Why Interdisciplinary Studies?
Do college differently.
The selective Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) program at Wheaton College offers an innovative approach for a rigorous, inquiry-driven college experience. As IDS majors, students have the freedom to choose 2 or 3 academic disciplines from which to create individualized programs of study. By analyzing, integrating, and applying the methodologies of multiple fields, IDS majors are better equipped to understand and to develop solutions to “wicked problems”—issues so complex that a single discipline cannot adequately address them, such as poverty, human trafficking, political incivility, or the adverse influence of technology on human behavior.
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Pursue nationally-ranked excellence.
Wheaton College’s IDS program is nationally ranked as the #1 program for interdisciplinary studies and boasts one of the highest post-graduation landing rates among Wheaton College’s majors.
Create your own path of study.
In consultation with the program director, IDS majors craft an individualized major featuring coursework from 2 or 3 academic fields. Each program of study is tailored to address the guiding directives determined by the student.
Explore IDS options at Wheaton.
Explore our program further by visiting the menu. Take a look at our unique interdisciplinary approach, our faculty, the application process, IDS student projects, and recent alumni perspectives. Be sure to check out our IDS Summer Symposium, a selective undergraduate learning experience that brings 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 and lends academic distinction, provides students with opportunities to participate in annual conferences, and facilitates interdisciplinary networking beyond the college. Students maintaining an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher will have the opportunity to be inducted in a ceremony before graduation and will receive a medallion to wear on top of their regalia as they walk the stage at graduation.
Consult the course catalog for a full listing of current courses available in this field.
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