in more than one field makes you stand in edge during the job interview.

For example, Traditional journalism students learn only about journalism but if you do an interdisciplinary course you can take up journalism along with political science or History. So mastery in two fields makes you more employable.

Here is the list of jobs you can try after completing the degree.

  • Be a Journalist

  • Archaeologist

  • Political Scientist

  • Public Relations Specialist

  • College Professor

  • Teacher

  • Accountant

  • Counselors

These jobs can fetch you $40,000-$80,000 as average salary depending upon the work you do.


All course have their pros and cons. There is no degree which gives out 100% positive result or course which gives only negative results. Everything you take up to have both these sides.

 It is in your hands to analyze the cons of the degree and prepare to handle it before the problem arises. A good student is the one who changes his obstacles into opportunities.

Pros of doing Interdisciplinary Studies

  • You can learn two different fields you are interested in.

  • You can learn how they relate to each other.

  • Scope for development and research

  • You can go with your passion.

  • Higher rate of employability

  • Gain more technical and practical skills.


Cons of doing Interdisciplinary Studies

  • It creates a hindrance for future integration.

  • Sometimes it is more meta-theoretical.

  • Professors may not understand your needs and help you need from them.

  • Employers may not know more about Interdisciplinary Studies.

  • Not many Colleges offer this degree.


Interdisciplinary studies make you explore new ideas and information from both practical and academic sources. This makes students look at issues from new and different perspectives, and solve problems creatively with ease. This course gives students an opportunity to take experience outside the classroom with hands-on projects, research, internships, and community service. This will develop confidence and gives a real-time experience.