Interdisciplinary Studies

Many students today have varied interests, talents, and gifts and are often hard-pressed to narrow their college experience into one major. The Interdisciplinary Studies major is a unique program which provides students freedom, flexibility, and creativity to design their own major by combining  two or three academic Concentrations into one cohesive major.  The Signature Concentration is a self-designed collection of classes that students and their advisors choose together to create a unique and personalized education. Courses can be chosen from across the College Catalog, or from specific areas outside the Arts and Sciences.

Students gain essential skills and knowledge, including self-awareness, technological literacy, global awareness, skillful communication, scientific reasoning, cultural competence, and critical thinking skills.

Academic Concentrations within the Interdisciplinary Studies major include:

English History                                                               
Mathematics Music
New Media Communications & Digital Production Psychology
Theology Sociology

Experiential Learning in Interdisciplinary Studies

Experiential Learning is a key part of The Concordia Experience and a dynamic component of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Given the freedom and flexibility of this program, students who are motivated may use a broad range of experiential learning opportunities to enhance their overall learning. Depending on the areas of study a student identifies, here are some examples of experiential learning:

  • Hospital or community clinic
  • TV Network studio
  • “City as Text” studying such topics as “Broadway and Beyond,” or “The History of Mass Transportation in New York City,” or “Wall Street and Beyond”
  • Summer archeological dig
  • Habitat for Humanity project
  • Volunteering at a local church or school

Program Courses

Possible curriculum combinations that reflect creativity, flexibility, and exploration are:

  • English and History
  • Theology and Art
  • Music and Psychology
  • Art and English
  • New Media Communications & Digital Production and Art
  • Sociology and Psychology

These are just a sample of what is possible. The student decides what he or she chooses to study.

Interdisciplinary Studies Faculty

Dr. Jason Thoms
Dean of Arts and Sciences, Director of Choral Activities
DMA, Michigan State University; M.M., Michigan State University; B.M., St. Olaf College

Dr. Kate Behr
Chair of English, Professor of English, Director of Fellows Program

D.Phil., Pembroke College, Oxford University; B.A., Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London

Dr. Robin Das
Ph.D. and M.A.., Fordham University, B.A., Iona College

Kit Fitzgerald
Associate Professor of New Media Communications and Digital Production

B.A., Smith College

Dr. Kathryn Galchutt
Professor of History

Ph.D., Marquette University; M.A., Marquette University; B.A., Concordia University, St. Paul

Jim Burkee
Professor of History

Dr. Joshua Hollmann
Assistant Professor of Theology and Campus Chaplain

Ph.D., McGill University; MDiv, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; B.A. Valparaiso University

Dr. Leroy Leach
Assistant Professor of Theology and Student Success Counselor

Ph.D., M.A., Concordia Seminary - Fort Wayne, Indiana; M.A.R., Westminster Seminary - Philadelphia, PA; B.A., Central Bible College - Springfield, MO

Dr. John Loase
Professor of Mathematics

Ed.D., Ed.M., Columbia University; M.A., M.A., B.S., Manhattan College; College of New Rochelle, New York University, Bank Street College  Hamilton College

Dr. Mandana Nakhai
Professor of English and Writing

Vice Provost of Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Tennessee