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
The Interdisciplinary Studies major is particularly useful for students who wish to engage in occupations that touch on multiple areas of human interest and/or activity. Students interested in a wide variety of professions will profit from the major’s emphasis on “ways of knowing.” These professions include:
- Domestic or international careers as designers
- Grant writing