About the Department

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Interdisciplinary studies supports a diverse set of programs, courses, services, and events at Salem State University. We are responsible for the two-semester first year seminar course (required of all incoming, full-time students who are first-time college students) and advising these students.

We offer a bachelor's of liberal studies degree (BLS), which features four concentrations. We also offer eleven interdisciplinary minors. In addition, we are home to the honors program courses and a number of stand-alone interdisciplinary courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Mission

The mission of the interdisciplinary studies department is to effect significant learning and student success both in college and beyond through:

  • Developing, coordinating and implementing interdisciplinary curricula and programs
  • Researching and employing the best pedagogical methods to meet the needs of unique student populations both inside and outside the classroom
  • Doing scholarly, cross-disciplinary research
  • As the center of collaborative, cross-disciplinary efforts for all students, faculty, administration, and staff, the department serves the entire Salem State University community.