What are Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies?

“This world is of a single piece; yet, we invent nets to trap it for our inspection.Then we mistake our nets for the reality of the piece. Three of these nets we have named Nature, Mathematics, and Art. We conclude they are different because we call them by different names. Thus, they are apt to remain forever separated with nothing bonding them together. It is not the nets that are at fault but rather our misunderstanding of their function as nets. They do catch the fishes but never the sea, and it is the sea that we ultimately desire.” ---Martha Boles, Universal Patterns

 

What does Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Mean?

Many people don't know what the terms "Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies" means.

First, liberal studies has nothing to do with political orientation. Instead, liberal studies is the term we use to refer to the academic disciplines of the humanities (e.g., history, religious studies, philosophy, language), social sciences (e.g., criminal justice, communication studies, sociology, psychology), and physical sciences (e.g., geography, geology, biology).  

Interdisciplinary means that our students take courses from all of the liberal studies discisplines that can inform their area of research.  For example, someone with an interest in sustainability could take courses in geography, history, religious studies, biology, sociology, and philosophy to name just a few areas!

How will this help me get a job?

Someone with this degree shows an entrepreneurial spirit that is going to make you stand out over your peers.  Further, we know that these degrees increase critical thinking, creative problem solving, and communication skills.  Plus, the traditional way of choosing a major and focusing on one discipline simply may be outdated as far as understanding how people actually make money.

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Dr. Anita Blanchard
Director

Department of Psychological Sciences and Organizational Sciences
Anita.Blanchard@uncc.edu
Phone: 704-687-1320 ext 1  

Jolanna Erickson,

Administrative Support Assistant

jerick14@uncc.edu
Phone: 704-687-5534