Students completing the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies will be able to:

1. Develop and fulfill a purposeful interdisciplinary academic plan that is rooted in a sense of personal mission. (Purposefulness)

Specifically, students will:

  1. Be able to frame their particular problem/theme using an integrative approach.
  2. Write their own mission statement that reflects their academic goals and the common thread that link the two disciplines being combined.
  3. Use disciplinary and interdisciplinary writing genres to effectively communicate with his/her intended audience.

2. Achieve sufficient grounding in two disciplines that will allow the student to effectively understand differences and similarities in disciplinary perspectives, methodologies and approaches to research. (Disciplinary Grounding)

Specifically, students will:

  1. Use disciplinary knowledge accurately and effectively (e.g. concepts, theories, perspectives, findings, examples).
  2. Use disciplinary methods accurately and effectively (e.g. experimental design, philosophical argumentation, textual analysis)
  3. Identify and articulate both the strengths and weaknesses of individual academic perspectives on the student’s particular problem/theme.

3. Develop and achieve an integrated, interdisciplinary and holistic perspective on the student’s particular problem/theme through coursework and an in-depth capstone research project. (Integration)

Specifically, students will:

  1. Utilize disciplinary perspectives or insights from two (or more) disciplinary traditions that are relevant to the given problem/theme.
  2. Utilize integrative devices or strategies (e.g. models, metaphors, analogies) when negotiating two distinct disciplines.
  3. Balance disciplinary perspectives or insights to advance the purpose of investigation into the problem/theme.
  4. Utilize the integration of disciplinary views to advance understanding and draw conclusions on the given problem/theme.

4. Critically analyze theories and insights from two different disciplines on the student’s given problem/theme. (Critical Awareness)

Specifically, students will:

  1. Discern, describe, and reconcile competing academic perspectives on the course theme in terms of both the similarities and differences between those perspectives.
  2. Articulate (in both written and oral formats) the limitations and benefits of the contributing disciplines or how the disciplines intertwine to address the given problem/theme.
  3. Practice self-reflection in the interdisciplinary process.

The following program objectives draw from:

  • Boix Mansilla, V., Dawes Duraisingh, E., Wolfe, C.R., & Haynes, C. (2009). Targeted Assessment Rubric: An Empirically Grounded Rubric for Interdisciplinary Writing. The Journal of Higher Education 80 (3) 334-353.
  • Dr. Eric Carlson’s objectives for IDST 201 (Interdisciplinary Research Methods) 
  • Outcomes of Marylhurst University’s Interdisciplinary Studies program (2014)