Interdisciplinary studies

Associate Academic Dean T. Meyers

An interdisciplinary major is for students who wish to engage in substantial study in several academic fields. It also gives students the opportunity to design a major that fits their unique interests and needs. An interdisciplinary major provides preparation for careers or professional programs where a broad educational background is appropriate.

Interdisciplinary major

47-52 credit hours

Core requirements

  • Nine credit hours of core requirements in each of three majors or minors 27

Elective courses

  • Six additional credit hours in each of the three selected majors or minors 18

Senior seminar and internship

  • Senior seminar from one of the majors selected above 1-4
  • Internship from the same major as the senior seminar 1-3

Courses are selected from three academic departments in which Goshen offers a major or a minor. If the international studies minor is selected as one of the three areas of study, 15 credit hours of courses must be selected from the "SST alternate" list in the International education section of the catalog. At least one three-credit core course in each department must be completed in residence at Goshen College. Not including the senior seminar and internship, a minimum of at least 18 credit hours in the major must be upper-level courses (300-499).

Students interested in investigating an interdisciplinary major should contact the associate dean to discuss interests and options. The student’s academic adviser will usually be a professor from the department in which the student elects to complete the senior seminar and internship.

Career opportunities

Interdisciplinary graduates are working in nonprofit agencies, education, business, church ministries, community development, journalism, law and many other fields.