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"The Interdisciplinary Studies program offered at MCLA has been the perfect way for me to design a curriculum focused on my personal interests and my plans to go on to graduate school for architecture after graduation."  Ryan Puckett '13


Interdisciplinary Studies at MCLA

IDST Students 


Interdisciplinary Studies at MCLA offers you the chance to create your own major by combining courses across different disciplines to meet your professional and educational goals.

The Interdisciplinary Studies program provides you with the critical thinking, research, and writing skills that prepare you for life as a successful and responsible citizen in an increasingly interconnected world. 

Why Interdisciplinary Studies at MCLA is Unique

Interdisciplinary Studies majors select MCLA courses in close collaboration with an Interdisciplinary Studies faculty advisor. You take four classes taught by IDST faculty members, and complete your program with classes in different disciplines across campus. The program offers internship opportunities and concludes with a senior seminar. As an Interdisciplinary Studies major, you can choose one of the following options:

Self-Designed Program: Lets you design your own degree. Focus on a given theme, such as a geographic region, a specific question, a historical topic, or an issue/problem in society. Alternatively, combine two or more disciplines into a multidisciplinary major, such as European Studies, Film and Theatre, or Psychology and Business Studies.

Pre-Designed Program: Based on pre-structured study-plans that could include programs such as Cultural Studies, American Studies, Business and Communication, Green Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Business Management, Immigration and Diversity Studies, or International and Global Studies.

Educator Program: Pursue an initial teaching licensure at the early childhood, elementary, or middle school level by combining a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with an Education major and licensure program. For the early childhood and elementary school level, choose two areas of concentration such as English and Psychology, History and English, or Fine and Performing Arts and Math. For the middle school level, choose from concentrations in general science, humanities, or math/science.

IDST StudentRequirements (Pg. 68)

Student Learning Outcomes of Academic Programs 

Cross-Cultural & Social Justice Studies Minor

Women's Studies Minor

Leadership Minor - New!

Major Requirements-Flow Sheet


Careers & Graduate School Opportunities

Dr. Rita Nnodim, Assistant Professor