The program in Interdisciplinary Studies is what you make of it. Check out what several of our IDS majors have accomplished by combining their interests.
“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 experiencing 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.”
“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.”
“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.”