Collaborative for Interdisciplinary/ Integrative Studies

The Collaborative for Interdisciplinary/Integrative Studies provides students with opportunities—through advising, course work and fieldwork—to put into practice the relevance and value of the arts and sciences for their everyday lives. The Collaborative houses the Interdisciplinary Studies major, the Independent Major, and eight interdisciplinary minors (Asian Studies, Global Public Health, History and Philosophy of Science, International Studies, Irish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Sports Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies). In addition, the Collaborative sponsors interdisciplinary initiatives, as well as programs and events that are open to and benefit the entire university community.

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

The Interdisciplinary Studies major exposes students to a number of disciplines and academic areas, and emphasizes critique, analysis, evaluation and the development and iterative application of skills in critical thinking, writing, public speaking, data gathering, evaluation and presentation. This type of academic foundation prepares students for virtually any academic path or career of their choosing.

BA in Interdisciplinary Studies/Concentration in Education Studies

In addition to the University Curriculum and the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum requirements, students majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies/Concentration in Education Studies must meet the following requirements for graduation:

Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses
IDS 200Rise of Disciplinarity3
IDS 400Transdisciplinary Project3
Concentration Requirements
ED 220Introduction to Education Studies3
ED 380Research Methods in Education Studies3
Cross-Disciplinary Study12
One course (3 cr.) each in English, history, math and science
Interdisciplinary Study12
One upper-level course (3 cr.) in each of the following disciplines: English, history, math and science 1
Total Credits36

Learning Objectives

Upon graduation, all Interdisciplinary Studies majors will be able to

  • understand the issues relevant to and methodologies appropriate for conducting research and engaging with core issues in their field of concentration
  • critique and apply appropriate methodology or methodologies in research of a given topic
  • identify, evaluate and interpret sources of information
  • analyze data
  • construct an interpretive argument
  • present facts, analysis and arguments effectively

ED 220. Introduction to Education Studies.3 Credits.

This course, which is designed for students pursuing an Interdisciplinary Studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences with a concentration in Education Studies, explores a multidisciplinary understanding of global and American Education. Students consider the role of education in creating a more equitable society by analyzing the policies and philosophies that have shaped and are shaping schooling in the U.S. and throughout the world. Historical changes in education, critical analyses of policy debates in current education, the effects of legal policies in the classroom, the influences of cultural shifts and contemporary issues are all considered. Students also are introduced to basic concepts and terminology in the educational discipline, and develop a critical lens for evaluating educational resources, texts and data. Students are not allowed to receive credit for more than one of the following courses: ED 220 and ED 260.

Prerequisites: Take ED 140.
Offered: Every year, Spring

ED 380. Research Methods in Education Studies.3 Credits.

This course is required for students pursuing an Interdisciplinary Studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences with a concentration in Education Studies. The course is an upper-level UG education research course, intended to equip students with an understanding of the primary genres of educational research including action research, theoretical/conceptual research, case studies and ethnography. While quantitative inquiry also is addressed in the course, the focus is on qualitative research methods, given their important role and purpose in education. This course serves as an important preparatory course for ED 550, a graduate-level research course required of candidates who choose to pursue an MAT in Elementary or Secondary Education at Quinnipiac.

Prerequisites: Take IDS 200;
Offered: Every year, Fall

IDS 200. Rise of Disciplinarity.3 Credits.

In this course, students draw on what they have learned in and about academic disciplines up to this point in their studies to explore the foundations and philosophies of traditional academic disciplines. Students evaluate the insights and methods of individual disciplines as they relate to a topic or issue of interest. This course prepares students to apply disciplinary insights and methods from multiple fields to form a more complex understanding of a current topic or issue. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing is required.

Offered: Every year, Fall

IDS 400. Transdisciplinary Project.3 Credits.

This seminar is the capstone course of the Interdisciplinary Studies major. Students design an individual integrative project using a transdisciplinary lens. (Students should have completed research methods course work in an established discipline.) The project can be creative, empirical, theoretical and/or professionally focused, and is proposed and developed under the direction of two advisers-one in the concentration area and one in the Collaborative for Interdisciplinary/Integrative Studies. Prerequisite: senior standing, completion of research methods component in concentration.

Offered: Every year, Spring