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Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies
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Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Work with Northwestern experts to customize a degree that combines different fields of interest and fits your unique goals. The purpose of the interdisciplinary studies major is to provide you with high-quality, academic preparation for future goals that require an extra specialized course of study. This program is flexible and can open up opportunities in any field.

100%

of Northwestern’s interdisciplinary studies graduates felt professionally prepared by their education

96%

of seniors feel prepared to integrate their faith with their academic field

90%

of Northwestern’s interdisciplinary studies graduates are satisfied with their job

Why do interdisciplinary studies at Northwestern?

God has given many students a unique mission that may not fit the mold of pre-existing degrees. Now you can pursue your dreams while still building on a foundation of biblical truth. In this program, you will consult with an advisor to design a comprehensive program that meets your specific academic goals.

Each individualized degree will be approved by an advisory committee. The program is open to self-motivated students who have demonstrated the ability to do academic work successfully by achieving a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or by providing other compelling documentation.

Examples of interdisciplinary majors developed by students at Northwestern:

  • Ancient & Classical Languages
  • Art & Psychology
  • Biblical Counseling
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Biblical Languages & Historical Interpretation
  • Broadcast Computing/New Media
  • Communication, Psychology & Ministry
  • Entrepreneurial Business
  • Intercultural Studies & Criminal Justice
  • Life Sciences & Spanish
  • Linguistics & Ancient Languages
  • Performing Arts Ministry
  • Philosophical & Literary Studies
  • Political Science and American History
  • Social Work & Criminal Justice
  • Sports Business Administration
  • Theatre Design
  • Victim Advocacy & Counseling
  • Visual Narrative & Writing

If you are ambitious, passionate about serving, and willing to follow a rigorous program, this might be the right degree for you.

What will you learn?

You will learn to think critically, develop effective communication skills, and investigate different areas of interest.

Some classes include:

  • Professional Competency Assessment
  • Capstone Project
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The possibility to combine the specific areas I am interested in and to tailor a holistically equipping path of study to my personal goals is invaluable. The flexibility to build in many different subject matters in creative yet conducive ways combined with the support from the various departmental faculty and staff has made the experience worthwhile. Forming a solid skill set through various cross-departmental opportunities is distinct to the IDS course of study and truly sets the program apart.
Deborah Spooner
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, 2018

Careers in interdisciplinary fields

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.

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Professors at Northwestern are focused on their students first. Our faculty include experts in their respective fields who want to help you grow in your faith while you earn your degree.


Meet the entire department

Feng-Ling Margaret Johnson, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Senior Dean,...

Education Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.A. in Linguistics with...

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