Program in
Interdisciplinary Studies

Imaginative, Individualized, and Boundary-Breaking. Just like you.  

Make your college degree all your own at MMC with a major in interdisciplinary studies (IDS). IDS programs are individualized, self-designed, and boundary-crossing—an exact fit for your interests. The most compelling topics require different perspectives. What is the science behind great works of art? What do sociologists and historians teach us about race in the dance world? Design sound with technical know-how and insights from the production of music and poetry; make films about sustainability, drawing upon your knowledge of history and international development; understand animation and comics in historical and theoretical perspective. As an IDS major, you will work closely with faculty to assemble the program that is yours, and yours alone.

“The IDS major can be everything you want it to be, you will get as much out of it as you put into it. The tools are provided; the opportunities are there, especially being in New York City.”
-Alexis Van Dijk, ’14

For more information on the IDS program, contact:

Faces of MMC

  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1687-jessica-rozycki-16"><img src="/live/image/gid/103/width/215/src_region/483,49,1350,916/13603_jessica_rozycki.rev.1467745758.jpg" alt="Jessica Rozycki ’16" title="Jessica Rozycki ’16" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “IDS allowed me to explore interests and passions through independent studies, internships, and coursework that both challenged me and led me to building the curriculum I was proud to graduate with. Through my Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum at MMC, I was able to cultivate knowledge and experience in both my areas of personal and professional interest, including social and digital media, advocacy, and intersectionality among marginalized communities. Exploring the areas of Gender and Sexuality Studies has greatly contributed to my position as a Communications Associate in the LGBTQ+ nonprofit world by exposing me to different perspectives, identities, and societal issues that I come across in my job every day.”</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1687-jessica-rozycki-16">Jessica Rozycki ’16</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2016, Major in <a href="/departments/interdisciplinary-studies/">Interdisciplinary Studies</a>, <a href="/departments/gender-and-sexuality-studies-minor/">Gender and Sexuality Studies</a> Minor</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/986-bianca-rogers-13"><img src="/live/image/gid/103/width/215/src_region/278,0,1376,1099/7081_bianca_rogers.rev.1453902922.jpg" alt="Bianca Rogers ’13" title="Bianca Rogers ’13" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The two main focuses within my IDS major were Costume Design and Film. But in order to get the most out of both of these areas, I took courses that weren’t necessarily these exact topics but deepened my understanding of the larger ones. Courses like Costume History and Costume Construction provided me with vital lessons on how clothing was made. During my study abroad experience in Italy, I took a photography class that helped improve my visual skills that could be carried over into film. The ability to, in a sense, hone my craft by choosing a diverse, yet integral, list of courses makes the IDS program so unique and rewarding.” </p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/986-bianca-rogers-13">Bianca Rogers ’13</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in <a href="">Interdisciplinary Studies</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/987-alexis-van-dijk-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/103/width/215/src_region/0,0,1649,1309/6497_img_0758.rev.1453902757.jpg" alt="Alexis Van Dijk ’14" title="Alexis Van Dijk ’14" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “I also loved the self-designed courses, which is the best aspect of the IDS major since this is one’s opportunity to learn outside of classroom walls and bring back experiences that will advance you in your college career and beyond. I created a couple of courses, one of which explored turtle conservation efforts in Costa Rica, where I traveled to work hands-on with turtle-nest relocation and data gathering. I also explored a course on Native Hawaiian plants and how the use of GMO’s in the Hawaiian Islands is in contradiction with local cultural beliefs. I have to say that <em>experiencing</em> the issues is very different than reading about it in a book – I believe it is of greater impact, and meeting people related to the topics you are studying is also very beneficial and helps you to grow as a person.”</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/987-alexis-van-dijk-14">Alexis Van Dijk ’14</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2014, Major in <a href="/departments/interdisciplinary-studies/index.php">Interdisciplinary Studies</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2573-monica-nyenkan-18"><img src="/live/image/gid/103/width/215/src_region/0,0,1512,2016/17828_Nyenkan_Monica.rev.1528403074.JPG" alt="Monica Nyenkan ’18" title="Monica Nyenkan ’18" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “My IDS study had many different facets; I took administration, visual art, theatre, business, communication, sociology, and culture classes. This major allowed me to explore the intersection where art and business meet. The IDS Major gave me so much flexibility to take the classes and internships I needed to get the job I wanted.”</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/2573-monica-nyenkan-18">Monica Nyenkan ’18</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2018, Major in <a href="/departments/interdisciplinary-studies/">Interdisciplinary Studies</a> with a focus in Arts Administration</p></div>