Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

      Develop a Cross-sectional Knowledge of All Liberal Arts Disciplines

      Are you unsure about your future career plans?  If so, Interdisciplinary Studies may be your ideal major.  This  liberal arts program allows you to explore the full range of academic disciplines instead of being singularly focused in one area.

      Interdisciplinary Studies is a true liberal arts degree in that it celebrates breadth and exposure to a wide variety of study areas.  When you pursue this option you may complete the equivalent of several disciplinary minors. You will also complete and independent study course during your final year of your degree.

      Equipped with knowledge gained while earning this widely focused degree, you will be prepared to pursue advanced education or enter the workforce in business or other fields requiring a liberal arts education.

      Special Program Highlights for a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

      • Explore a broad range of liberal arts courses before committing to any one career direction.
      • Participate in classes that average a highly favorable 13:1 student to professor ratio, which will allow you to get to know your professors well.
      • Get to know students from several academic majors, not just those who are singularly focused in a certain field of study.
      • Enjoy working on-on-one with a faculty member as you complete and independent research project.

      Meet Your Instructors

      • Instructors in Interdisciplinary Studies include every professor who teaches on the Crandall University campus. Your professors teach every class, not teaching assistants.
      • Professors on our campus are all professing Christians.
      • Each professor has a commitment to and a love of classroom teaching. All enjoy working with students and often form mentoring relationships with them.

      Career Outlook for Interdisciplinary Studies Majors

      Students who hold a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies have a wide variety of career options.  Many go on to complete advanced degrees in education, seminary, law school or graduate school.  Crandall graduates with this liberal arts degree have gone into finance, business management, public relations, marketing and politics.

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      Courses and Requirements

      Contemporary Youth Culture – Gain an introduction to contemporary adolescent subcultures in Canada.  The influences of media, family and friends upon adolescents are examined, as are adolescent attitudes toward sexuality, music, television and other elements of popular culture.

      Introduction of Global Missions – Explore global missions and get an introduction to the cross-cultural mission experience.  The course introduces the theology of missions and provides an overview of the history of global missions from 1850 to today. It examines contemporary issues facing the missions movement including the following: the AIDS epidemic, the indigenous church and contextualization of the gospel and how these issues affect the strategies used in modern missions.

      Leadership – Examine classic and contemporary issues in leadership theory and practice.  Topics covered include leadership behaviors and substitutes, the role of the followers in the leadership process and transformational leadership.

      Senior Seminar – Complete an intensive independent study on a research area of interest while working one-on-one with your professor.

      The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies is designed to give students an opportunity to study subjects in several disciplines within a Christian context, thus forming a broader area of concentration than in a traditional, more specialized single major.  For some, the degree will be the preparation for a life in business or other vocations where a degree is necessary or desirable. For others, the program will provide pre-seminary, pre-professional school, or pre-graduate school education.  No more than 10 courses (30 credit hours) may be taken in any one discipline.  Interdisciplinary Studies 4903, Senior Seminar, is a required course for this degree.

      Interdisciplinary Studies 1000 – Introduction to University

      A noncredit required course for all first-time postsecondary students at Crandall University.  It is designed to introduce students to the distinctives of university life including study habits and research skill protocols.  Completion of ID1000 allows students to waive one of their Community Practicum requirements.  (Transfer students with at least 15 credit hours completed need not enroll.)

      Interdisciplinary Studies 1613 – Contemporary Youth Culture

      This course is designed to give students an introduction to contemporary adolescent subcultures in Canada.  The influences of media, family, and friends upon adolescents are examined, as are adolescent attitudes toward sexuality, music, television, and other elements of popular culture.  Social problems related to youth as well as theories of adolescence and the history of adolescence are also explored.

      Interdisciplinary Studies 1623 – Methodologies For Reaching and Teaching Youth

      This course is designed to give students a basic introduction to adolescent spiritual and moral development, educational theory, teaching strategies, and learning styles.  Attention is also given to theories of leadership and interpersonal communication.  Students are assisted in developing their own vision, purpose, philosophy, and strategies for working with youth today.

      Interdisciplinary Studies 2610 – Sophomore Internship I

      This is a noncredit internship experience involving approximately five hours per week of helping with a youth group in a ministry setting.  Students also meet weekly as a group for the purposes of classroom instruction, support, and accountability.  This is open only to second year students in the Youth Leadership Certificate.

      Prerequisites:  Interdisciplinary Studies 1613, 1623.

      Interdisciplinary Studies 2620 – Sophomore Internship II

      This is a continuation of Interdisciplinary Studies 2610 and is open only to students in the Youth Leadership Certificate.

      Prerequisites:  Interdisciplinary Studies 1613, 1623.

      Interdisciplinary Studies 2873* – Introduction of Global Missions

      This course will explore global missions, and will serve as an introduction for students who may be considering cross-cultural mission experiences.  It will introduce the theology of missions and provide an overview of the history of global missions from 1850 to today.  It will examine contemporary issues facing mission movement including the following:  the AID’s epidemic, the indigenous church and contextualization of the gospel, and how these issues affect the strategies used in modern missions.

