Careers and Graduate School

Career Options:

According to the 2008 Job Outlook from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the top six skills/qualities that employers look for in ideal candidate are:

  • Communication skills (speaking and writing effectively)
  • Strong work ethic
  • Teamwork
  • Ability to show initiative
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Problem solving

An Interdisciplinary Studies degree is ideal for developing these broad skill sets. As you progress, you will see that even disparate areas of study have similarities. You will begin to synthesize new ideas and make creative connections. To help you understand how to study across disciplines, you will take two Interdisciplinary Studies classes. The first will examine interdisciplinary studies as a concept and the final capstone course will allow you to create a unique project that demonstrates your understanding of your selected disciplines.

Interdisciplinary Studies graduates are interesting, open-minded, and ready for new challenges. They often go on to graduate school or accept positions that require innovative thinking.

Graduate School:

The Interdisciplinary Studies degree is well suited for students interested in attending graduate school. With a broad foundation, students are open to new learning methods and able to adapt quickly to the challenges graduate school has to offer. Furthermore, since the program is writing intensive, students graduate with a solid rhetorical foundation that allows them to write well in multiple situations. The capstone project at the end of ISC 495 highlights this writing ability and gives students physical evidence of their abilities, which may be helpful in the graduate admissions process. Our ISC graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in fields as diverse as game design, history, humanities, law, and library science.

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