Jesus in Film and Gospels (Dr. David Suter /Dr. David Hlavsa) American Cultural Studies: 1950's-60's Fiction (Dr. Julia Chavez/Dr. Robert Hauhart)

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Contact Information

David Hlavsa, director
360-438-4345
dhlavsa@stmartin.edu

Interdisciplinary Studies Program (M.)


Program overview Interdisciplinary studies (M.)


This major requires independence of thought and a strong work ethic. It is particularly useful for students who wish to engage in occupations that touch on multiple areas of human interest and/or activity. Students interested in domestic or international careers will profit from the major's emphasis on "ways of knowing." These careers include, but are not limited to:

  • Fundraising
  • Contractors
  • Designers
  • Architecture
  • Grant writing
  • Mediation
  • Education
  • Management
  • Administration

In addition to the major requirements listed below, Interdisciplinary Studies majors are expected to work with their advisors as the IDS Board of Study to choose a course of electives that will not only deepen their major but also broaden their university degrees. The IDS graduate leaves Saint Martin's with an appreciation of a myriad of modes of inquiry and a flexibility of method that will enrich not only the skills they will bring to future employers, but also long lives of inquiry and civic engagement.

Major requirements

Bachelor of Arts
General Education Core
(42-48 semester hours)

Course of Study must follow a plan submitted to and approved by the Interdisciplinary Studies Board of Study. the plan must include the following:

  • Twenty-four (24) upper-division semester hours in two distinct disciplines, twelve credits in each discipline
  • First-year competency in two foreign languages or second-year competency in one foreign language
  • Successful completion (2.0 minimum) of two junior seminars in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS 301)
  • Successful completion of IDS 498 (Senior Thesis I) and IDS 499 (Senior Thesis II)

Thesis samples

The uniqueness of the interdisciplinary studies major is reflected in the theses submitted by the program's students. Below is a sampling of theses produced by graduates of the Interdisciplinary Studies program.

  • Religious Studies/History/Art History: Kandinsky & the Spiritual Roots of Abstract Art
  • History/English: The Vietnam War in the Memoirs of American Soldiers
  • Psychology/Education: Effects of a University Education on Students' Psychological Development
  • Business/Music: What Makes a Hit Song?
  • English/Film Studies: Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring on Film
  • Cultural Anthropology/English: The culture and Literature of Self-Help