Interdisciplinary studies is an approach to answering questions, solving problems and/or addressing social issues from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Interdisciplinary studies develop the intellectual tools needed to build bridges between academic disciplines. Further, interdisciplinary studies students can apply their varied skills, critical, creative, and innovative thinking along with their multi-faceted knowledge in various academic and practical settings. Engaging in an IS program is an opportunity for students to develop their interdisciplinary breadth while maintaining intellectual cohesion in light of real-world needs. Further an IS major or minor emphasizes authentic growth and application of students’ written and oral communication, critical and creative thinking, scientific and quantitative reasoning, intercultural and global competence, and more—essential skills for navigating and participating as an active change agent in today’s dynamic and interconnected world.
Independent Interdisciplinary Major (IIM)
Simpson College offers a process that enables exceptional students who have passion and drive for a particular problem, interdisciplinary theme, or professional area that cannot be addressed within a standing Simpson College major or minor to design and seek EPCC approval of an independent interdisciplinary major proposal. All such proposals must be fully reviewed and passed by EPCC to be pursued. It is the student’s responsibility to submit all completed applications and seek faculty support in a timely manner, meet with the IIM Coordinator and the IIM Committee (simply an advisory committee), and present their proposal to EPCC for consideration. Guidelines and forms for this process are included under the program page.
Current Interdisciplinary Majors, Minors, Programs and Courses
Currently we have a number of majors, minors, and programs in place across campus as well as particular courses that are quite interdisciplinary in nature. Below you will find listings of many of these and links to the descriptions of the majors, minors, and programs.
- Forensic Science
- International Relations
- Liberal Studies Major for Elementary Education
- Social Justice Studies