Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Course Overview

Courses you take will depend on your particular interests. For example, a student interested in Legal Studies might combine coursework from multiple disciplines including Economics (Law and Economics), English (Law and Literature), Criminal Justice (Courts and Judicial Process and Criminal Law), Philosophy (Introduction to Philosophy of Law and Advanced Issues in Philosophy of Law), and Political Science (Introduction to Public Law, Topics in Public Law, and Moot Court). A student interested in Environmental Studies might combine coursework from Economics (Environmental Economics), Environmental Science (Contemporary Environmental Issues, Concepts in Environmental Science and Environmental Stewardship Seminar), History (American Environmental History), Philosophy (Environmental Philosophy), Religion (Religion and Science), and Sociology (Sustainability: Environmental, Social & Economic Issues).

  • If your interests cross boundaries, the Interdisciplinary Inquiry major may be for you.
  • This program is designed to give the highly-motivated student, whose academic interests cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, the opportunity to create his or her own unique course of study.
  • While unconventional by design, the program boasts a unified focus while combining coursework from two or more academic departments, led by faculty who serve on the student’s supervisory committee and one as an adviser.
  • A recent column in The Wall Street Journal states interdisciplinary majors “spark students’ enthusiasm for learning and sometimes equip them for complicated, cross-disciplinary jobs or emerging career fields.” We will enthusiastically teach students who enthusiastically learn!

Course Examples by Year

Courses taken each year towards the major are determined by the student, along with a supervisory committee of faculty within the areas of study the student pursues.

No more than 24 hours may be taken from a single academic discipline. At least 24 hours must be taken within AddRan College.

For a B.A. degree, 4th semester proficiency in a foreign language is required.

Where Graduates Go

Graduates entering the job market can use their unique cross-discipline degree for an edge in both grad school applications, and applications in the job market. By combining two or more areas of study into one degree, graduates can hone in on a fulfilling profession that truly piques their passion.