Bushnell University offers an Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) program in which students customize their degree program. The IDS major is ideal if you have wide-ranging interests in several academic areas.

You will work with a faculty advisor who assists in constructing a program of coursework that will meet your academic goals. This program gives you the opportunity to pursue topics of study tailored to meet your individual interests and needs. The degree type (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) will be determined by the majority of the three selected disciplines.

The Interdisciplinary Studies major is offered in an environment where a Christian and liberal arts foundation ensures that your personal course of study is integrated with your faith and ethics.

Learning Objectives

Graduates from the IDS major will:

  • Demonstrate holistic and creative thinking from a Christian worldview.
  • Acquire a basic knowledge and understanding of each academic area that comprises the major.
  • Read and think critically, write and speak clearly and persuasively, and conduct research effectively.
  • Build the foundation to prepare for desired vocations or selected graduate programs.
  • Pursue the goal of transformative leadership in their lives.

Campus Activities

Interdisciplinary Studies majors can choose from a number of clubs, activities, and ministries on campus as best fit their interests.

Bushnell Graduates

“The IDS degree is a perfect fit for me. I love that it gives me the flexibility to focus on three different areas. Consequently, I think that being able to acquire knowledge and skills from multiple fields will be highly beneficial and help to broaden job possibilities after graduation.”

-Bethany Howard ’13

IDS Major: Global Studies, Business, & Communication

Courses in the Major

Requirements for Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Area 1- 11 credits in one academic area (must include 8 upper division credits)
  • Area 2- 11 credits in one academic area (must include 8 upper division credits)
  • Area 3- 11 credits in one academic area (must include 8 upper division credits)
  • Internship
  • Senior Capstone
Program Director
School of Arts and Sciences
Brian Mills, Ed.D.
Director of Assessment
Associate Professor of History & Bible

Ed.D., Oregon State University M.A., Westminster Seminary California B.A., University of Oregon As Director of Assessment, I service the University as the chair …