The Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) major is intended for students pursuing academic, civic, and/or career interests that privilege interdisciplinary and/or transdisciplinary knowledge and practice. The IDS major will expose students to a number of disciplines and academic areas, and will emphasize critique, analysis, evaluation, and the development and iterative application of skills in critical thinking, writing, public speaking, data gathering, evaluation and presentation. This type of academic foundation will prepare students for virtually any academic path or career of their choosing.
The Interdisciplinary Studies major is structured around a concentration, supported by one of the academic departments at Quinnipiac University. A number of concentrations are currently in development. At this time, the Education Studies concentration, designed for students pursuing the Elementary Education track leading to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), is the only concentration available. Students wishing to pursue interdisciplinary studies with a different focus should consider designing an Independent Major.
Faculty dedicated to student success
Quinnipiac’s College of Arts and Sciences professors are committed to the personal and professional success of every student. While passionate scholars and accomplished in their own fields, teaching is their number one priority. Small class sizes, accessible professors with significant industry experience and a close-knit, diverse community create the kind of supporting, enriching environment that is rare. We are personally invested in seeking ways to help our students develop into strong, leading professionals.
Curriculum and Requirements
BA in Interdisciplinary Studies/Concentration in Education Studies
Students majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies/Concentration in Education Studies must meet the following requirements for graduation:
|University Curriculum 1||46|
|College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 2||21-24|
|Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses|
|IDS 200||Rise of Disciplinarity||3|
|IDS 400||Transdisciplinary Project||3|
|ED 220||Introduction to Education Studies||3|
|ED 380||Research Methods in Education Studies||3|
|One course (3 cr.) each in English, history, math and science|
|One upper-level course (3 cr.) in each of the following disciplines: English, history, math and science 3|
All students must complete the 46 credits of the University Curriculum
Students must complete the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum requirements specific to their major. See details below.
Course level 200 and above.
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum
The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students earning either degree must complete one foreign language through the 102-level, and all students are encouraged to pursue a balanced program of study.
In addition, students earning a bachelor of arts degree must fulfill separate requirements for breadth and depth of study.
For the breadth requirement, students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the four CAS disciplinary areas other than the area of the student’s major. These areas are fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not also be used to fulfill a UC requirement.
For the depth requirement, students must complete at least 9 credits within a single subject area other than that of the major. (A “subject area” is identified with a catalog subject code, such as PL, CJ, WS, MA, etc.)
A student enrolled in the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/JD or BS/JD (3+3) program is exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. A student pursuing a double major is likewise exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement.
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