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Finish Your Degree in One Year

Our Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Program offers an empowering approach to learning: Students from diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and fields of interest, co-create a learning community of academic excellence, multimodal learning, and social justice.

What We Teach

We offer students a core curriculum that focuses on three themes: Self and Society, Integral Learning, and Modern Perspectives (semester one); Culture and Community, Knowledge and Inquiry, and Research and Development (semester two); and Global Studies, Social Change, and Senior Project (semester three).

The themes of each semester are taught from an interrelated perspective; each semester builds on the next, adding to the critical frameworks through which students examine themselves and their relationship to the world.

How We Teach

Our approach to teaching is based on critical pedagogy, which attempts to move away from teacher- and text-centered curricula. We draw upon subject matters from students' own lives, languages, and cultures to enrich the curriculum.

Empowered Learning

While our program attracts adult learners who want to complete their degree quickly, students experience learning beyond what they could have imagined. The curriculum truly speaks to meaningful issues in their lives, allows them to understand themselves and their worlds through rich frameworks, and gives them a new sense of self and community.

As a student in the program, you can:

  • Earn credits toward your master's degree.
  • Easily transfer credits (including military credits).
  • Take flexible weekend and online classes that fit your life.
  • Connect with an academic advisor one-on-one.
  • Receive financial aid scholarships.
  • Select minor in Critical Psychology.
  • Enroll in the accelerated BA and MA/MFA degree track.

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