Jesus in Film and Gospels (Dr. David Suter /Dr. David Hlavsa) American Cultural Studies: 1950's-60's Fiction (Dr. Julia Chavez/Dr. Robert Hauhart)

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Interdisciplinary Studies Program (Major)

Program overview Interdisciplinary studies (M.)

What is the Interdisciplinary Studies Program?

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.

Why study interdisciplinary studies at Saint Martin's?

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

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate interdisciplinary studies outcomes website.

What can I do with this major?

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
  • Fundraising
  • Contracting
  • Architecture
  • Grant writing
  • Mediation
  • Education
  • Management
  • Administration

For a complete list of professional applications, visit For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What's required?

  • 24 upper-division semester hours in two distinct disciplines, 12 credits in each discipline
  • First-year competency in two world languages or second-year competency in one world language
  • Successful completion ("C" or better) of two junior seminars in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS301)
  • Successful completion of IDS498 (Senior Thesis I) and IDS499 (Senior Thesis II)

In addition to the major requirements listed above, Interdisciplinary Studies majors are expected to work with their advisors as the IDS Board of Study to choose a course of electives that will not only deepen their major but also broaden their university degrees.

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of interdisciplinary studies courses and requirements.

Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

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