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Interdisciplinary Programs

Interdisciplinary Majors
B.A. interdisciplinary majors combine coursework from several traditional disciplines. Although drawn from several disciplines, the courses in any interdisciplinary major will have a common factor that reflects the focus of the program. In the interdisciplinary programs, courses in the various divisions of the college—humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences and math—and courses offered in the other colleges of this university are integrated to provide a comprehensive view of the complexities of the field of specialization. This integration of academic disciplines can provide a more coherent interpretation of certain areas of study than is possible through any one traditional field.

Like the departmental majors, the interdisciplinary majors may be combined with a second major, a minor or a separate degree. With the exception of earth science and the individualized major, the college’s interdisciplinary majors require that students combine social and cultural study. For this reason, the interdisciplinary majors combine particularly well with majors or minors in the humanities, foreign languages and the social sciences.

Such interdisciplinary study provides the same liberalizing qualities as the traditional departmental majors. It also provides a background appropriate to careers in many fields, including government and education.

The interdisciplinary majors with an international focus are particularly adaptable to various forms of study abroad. Kent State University students may participate in a variety of overseas study and foreign exchange programs operated by the university; they may also, with permission, participate in similar programs offered by other colleges and universities.

Because the interdisciplinary majors are not housed within specific departments, students interested in an interdisciplinary major should consult the coordinator of that program. Interdisciplinary majors in the Bachelors programs in the College of Arts and Sciences are:
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  • Applied Conflict Management
  • Biotechnology
  • Classics
  • Earth Science   
  • International Relations
  • Paralegal Studies