Barton College Academic Programs

Interdisciplinary Studies


Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


A major in interdisciplinary studies provides you with a unique opportunity to design your own program to prepare for an emerging and innovative career. Combine business and education if you aim to start a daycare; combine health promotions with social work if you want to be a medical social worker; combine art and history if you hope to be a museum curator; combine global studies and criminal justice if you are considering international law; combine science and religion if you want to work in ecological or medical ethics. The possibilities are endless! This major will prepare you to work in both disciplines effectively, while layering on the skills of higher-level critical thinking, undergraduate research, writing, and oral communication skills.

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Course Information

Working with your faculty advisor, you will select courses from two main disciplines, or tracks. You may draw your tracks from any courses within the given related major or professional program, or from related themes, such as Social Studies, Languages, Global Studies, or American Studies. In each track, you will include significant upper-level courses and an independent research project that combines the two. You may also include an internship. The major is 51 credit hours, so you will have plenty of time to work in a minor as well.

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All interdisciplinary studies majors may include an internship. Internships provide excellent real-world experiences in a variety of occupations. Faculty advisors will work with you to develop a resume and to locate an appropriate placement, perhaps one working with faculty on an independent research project. Internships have led to part-time jobs and even full-time post-graduate employment. Our majors intern throughout the Southeast and even internationally.

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Career Opportunities

With a degree in interdisciplinary studies from Barton, you can easily enter graduate or professional school. You are also job-ready in a variety of emerging fields, including hospital management, medical ethics, educational administration, and government.

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