Interdisciplinary Studies (BA/BS) | Nevada State College

Interdisciplinary Studies (BA/BS)

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Degree Outcomes

  • Synthesize a personalized set of outcomes and independently work towards achieving them. Early in the program, the Interdisciplinary Studies student will work with the ISC faculty to develop these outcomes and create a plan for demonstrating them upon program completion;
  • Critically and creatively research, write, and present in a way that makes logical and theoretical connections between multiple areas of study, especially in the studentu2019s selected disciplines. Students will be able to recognize the strengths and limitations of various disciplinary perspectives and integrate these perspectives to present unique solutions to complex problems;
  • Demonstrate a mastery of their personalized outcomes. This outcome is illustrated by the completion of a final capstone project or a comparable series of smaller projects.
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Your degree, your way

At Nevada State College, we value pioneering thinkers, independence, and innovation. To support these values, we created the Interdisciplinary Studies program, which allows you to design your own individualized course of study and focus on your own particular interests.

Instead of choosing a traditional major, Interdisciplinary Studies students select two concentrations that combine to become the equivalent of a single major. This allows hundreds of possible degree combinations, such as:

  • Education and Psychology
  • Health & Wellness and Promotion
  • Environmental Science and Business
  • English and History

Each of these combinations allows students to look at problems from multiple perspectives and develop innovative solutions. To help students explore the ways their two concentrations intersect, the College offers two independent courses, ISC 300 and 495. In these classes, instructors provide individual guidance and personalized attention that leads students through the completion of a capstone project. This project provides concrete evidence of the student's abilities and can be used on the job market or when applying to graduate school.

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According to 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 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.

Furthermore, the Interdisciplinary Studies degree is well suited for students interested in attending graduate school. 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. With a broad foundation, you will be 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, you will 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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