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B. A. or B. S. with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies
The Interdisciplinary Studies Program offers students an opportunity to create a major that combines courses from two or more disciplines. Students can take charge of their own education by designing a program of study (we call such a course of study a track) focusing on a topic of interest, in consultation with an adviser and with the consent of the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies and the program’s executive committee. In these individualized tracks, students pursue an in-depth study of a topic area of their choice that inherently synthesizes information and research from two or more disciplines. Health Sciences is one example of such a track. Proposals for new and unique tracks are welcomed. The program fosters learning, scholarship, and discovery and allows individuals to take advantage of new and emerging fields and topics of study. The University of North Dakota is fortunate to have faculty with sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge to provide a foundation for interdisciplinary studies.
In addition to individualized tracks described above, three predefined interdisciplinary programs of study exist:
Though Women and Gender Studies and Peace Studies are long-established programs at the University of North Dakota—both are independent units of the College of Arts & Sciences—the major for both programs is administered through Interdisciplinary Studies. Students may choose to earn the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Women and Gender Studies or the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Peace Studies. Contact the respective directors of those programs for further information.