Why Study at JCSU?

The job market has changed drastically since your parents started their first job. Plus, employees today don’t stay with one company for 30 years and retire with a pension and a gold watch. Instead, today’s worker may change careers seven or eight times.

With a degree in interdisciplinary studies, you have the right mix of skills to adapt to change. The ability to communicate well, think critically and conduct research will make you the ideal candidate in the workforce.

We prepare you for success beyond the classroom.

By majoring in interdisciplinary studies, you take control of your education.

The first question you have to ask yourself is “What question do I want to answer?"

Whether it’s how different cultures adapt to natural disasters or how religion impacts parenting styles, what you learn at JCSU depends entirely on what you’re interested in.

Our interdisciplinary studies program teaches you how to think independently and creatively. You’ll enter the workforce being able to examine any problem from a variety of viewpoints.

Research opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.

Because you can customize your education to fit the topics that are important to you, there are no limits to what you can learn.

Our JCSU students have paired a variety of seemingly different courses to find solutions to today’s pressing issues.

  • One student combined community health courses with computer science. He built a bicycle that can be either stationary or mobile to increase good health in the African-American community.
  • Another student held a series of workshops on domestic violence among African-Americans after studying social work, psychology and women’s studies.
  • By combining sport management with communication art, another student explored how African-Americans consume media. He later presented his findings to other students at a Lyceum event.

Their research and community involvement help answer important social and health questions. Not only do these accomplishments give our students a great sense of pride, they also serve as foundations for future careers.

Personalized attention gives you the tools to succeed.

Because your education won’t follow a traditional curriculum, your professors will work closely with you to make sure you’re getting the most out of your studies.

All your JCSU professors are experts in their fields, and they’ll help you understand how different programs relate to each other to solve a pressing social problem.

Get involved in on-campus activities and organizations.

IDS majors have special opportunities to become engaged on and off campus. You’ll have the chance to take on a leadership role in student organizations like the:

  • Black Ink Monks poetry performance group
  • Silent Noise Entertainment audio-visual group
  • Student Government Association

Why choose a liberal arts education?

College graduates with a liberal arts education are vital to our country’s progress.

According to an article from CNN.com, “Why liberal arts matter,” students who graduate from liberal arts universities have a distinct advantage. They will be able to look at any problem and find a creative solution, as well as new opportunities. Rather than a technical degree that focuses on one area, a liberal arts education combines the study of science and math with the arts and humanities.

At JCSU, we emphasize learning new technologies, in addition to different world views and cultures. We teach our students to ask “why?” and to look at any situation from a variety of angles.

Employees who think creatively and communicate well will always be in high demand. As a JCSU student, you’ll improve these skills with every course you take.

The information on this page is maintained by the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy and Religion. For more information or questions please contact them directly at 704.378.1238.