Covenant College, The denominational college of the PCA

Interdisciplinary Studies

For the student wishing to explore more disciplines than would normally be provided by selecting a major and a minor field, the interdisciplinary major gives the option of broader coverage. Interdisciplinary studies employs a holistic approach that consciously applies a methodology from more than one discipline (integration) to examine a person’s work, central theme, issue, problem, topic, or experience. This may give the student a better basis for such careers as advertising, business, law, or the ministry. At the same time, the interdisciplinary major should not be viewed as an escape from choosing a major in a single academic discipline. The student should realize that, though the interdisciplinary major seeks to provide some depth in each of two academic disciplines, it will not give the same in depth grasp of a discipline that choice of a major in a single field would.

 

Acceptance into the Major

Each student seeking a major in interdisciplinary studies must complete the application form, which can be obtained from the chairperson of the Interdisciplinary Studies Department. The application form will include a clear statement of the student’s goals and explanation of how those goals will best be fulfilled by an interdisciplinary major.

The student should understand both what an academic discipline is and what the advantages and disadvantages of pursuing an interdisciplinary major are. An academic discipline is a theoretical study that seeks to analyze a specific aspect of God’s creation or of humankind’s cultural response. It goes beyond merely introductory studies and is separate from those studies that are solely vocational in emphasis and from those that are simply tools to be used for analytical study.

 

Program, Courses, and Requirements

Major

"I get to study several disciplines rather than just one. I love the idea of being a “renaissance” man and I believe IDS (interdisciplinary studies) delivers exactly that. Learning to see the world through several different lenses like sociology, history, and philosophy has given me the opportunity to approach problems comprehensively and integrate Jesus Christ as the centerpiece, in whom I mirror my knowledge after. Furthermore, I love learning under Dr. Dennison aka Dr. D! "
 - IDS major Stephen Seo '18

Wipf and Stock recently published In Defense of the Eschaton: Essays in Reformed Apologetics, an anthology of essays by Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies Dr. William Dennison.

"The IDS major is really cool. Especially for someone like me who can’t exactly nail down what I want to do with my life, but I know that I am interested in several things. It gives me the flexibility to explore those interests and see which ones really stick out to me. If I find one I really love, then I can get a Master’s degree in that area. The IDS major gives students the opportunity to explore their many interests without feeling like they are committing to something they might end up hating when they graduate."
 - Kyle Delk '18

"I love the diversity that I get with my major. Having three concentrations allows me to pull knowledge from broader areas of study to be more versatile. I love how well my concentrations fit together to fit my desire to work in America in the kitchens of non-profits. My major gives me the ability to take my passions and put them together in an integrated way."
 - IDS major Haley Dempsey '17
Caroline discusses the interdisciplinary studies major and reflects on her senior integration paper (SIP).