What is Interdisciplinary Studies?

Interdisciplinary Studies uses resources from across the curriculum to craft majors that don’t fit within the bounds of traditional college disciplines.

At SNU, students begin by choosing two complementary disciplines based on their personal passions and career goals.

They explore new ideas and information from both practical and academic sources. They look at issues from new perspectives, and solve problems creatively. 该y take their experience outside the classroom with hands-on projects, research, internships和 community service.

You might combine ski business with sustainability. Outdoor leadership with journalism or digital arts. 心理学 with music or visual arts. Or sustainability with environmental science. Explore the possibilities. Find the niche that’s right for you!

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Ashley VanderMeer, major in 生物学 and Interdisciplinary Studies in 户外探险 Leadership and Environmental Science, working on her Rosewood Creek restoration project.
Justine Nelson, Interdisciplinary Studies major in 心理学 and Art, works on a digital art project on her laptop
Interdisciplinary Studies students in a field course
McKenna Bean, Interdisciplinary Studies major in 可持续性, on a high country backpacking trip
Kyly Clark, Interdisciplinary Studies major in 新闻学 and 数字艺术 and yoga devotee, doing a headstand on a paddleboard on Lake Tahoe.
Rhett Gause, Interdisciplinary Studies major in 数字艺术 and 营销, photographing a high altitude climbing trip.

Interdisciplinary Studies Defined

  • 该 Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “interdisciplinary” as “involving two or more academic, scientific, 要么 artistic disciplines.”
  • A popular definition of “interdisciplinary studies” is “a process of answering a question, solving a problem, 要么 addressing a topic that is too broad or complex to be dealt with adequately by a single discipline or profession.”

That process might aim for new insight into a sprawling issue: “urban crime” or “environmental preservation.” It might aim for a specific solution: “build literacy skills for underserved teenagers,” or “document wild places.” Big or small, a complicated issue needs the different perspectives, tools, theories, methods和 information of many disciplines.

Interdisciplinary Studies program is built around that process. It includes diverse subject areas, each with its own approaches to understanding our society and environment. Explore a variety of ways to tailor your education to your interests. Combine your passions – you don’t have to choose between them.

Why Choose Interdisciplinary Studies?

Interdisciplinary Studies at Sierra Nevada University is a program for students who want to be excited, involved, and challenged. It’s active learning at its most active. Learn through projects, internships和 service learning. You’ll be hands-on from your first introductory class through the senior project you design around your own research and interests. Concentrate on “real world” situations and concrete results.

平克顿悉尼 combined her love of art, passion f或者 outdoors和 drive to help others into an internship in equine therapy as a path to her own adventure and art therapy practice.

户外探险 Leadership and 心理学 major 平克顿悉尼 enjoys spending time with her horse
重大的: Interdisciplinary Studies in 户外探险 Leadership and Art, 心理学

I’ve always felt a need to encourage individual empowerment and teach people self-love和 the path I am on now is taking me closer to making that passion a career. I hope to work in established adventure and art therapy programs on the way to starting my own! 。 。 。阅读更多

艾萨克·拉雷多 worked with the Sierra Avalanche Center as a field assistant, researching avalanche prediction models和 on a marketing program to engage 18 to 25-year-olds, the group most at risk from avalanches.

重大的: Interdisciplinary Studies in 户外探险 Leadership and Environmental Science

On my first rock climbing trip, the height and my own inexperience made me very nervous - but the same gut feeling that comes from being out of your comfort zone represents growth! 。 。 。阅读更多

杰米wanzek drew on her photography and graphic design training, her summer magazine internship, her journalism courses – and found new management skills – as the managing editor of the Eagle’s Eye, SNU’s student newspaper.

杰米wanzek, New Media 新闻学 major, explores and captures images
重大的: Interdisciplinary Studies in New Media 新闻学

I was first hooked on journalism during an internship with 该 Durango Herald, my hometown paper, while I was still in high school. 。 。 。阅读更多


Interdisciplinary Studies Majors at Sierra Nevada University

Get your bachelor’s degree outside the confines of traditional majors. Focus your education around 户外探险 Leadership, 可持续性, 数字艺术 and 商业, 新闻和媒体, 心理学 and Art or Music, 要么 International Studies and 人文. Find your perfect niche within all the possibilities. 该 range of options within the Interdisciplinary Studies program lets you draw on all your interests and abilities.

Learn from professors who have been there and done that. 该y will inspire you, support you和 mentor your success. Graduate with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree uniquely prepared to tackle complex challenges, from hyper-local to global. Our alumni have improved the accuracy of avalanche prediction; investigated and published undisclosed safety issues on U.S. Navy aircraft; built a business to improve recycling and environmental sustainability at music festivals; taken the time-lapse image on the cover of Nat Geo’s 2015 Guide to the Night Sky; and co-authored a hiking guide to the Tahoe Basin.


Marina McCoy, SNU Interdisciplinary Studies major in 可持续性 and Ski 商业 and founder of the event sustainability start-up Waste Free Earth, with some of her crew members at the Friendly Gathering Festival
Interdisciplinary Studies in 户外探险 Leadership students in a whitewater rafting class
Interdisciplinary Studies students in 可持续性 visiting the Tahoe Food Network
A Sierra Nevada University Interdisciplinary Studies student in 新闻学 and Digital Art working on a documentary film
Interdisciplinary Studies in 户外探险 Leadership students in a backcountry skiing and riding class
Sierra Nevada University Eagle's Eye reporters at the Associated Collegiate Press National College Media Convention

How To Enroll in Interdisciplinary Studies

Sierra Nevada University is looking f或者 next generation of leaders. 该 Interdisciplinary Studies program is the perfect home for motivated students who want to use their passion to make a difference. Our students’ uniqueness is part of our strength, so SNU gives every application a detailed and robust review. We are also committed to making college affordable for every qualified student. Virtually all of our students receive merit scholarships and/or need-based grants.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible, although we accept applicants on a rolling basis. 学生们 generally receive a decision within two weeks of filing a complete application.

You can apply f或者 Interdisciplinary Studies program using the SNU Undergraduate Application 或者 常见的应用. An interview is not required, but you are encouraged to visit the campus. Here you can discover our school and students firsthand和 meet our faculty in person. Or, meet us at a college fair or high school visit during the fall semester. That’s when our admissions counselors travel to cities across the country. Your guidance counselor can tell you if someone from Sierra Nevada University will be visiting your area.

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Sierra Nevada University's Interdisciplinary Studies program offers majors in
户外探险 Leadership, 可持续性, 数字艺术 & 商业, 新闻学 & Media
心理学 & Art or Music.