Personalized, Hands-on Education

Chart your own academic journey, exploring subject areas ranging from the arts to the sciences, and everything in between. The Interdisciplinary Studies bachelor’s degree at UNC is an opportunity to tailor a program to your personal interests and career goals. You can even choose a course of study that focuses on a theme, topic or problem. At the same time, gain valuable hands-on experience through many different internship and research opportunities. Then, apply what you’ve learned in the form of a major research project before graduation. Our faculty advisors will work closely with you to help construct a program that best meets your needs.

Degree Option

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies

UNC's Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies allows you to design your major, working with two faculty advisors who assist in constructing a program of coursework. Graduates will benefit by pursuing a major that develops awareness of the interrelatedness and wholeness of knowledge. This program enables students to integrate knowledge focusing on both contemporary and lasting human issues and problems. Students will develop both theoretical and practical approaches to topics. This major will provide the groundwork for students who aspire to useful careers in such important fields as urban affairs, business relations, environmental protection, human development and international relations.

Your Future in Interdisciplinary Studies

Depending on the major you design, you’ll take classes in arts, languages, humanities and sciences. Regardless of your course of study, you’ll work closely with top faculty who are both accomplished researchers and dedicated teachers, mentors and advisors who are here to help you succeed.

Consider UNC's B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies if you:

  • Want to design your own major based on your goals and interests
  • Have an interest in learning diverse academic disciplines
  • Thrive in a collaborative learning environment with close faculty mentorship

You’ll learn:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Teamwork and leadership skills
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills

Beyond the Classroom

A bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies gives you a solid foundation in diverse academic backgrounds you can apply to many different types of careers. It’s also an opportunity to design a course of study that draws on a broad range of subjects to develop a specific skill set. For example, if you’re interested in pursuing a career in business, a program that combines more intensive studies in psychology, English and philosophy, in addition to business classes, might offer a very effective combination of skills and learning, depending on what you plan to do.

Where can your degree take you?

Past student-designed majors have included:

  • Art Therapy
  • Music Technology and Business
  • European Studies
  • Film and American Culture
  • Naturopathic Medicine
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Cultural Exchange in Music and the Arts
  • Ecological Theory
  • Women’s and Ethnic Studies