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Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

Why Interdisciplinary Studies?

Best Interdisciplinary Studies Program Nationwide
Ranked Integrative Studies Program in the Country
Possible Integrated Disciplines

Do college differently.

The selective Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) program at Wheaton College offers an innovative approach for a rigorous, inquiry-driven college experience. Students can choose two or three academic disciplines from which to select coursework. IDS majors pursue individualized programs of study which emerge from three guiding directives: wicked problems, vital questions, and sticky ideas. Through analyzing, integrating, and applying the methodologies of multiple fields, IDS majors explore complex issues from a customized interdisciplinary approach.

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Pursue nationally-ranked excellence.

Horizontal IDS Badges Wheaton College’s IDS program is nationally ranked as the #1 program for interdisciplinary studies and #2 for integrative studies. Furthermore, the IDS program boasts one of the highest post-graduation landing rates among Wheaton College’s majors.

Create your own path of study.

icon silhouetteIn consultation with the program director, IDS majors craft a featuring coursework from two or three academic fields. Each program of study is tailored to address the student’s guiding directives.

Explore IDS options at Wheaton.

Explore our program by visiting the menu. Take a look at our unique IDS approach, faculty, helpful application process, interesting student projects, and recent alumni perspectives. Check out our IDS Summer Symposium, a selective undergraduate learning experience bringing together talented students from a variety of colleges and universities.

Become a Member of Alpha Iota Sigma

Alpha Iota Sigma is the nationally recognized honors society for interdisciplinary studies majors. Students maintaining an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher will have the opportunity to be inducted in a ceremony before graduation. Additionally, they will receive a medallion to wear on top of their regalia as they walk the stage. 


Consult the course catalog for full listing of current courses available in this field.

Get in Touch

  • Check out the IDS program by visiting us in Jenks Hall (enter the front door from Howard Street, Suite 102; see the Campus Map)
  • If you would like to schedule an appointment with the IDS director, contact the program coordinator at
  • Office hours are available weekly, by appointment through the program coordinator.

Interdisciplinary Studies News and Stories


I learned formative critical thinking and problem-solving skills that have become habits in my daily life after graduation. IDS was my favorite part of Wheaton, and I am incredibly grateful for Dr. Davis’s wisdom and collaboration. — Kate Emerson '16, Financial Analyst, Avison Young