BA in Interdisciplinary Studies - Careers

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A MAJOR IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES (IDS)?

IDS is designed to prepare you for virtually any career … and for mid-life career changes. Our courses replace “distribution” requirements, leaving you free to specialize in the field(s) of your choice. Design your own major field of study, or select one or more concentrations from any college of FDU.

What is the track record for IDS graduates from FDU?
Since the Interdisciplinary studies program at FDU is young, we have had only a few graduates thus far. Our first graduated in 3½ years with a specialization in Communications and Global Studies and after an internship landed an job at a business that provides mission, operational and IT enterprise support to the U.S. government. One of our students went on to get a Masters in Social Work and is now in private practice as a therapist. Another specialized in Design and Culture and advanced her career in a company involved with fabric design. Another combined biology and psychology, went to graduate school to study anatomy and is now working as an Intraoperative Neurodiagnostic Technologist at a university medical center. Many of our newer graduates in Sports Administration will go on to careers as coaches, managers, and recreational administrationors.

What is the track record of IDS graduates at other universities with long standing programs?
The most popular career pursued by IDS graduates of Miami University in Ohio, one of the longest standing programs, is law. The IDS program at the University of Georgia (UGA) lists the following jobs secured by UGA graduates:

· Army Recruiter*

· Artist*

· Biologist*

· Chemist*

· Color Specialist*

· Computer Animator*

· Designer*

· Digital Artist*

· Editorial Assistant*

· Graphic Artist*

· Graphic Designer*

· Internet Developer*

· Network Services Specialist*

· Production Artist*

· Scientific Illustrator*

· Technical Illustrator*

· Web Developer*

(*Jobs secured as reported by UGA Career Center post-graduate survey)

To research careers, you may want to visit these web sites:

O*NET http://online.onetcenter.org (Click on Find Occupations)

Occupational Outlook Handbook http://www.bls.gov/oco (Type in general term for career of interest)

IDS provides the education you need for the increasingly globalized labor market of the 21st Century

It is often said that, voluntarily or not, people change careers (not simply jobs) from 4-7 times during their lifetime. We all know that the world is changing … changing fast. Skills that are in demand today may become useless in 20 or 25 years. Midlife career changes can be wrenching if you are unprepared.

IDS prepares you to

· understand how the world is changing

· develop a flexible mind-set – the ability ‘switch mental gears’

· develop the general skills required to excel in a variety of careers

· develop the specialized skills for the career(s) of your choice

How does IDS equip you to navigate the uncertainties of the 21st Century labor market?

· A “built-in” a Global Studies minor provides you with a basic understanding of our rapidly changing world

· A rigorous education in the liberal arts, which develop the general abilities and skills (see below) you need for most professional careers

· Complex themes are approached from multiple perspectives – you will develop the habit of switching ‘mental gears’ and seeing things from a variety of perspectives

· You develop the specialized skill required for your career goal(s) in your field(s) of concentration.

What general abilities and skills will you develop?

1) Traditional Liberal Arts Skills

· Critical thinking

· Analytical thinking

· Writing -- clarity and precision

· Research

· Deeper understanding of their world (ask why, not just memorize)

· Challenge world-taken-for-granted

2) In addition, Interdisciplinary Studies develops the following skills

· See all sides of an issue

· Empathy

· Evaluate experts

· Empowerment

· Seek out ambiguity

· Move beyond tolerance to seek out other perspectives/ideas

· Ethical sensitivity

· Synthesize or integrate

· Enlarged horizons or perspectives

· Creativity, originality, unconventionality

· Listening skills

· Sensitivity to bias

How do you master the specialized skills needed for your particular career goals?
IDS and University Core requirements take up less than half of your total course work – they replace what are normally considered “distribution” requirements – courses that give you a broad-based liberal arts education. The remainder of your coursework (up to 68 credits – more than the equivalent of a major in most fields) will be discipline or profession based, such as those provided by our specializations and/or the courses in your self- or pre-designed concentration(s) selected from those offered by FDU’s University College and/or Silberman College of Business.

Is IDS right for you? What are typical characteristics and interests associated with IDS majors? Curiosity, interested in reading, above average verbal skills, open-minded, interested in complex life questions, self-directed, value logical thought and self-expression, inclined to question the meaning of things, proficient listeners, have a tendency to be creative.