Interdisciplinary programs combine two or more established academic disciplines to create a powerful learning experience and emphasize integrative learning, critical thinking, and creative problem solving.
This means that you may design your own, customized major to explore your varied—but related—interests. By drawing on the strengths of multiple academic departments, the individualized interdisciplinary major (IIM) can provide an education that gives you the best of many worlds.
Here are some examples of recent IIM topics:
As a student at Luther, you may propose an individualized interdisciplinary major developed in close consultation with a faculty advisor. An IIM proposal should have sufficient coherence in the disciplines/departments involved to achieve a knowledge base and an understanding of the philosophy and methods comparable to those of a traditional major. The rationale should be a product of close collaboration between the student and the faculty advisor.
In addition, IIM proposals should meet the following criteria: