Are you someone who just graduated from high school and have no idea what you want to study in college? Maybe that’s because there are so many choices and you wish you could customize your education. Maybe you’re already in college and these same situations apply.

If you’re a future or current student finding yourself stuck, ‘undecided’, or wishing, Interdisciplinary Studies might be your nudge in the right direction.

Twenty to fifty percent of students begin their college career undecided or undeclared for multiple reasons: one being that students are looking for career specific education. An Interdisciplinary Studies degree allows students to design their own degree by selecting programs from multiple disciplines. This allows students to customize their education in order to prepare for their career goals.

Here are three specific reasons why you should choose Interdisciplinary Studies:

  1. You’ll become valuable to potential employers:

When looking for internships or jobs, your rsum is going to tell a lot about you before your potential employer decides whether or not they’d like to interview you. An interdisciplinary studies degree allows you to study more than just one area, which means you’ll have more skills to add to your resume. As jobs become more diverse, employers are more likely to hire someone who is versatile and brings more to the table than the average applicant.

  1. It boosts your creativity and critical thinking.

Interdisciplinary studies creates an environment where you have to think outside of the box to make your different concentrations work together. Steve Jobs said that “Creativity is just connecting things,” and IDS is just that: working multiple emphases together to look at things from new perspectives and create new ideas. This becomes valuable in the workplace because your employers will always be searching for ways to improve and solve problems, and they’ll come to you if you prove to be creative. As you practice critical thinking and creativity in interdisciplinary studies you’ll become a quick thinker and creator.

  1. You’ll become more likely to choose to learn new things.

As you study interdisciplinary studies you begin to see the benefits of studying more than one subject which makes it easier for you to say yes to learning new things. Continuously learning new things will help you develop new skills as well as keep up on the skills you already have.

Customizing your degree to fit the career you want will help you develop multiple skill sets, you’ll learn how to think critically and creatively, and you’ll be more open to new and different learning opportunities.

"As a student, deciding a degree to follow was difficult because of the specific field I wanted to study. I started in one major, and switched a few times because I was not satisfied only learning 1/3 of the information I needed for my career choice. Interdisciplinary Studies allowed me to combine my three passions into one. I feel like I have a better direction toward my career, and greater opportunities have opened up for me for the future," said Marsi Frederick.

Interdisciplinary studies has been created with students in mind: as jobs become more competitive students should have the opportunity to make themselves stand out.

To learn more about interdisciplinary studies contact our advising office via email(, phone (208-496-9800), or stop by Chapman Hall 101.