2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jun 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Interdisciplinary Studies, B.S.


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Students pursuing an academic major through the Marlboro Institute complete an Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) program of their own design around a coherent idea or set of questions. It is crafted to uphold Marlboro’s distinctive educational promise that students can craft their own education, engage in self-directed inquiry, and bring a big idea to life from conception to execution. Students will combine liberal arts courses with professional and studies courses from across the College in a program of their own design that culminates in a senior capstone project centered on a coherent idea or solution to a problem that sparks their interest and that integrates learning across their chosen disciplines. Building on Emerson’s strong foundation in the liberal arts, the IDS Major provides the support students need to carve their own interdisciplinary paths and to design and name their own unique program of study in close collaboration with faculty across the College. It emphasizes the values of self-directed learning, project-based inquiry, and creative and critical thinking desired by students and employers alike.

IDS students are supported through a four-year curriculum tailored to self-designed and project-based inquiry. Lower-level courses (MI 190 and MI 290) are oriented to intellectual exploration and academic flexibility, while upper-level courses (MI 390 and MI 490) are designed to support students as they execute their self-designed majors, culminating in a yearlong capstone experience in the senior year.

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