The Howard University Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) Department provides the University’s students with opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary study and to graduate in an Interdisciplinary Studies Major Concentration encompassing the contents of multiple traditional disciplines and the integration and interconnection of their knowledge, perspectives, and approaches.
The Programmatic Interdisciplinary Major Concentrations in Interdisciplinary Studies leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and prepares students to engage personally and professionally with unique integrations of multiple traditional disciplines which together create novel and needed new preparation for tomorrow’s life and careers.
As part of Major Concentrations, students will be deeply involved in interdisciplinary learning across multiple disciplines and departments and may have the opportunity to complete an internship at a clinical, policy or research institution in the Washington, D.C. area.
Students graduating from an interdisciplinary Major Concentration will be better prepared for a variety of careers in areas from research, to policy making, academic leadership or careers still in their formative stages of development.
Interdisciplinary Studies are academic programs or processes seeking to synthesize broad perspectives, knowledge, skills, interconnections, and epistemology in an educational setting.
The Interdisciplinary Studies Major at Howard University may be pursued in two distinct ways:
1. B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with an Individualized Interdisciplinary Major (IIM) Concentration
In the IIM pathway, the individual student gathers a committee which helps the student create a more unique proposed interdisciplinary major program and a unique curriculum of coursework and experiences.
Contact the IDS Departmental Office to determine whether the IIM pathway is available at this time.
(Please check with the IDS Department to learn whether these are being offered currently)
The interested student may seek to join in order to study within that Major Concentration’s established interdisciplinary curriculum.Note that faculty members interested in proposing other IDS programmatic major concentrations may contact the IDS Departmental Office for details and for guidance in initiating new proposals.
These IDS Major Concentrations are listed and briefly described below and are detailed on their own home pages found through the links below. Please investigate them closely if you think that you may be interested in one of these forefront career pathways.
Note that these major areas of concentration will be recognized on your student transcript and diploma as they are named below.
Other Major Concentrations are under development (Religious Studies, Neurosciences, Computational Sciences, etc.).