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Interdisciplinary studies is a hands-on, project-focused, get-out-there-and-make-something program. You might be growing greens, shooting video, or buried in the snow learning avalanche rescue. And that’s just during class!
You’ll intern with a local non-profit or business to try out your ideas in practice. Your service learning project will make a difference you can see in your community. Then, you’ll draw on the whole range of your interdisciplinary studies experiences to design – and carry through – your senior project. That project will focus on building a real solution to a problem that’s important to you.
Our alumni have gone on to get advanced degrees, and to guide and teach in wild places worldwide. They run their own successful businesses. They uncover the truth and report it, wherever they find it. They research new ways to help the environment and improve people’s personal lives. Most of all, they contribute their talents and skills to their communities across the globe.
Meet INTD alumnus Nick Cahill
Class of 2013
Nick Cahill, Media Director for Force 12 Media, first became involved with video and photography making videos of his friends' sweet adventures and taking photographs of the racecar he built. His education in digital arts at SNC gave him the skills and experience to take his work to a professional level.Read More
Meet INTD alumnus Marina McCoy
Class of 2016
"Waste Free Earth isn’t just about music festivals. It’s about using music festivals as a platform to inspire environmental sustainability in our everyday lives and in our communities. Imagine the kind of impact that would have.”Read More
How to Earn Your Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree
The academic core of your Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree will be 55 to 60 required upper-level credits. Those credits are split between your chosen disciplines.
Interdisciplinary Studies Core:
The interdisciplinary studies courses are all centered around projects which you choose based on your interests and career goals. Your projects will be “living labs” for you to integrate ideas and practical skills. In the process, you’ll also work on problem solving, critical thinking, adaptability, and other “soft” skills. These will help you be successful in any career.
Senior Portfolio [INTD 493] guides students as they draw on all that they’ve learned to create their final project. At the end of the year, they present their results at the Humanities Symposium. In the process, students also make a portfolio of all of their undergraduate work. This is both a great resource for job interviews and a record of their personal growth.
We are proud of our faculty’s commitment to both their students and their disciplines. Their enthusiasm and knowledge will support and challenge you throughout your college years and beyond.
Here are a few –
Study community engagement with Katie Zanto, who founded a successful non-profit to empower underserved youth. It has been helping young people succeed for over 15 years by combining literacy and wilderness experiences.
Study journalism with Jim Scripps. After a career detour into marketing, he was inspired to come back to his community journalism roots working with SNU students on the student-run newspaper, the Eagle’s Eye.
Study art and music therapy with Donna Axton, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is also a professional musician who is the pianist on 21 popular country-western, boogie-woogie, gospel, and rock-and-roll albums.
Study digital art with Chris Lanier. He is a prize-winning animator, published graphic novelist and cartoonist, and commercial web and graphic designer. And a self-described “fan of cheap irony”.
Study outdoor leadership with Rosie Hackett, who can bring you back smiling from three bone-chilling days of rain, sleet, and snow. Her students become “growth” junkies, passionate leaders, skilled outdoor guides, and lifelong environmental stewards.
Study sustainability with Brennan Lagasse, a passionate educator and mountain guide. His writing, advocacy, and guiding have brought him to all seven of the world’s continents.