B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Focus in Technology, Culture, and Society
The B.A. in interdisciplinary studies (IDS) offers students the opportunity to pursue an individualized curriculum that integrates focused study in a specific field with an interdisciplinary perspective that explores the relationships between technology, culture, and society. Our program is designed for students who are interested in a rigorous and flexible course of study that prepares them with both the breadth and depth of knowledge to apply their chosen area of specialization to the range of opportunities afforded by our rapidly changing technological society.
Our mission is to engage in critical inquiry into the relationships among culture, society, and technology and to understand how these interactions shape the world in which we live. We strive to do so in a manner that is humanistic in orientation, interdisciplinary in breadth, historical and cross-cultural in scope, and integrative in vision.
We adopt this perspective because we believe that a complex and interconnected world is best understood not from a single point of view but through interdisciplinary inquiry that can explore and integrate knowledge from different fields. We also believe that in a dynamic and fast-changing society, flexibility and adaptability are as important for success and innovation as is specialization. The B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies prepares students for a diverse range of educational, professional, and occupational goals, including graduate study, law school, teacher education, and careers in the public and private sectors in which possessing a wide range of knowledge and skills is an asset. By encouraging students to individualize their program of study, we enable them to identify, explore, and develop their own intellectual and professional interests and, by gaining a deeper understanding of the social, cultural, and historical contexts in which they live, to creatively engage and take advantage of the opportunities presented by our modern world.
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Donovan Hall, Rm. 2117