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Interdisciplinary Studies & Arts

Solve Global Problems Through An Interdisciplinary Lens

The Interdisciplinary Studies major is designed for students interested in a variety of disciplines including politics, law, business, education, social work, health care, urban policy, media, and cultural work and prepares students to tackle problems that cannot be solved from a single disciplinary perspective. Working with mentors across the SFC's academic divisions, IDS majors create an individualized major based on their unique interests, passions, and career goals.

Choose 2 interdisciplinary areas of focus:

  • American Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

Select 1 proficiency: 

  • Digital Humanities  
  • Migration Studies  
  • Visual Studies  

Courses options include:

  • Ecology & the Environment 
  • Environmental Writers  
  • Biodesign & Biomimicry   
  • Philosophy & the Natural World  
  • Introduction to the Digital Humanities 
  • Story in the Digital Age  
  • Gender in American Literature & Culture  
  • Women in Film & Video  
  • Gender & Sexuality in Marketing 
  • Economic Issues Today  
  • Sustainable Development: The Business Case  
  • Global Migration  
  • Art of Social Change 

About the Department

Mission

  • The IDS major exposes students to interdisciplinary perspectives on national and global issues, fosters fluency in methodologies from across the College’s four divisions, and develops the writing, communication, research, and technical skills necessary to accomplish the goals of each student’s program.
  • IDS frames a multidisciplinary foundation for analysis, critique, policy formation, and public service that prepares graduates for a variety of careers in politics, law, business, education, social work, health care, urban policy, media, and cultural work. 
  • IDS students engage in intersectional thinking to identify connections between environmental concerns and resources, population dynamics, gender, race, class, and nationality.
  • IDS students apply the methodologies of multiple disciplines to the research and analysis of topics that defy traditional disciplinary boundaries.
  • IDS students engage the city as a platform for identifying, researching, and analyzing complex inter-, intra-, and cross-disciplinary topics of historical and contemporary significance.

Goals

  • Apply the methodologies of multiple disciplines to the research and analysis of topics that defy traditional disciplinary boundaries.
  • Engage in intersectional thinking to identify connections between environmental concerns & resources, population dynamics, gender, race, class, and nationality.
  • Engage the city as a platform for identifying, researching, & analyzing complex inter-, intra-, and cross-disciplinary topics of historical & contemporary significance.

Objectives

  • Students will write and speak authoritatively about scholarly and practical issues, using the analytical and methodological tools from across different disciplines
  • Students will design and execute a year-long research project that culminates in a final paper or another kind of culminating project such as a film, digital mapping project, business plan, or exhibition.
  • Students will gain hands-on experience in an industry or organization that relates to one or more of the student’s concentrations within the major.
Interdisciplinary Studies Faculty
Assistant Professor and Biology Department Chair

Alison Dell

Associate Professor

Athena Devlin

[email protected]sfc.edu
Office: 718.489.5284 
Associate Professor of Sociology

Jaskiran K. Mathur

[email protected]
Office: 718.489.5476 
Professor

John Dilyard

[email protected]
Office: 718.489.5347 
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