Interdisciplinary Studies are academic programs or processes seeking to synthesize broad perspectives, knowledge, skills, interconnections, and epistemology in an educational setting.
The Howard University Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) 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 Interdisciplinary Studies Major at Howard University may be pursued in two distinct ways. There are existing, organized interdisciplinary major programs, called Programmatic Interdisciplinary Major Concentrations, which the interested student may seek to join in order to study within that Major Concentration’s established interdisciplinary curriculum. Our current degree awarding Interdisciplinary Major Concentrations are listed below with links to each IDS Major Concentration’s pages for additional information (program descriptions, requirements, curriculum and courses, and opportunities and etc.). 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.
The second pathway to earning a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies is the Individualized Interdisciplinary Major Concentration called an IIC. In the IIC 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 IIC pathway is available at this time.