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Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary studies allows you to pursue coursework across a variety of academic disciplines. This program is perfect for self-starters who are looking to create a college experience that is entirely their own.                       

What You'll Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

In this program, you build your major to fit your individual needs or desires, instead of meeting the more structured requirements of other majors. Interdisciplinary studies can easily combine courses in the liberal arts with courses from professional programs. For example, you could combine political science with criminal justice, or social work with theater.

To receive an Interdisciplinary Studies degree, you must complete:

  • 42 credits of general education courses
  • 18 credits from one academic discipline (6 of these need to be 300-400 level)
  • 12 credits from a second academic discipline
  • A final portfolio project
  • 38 credits of free electives
  • 120 total credits
  • In line with PASSHE requirements, 42 of your 120 credits need to be upper division (typically 300-400 level) coursework.


Student Learning Outcomes

Black Studies Minor

Students that are participating in the Black Studies Minor

The Black Studies Minor is an 18-credit minor that uses an interdisciplinary approach to analyze historical and current issues of people of African descent in the United States. The minor affords students the opportunity to explore multiple academic disciplines through the lens of the Black experience and consider personal views about race and racism, using anti-Black racism as a framework for understanding. Students will consider ways to promote racial equity and become leaders and social activists within their respective communities. The Black Studies Minor is designed to attract students from all fields of study and complement all majors.

Courses and Curriculum:

3 required courses (9 credits):
ISTD 120—Antiracism, Equity, and Social Responsibility
ISTD 220—An Introduction to Exploring Black Studies
ISTD 320—Special Topics in Black Studies

Electives (3 courses, 9 credits):

SOWK 200 Diversity and Social Justice
SOC 202 Racial and Ethnic Relations
PSY 331 Psychology of Race
ENG 281 Civil Rights Novel 
ENG 282 African American Literature 
POL Race and Politics in the US 
HIS African American History
HIS History of Africa 
HIS Pre-colonial Africa
PHIL Philosophy of Africa
ANT Race and Human Variation
COM Communicating Identity and Difference
(TBD) Art of Africa and Oceana

If you have additional questions about the Black Studies Minor, please contact Kerrie DeVries, Ph.D., Assistant professor of Psychology, at or 570-389-4957.



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Program Highlights

  • Flexibility: Scheduling life is demanding. If you're a student who needs to get a degree within the traditional four years, but can't achieve this because of limited course offerings, interdisciplinary studies gives you the freedom and flexibility to select from a wider assortment of options that may uniquely appeal to you, or which provide the flexibility of scheduling courses that, especially for students with family or work obligations, need to accommodate a limited window of availability.
  • Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. Find more information here.
  • Study Abroad: Traveling to exotic locations such as Madrid or Melbourne can be exciting and life changing, but there is always the concern that study abroad will negatively affect your progress toward graduation. With an interdisciplinary studies major, you can typically study abroad for a semester, or even a full year, without the loss of credits toward the completion of your degree.
  • Internships: Lock Haven University allows you to earn up to 15 internship credits and have them count toward your degree at LHU. Expectations are negotiated with the faculty sponsor but usually include, at a minimum: a daily log, a reaction paper, an abstract, and a positive evaluation from the site supervisor. In order to be eligible for internship credit, you must have completed 60 credits and have a 2.5 overall GPA.       

  • Facilities:  Faculty deliver courses in technology-enhanced classrooms with vast multimedia capabilities.  Students can access open computer labs and campus wireless network when using personally-owned devices.  Students can request technology resources from Stevenson Library, Media Services.                      

Want to Know More?

Interdisciplinary Studies

Rick Lilla
127B Stevenson Library, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-2463

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