ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Individualized Interdisciplinary Study at Goucher?


This major is intended for those whose intellectual interests converge in an activity that is not directly addressed by any existing program, double major, or combination of major and minor.

Interdisciplinary study carries on the tradition of developing, integrating, and synthesizing the perspectives of various disciplines and includes a number of ongoing curricular projects created by faculty from diverse divisions and programs. Areas such as global politics, world peace, intercultural awareness, environmental concerns, and advances in science and technology exemplify the need for academic programs that cross, integrate, and transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?


Interdisciplinary study is home to a number of ongoing curricular projects created by faculty from diverse divisions and programs. The curricular projects include both the development of completely new disciplines and the meeting of traditional disciplines in new theoretical and practical areas of common intellectual interest.

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?


Students complete 45 credits in courses that focus on the methods and content of three or more disciplines and balance the contributions of each discipline. The major will have a primary faculty sponsor and must be approved by the chair of the program and a committee of faculty from the programs in which the courses for the major are taken. The committee will review the updated proposal in the semester before its completion.

Applicants should have a 3.0 GPA overall. The student must initiate the process for declaring the major before the registration period for second semester of sophomore year.

Faculty

Chair
Mary V. Marchand, Director, Individualized interdisciplinary major; co-director, American studies

Professors
Kelly Brown Douglas, Director, Africana Studies
Gail Husch, Director, American Studies

Associate Professors
German Mora, Director, Environmental Studies

Assistant Professors
Jerome Copulsky, Director, Judaic Studies
Seble Dawit, Director, Peace Studies

Study Abroad

By studying abroad, choosing three-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, Goucher interdisciplinary studies students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. Visit the Office of International Studies for more information.

Opportunities & Internships

Internships


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

Student Employment


Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Development Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Goucher Recruit — an online site for job postings and job fair events.

Major & Career Exploration


Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search


A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CDO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School


Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CDO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.