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Saint Martin’s University Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Saint Martin’s University

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Lacey, USA

4 Years


Full time

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Are you interested in studying multiple approaches to enduring and topical human concerns? The Interdisciplinary Studies major teaches the approaches, lexicons, and methodologies of discrete disciplines. Such comparative and interdisciplinary exploration encourages awareness of where different disciplines share assumptions and where they construct distinct heuristic processes.

Why Saint Martin's University?

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 Highlights

Team-teaching, as a major aspect of this program, allows professors from diverse backgrounds to come together to design unique and often unconventional courses that carry such remarkable titles as:

  • Social Action: Introduction to Troublemaking in a World that Needs Troubling (a course on initiating social change)
  • Jesus on Film and in the Gospels (an examination of the figure of Jesus in the Gospels and in popular film)
  • Chasing the American Dream (an examination of the American myth)

The IDS graduate leaves Saint Martin's with an appreciation of a myriad of modes of inquiry and a flexibility of method that will enrich the skills they will bring to future employers, as well as enhance their own enjoyment of intellectual inquiry and civic engagement throughout their lives.

The uniqueness of the interdisciplinary studies major is reflected in the theses submitted by the program's students. Below is a sampling of theses produced by graduates of the Interdisciplinary Studies program.

  • Religious studies/History/Art/Art History: Kandinsky & the Spiritual Roots of Abstract Art
  • History/English: The Vietnam War in the Memoirs of American Soldiers
  • Psychology/Education: Effects of a University Education on Students' Psychological Development
  • Business/Music: What Makes a Hit Song?
  • English/Film Studies: Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring on Film
  • Cultural Anthropology/English: The culture and Literature of Self-Help


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