Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS) major

The Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences major provides broad exposure to key areas of knowledge within the arts and sciences, while stressing their interconnectedness. This degree is based on core courses in history, environmental science, literature/arts, social science and an introduction to Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and allows students to maximize the potential of interdisciplinary studies while gaining the skills they need to be successful in a rapidly changing society and world.

Career options

Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences students pursue careers in a number of areas, including but not limited to education, business, government and the non-profit sector. Many students planning to earn a post-baccalaureate certificate in elementary education choose this major because it allows them to gain a broad base of knowledge useful for their future classroom curricula. Students may also pursue graduate studies in a range of disciplines.

Student learning outcomes

As a graduate in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences major, you will possess a broad-based and liberal arts education. You will be expected to:

  • understand the interdisciplinary nature of local, regional, national and global issues.
  • develop skills in written, oral and visual communication and interpretation vital to success in any field of knowledge or profession.
  • improve critical thinking skills that lead to the development of informed and involved citizenry.
  • improve the understanding of the methodologies used by the humanities, social sciences and the natural sciences, and of the ways these methodologies complement each other in the examination of complex ideas.