      Interdisciplinary Studies 3103 – Short Term Youth Mission

      This course explores the history, philosophy, and theology of short term mission as well as how to prepare and lead a youth team on a short term mission experience in North America.

      Prerequisites:  Interdisciplinary Studies 1613, 1623 or permission of Registrar.

      Interdisciplinary Studies 3113 – Sociological and Theological Perspective of Contemporary Youth

      This course will offer an in-depth theological and sociological examination of youth culture and youth ministry, millennial youth trends, the socialization process, and the shifting role of various institutions (family, peer arena, church, media, state, and market economy) in shaping the coming of age process.  In addition, students will explore the ramifications of post-modernity, new technologies, and the 21st century’s growing global youth culture.

      Prerequisites:  Interdisciplinary Studies 1613, 1623 or permission of Registrar.

      Interdisciplinary Studies 3143 – Local Church Youth Ministry

      This course will be an introduction to the practice of youth ministry in the local church with special attention given to ministry within the Atlantic Canadian context.

      Prerequisites:  Interdisciplinary Studies 1613, 1623 or permission of Registrar.

      Interdisciplinary Studies 3153* – Christian Spirituality

      This course will explore the historical and theological dimensions of Christian spirituality from the writings of selected thinkers from the early church until the present.  Students will be encouraged to reflect academically and personally to enhance their own spiritual practice.

      Prerequisites:  Religious Studies 1003, 1033.

      Interdisciplinary Studies 3413 – Youth Ministry and Leadership

      This course focuses on the link and connection between working with youth and developing leadership skills and abilities in students as well as the adolescents students may minister to.

      Prerequisites:  Religious Studies 1003, 1033.

      Interdisciplinary Studies 3610 – Junior Internship I

      This is a noncredit internship experience involving at least eight hours per week of working directly with adolescents under the supervision of an experienced youth worker.  Students also meet weekly as a group with an experienced youth minister for both classroom instruction on the application of theory to practice as well as for mutual support and accountability.   Open only to third year students in the Youth Leadership Certificate.

      Prerequisites:  Interdisciplinary Studies 2610, 2620.

      Interdisciplinary Studies 3620 – Junior Internship II

      This is a continuation of Interdisciplinary Studies 3610 and is open only to students in the Youth Leadership Certificate.

      Prerequisite:  Interdisciplinary Studies 3610.

      Interdisciplinary Studies 3753* –  Leadership

      This course explores classic and contemporary issues in leadership theory and practice.  Topics covered include leadership behaviours and substitutes, the role of the follower in the leadership process, and transformational leadership.

      Prerequisites: Youth Leadership Certificate students with at least third year standing and other third and fourth year students upon permission of the Registrar.

      Interdisciplinary Studies 3873* – International Relief and Development

      This course will explore the biblical basis for relief and development, the relationship between evangelism and relief and development, the underlying causes of poverty in the Third World and the implementation of relief and development in that context.

      Prerequisites: Second year standing or higher is required. Sociology 1013, 1023 are recommended.

      Interdisciplinary Studies 4013 – Worldview Seminar

      This is a seminar course for all first degree seniors from all disciplines.  It is designed to challenge students to consider the process of integrating their knowledge and abilities within the world in which they live.  The course will deal with the question of worldview while examining ways in which different knowledge bases and “cultural realities” influence understanding.

      Interdisciplinary Studies 4610 – Senior Internship I

      This is a noncredit internship experience involving 10 hours per week giving direction to a youth group.  Students meet weekly as a group with an experienced youth minister for both classroom instruction on the application of theory to practice as well as for mutual support and accountability.  Open only to fourth year students in the Youth Leadership Certificate.

      Prerequisite:  Interdisciplinary Studies 3620.

      Interdisciplinary Studies 4620 – Senior Internship II

      This is a continuation of Interdisciplinary Studies 4610 and is open only to students in the Youth Leadership Certificate.

      Prerequisite:  Interdisciplinary Studies 4610.

      Interdisciplinary Studies 4863* – Cross-Cultural Internship

      This internship involves intensive interaction with another cultural/ethnic group, normally overseas.  It requires significant interaction with people from a different culture or subcultures.  It also requires keeping thorough field notes, writing a literature review, writing a major paper, and a satisfactory completion of the requirements of the sponsoring group, as determined through consultation between the professor and the field supervisor.  Students can apply to go with a non-profit mission or relief organization, a government agency, or with a for-profit company, usually in the summer.

      Prerequisites: Sociology 2133 and any two of Sociology 2143, Interdisciplinary Studies/Religious Studies 2873, Communication Studies/Linguistics 2023.

      Interdisciplinary Studies 4903 – Senior Seminar

      This reading and research course is a culminating experience for the senior student.  It is designed to have the student integrate knowledge and skills from at least three disciplines and apply that learning to a major research project.