Mission

The Interdisciplinary Studies major at Saint Martin’s University exists to further the school’s mission of integrative learning in the Benedictine tradition.  By studying multiple approaches to enduring and topical human concerns, our students learn the approaches, lexicons, and methodologies of discrete disciplines; at the same time, such comparative and interdisciplinary exploration encourages awareness of where different disciplines share assumptions and where they construct distinct heuristic processes.

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.