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Interdisciplinary Studies

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies motivates students to pursue a creative plan that develops their specific calling. We believe in the dynamic synergy that results when a Christian worldview permeates ideas from a variety of academic disciplines.

About the Department

In the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, we recognize that some students are called to serve God in unique ways. Students consult with faculty to design a comprehensive program of study that meets specific goals. This program is approved and supported by an advisory committee. The program may be a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, depending on courses selected. Interdisciplinary programs include all fields of study except those programs under regulations established by outside agencies.

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies is exciting because it gives students a chance to pursue their individual dreams. We’re able to talk to students about where they feel the Lord is leading them and able to help them on their path. Every interdisciplinary student completes a capstone experience that is specifically designed to help them meet their career goals. These capstone experiences open doors for students to take their next step after graduation!
Ronald Ginn IDS
Internal Chair for Interdisciplinary Studies

Associate Professor of Education

Majors and Programs

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies that can be tailored to provide a quality, comprehensive academic experience for students with academic aspirations not served by any other academic department. This degree will prepare you for endless opportunities to serve the Lord. Majors created by students include International Leadership & Criminal Justice, Life Sciences & Spanish, Linguistics & Ancient Languages, Performing Arts Ministry, Philosophical/Literary Studies, Philosophy & Islamic Studies, Political Science and American History, and Writing & Directing Theatre/Film.

Examples of Interdisciplinary Majors

  • Ancient & Classical Languages
  • Art & Psychology
  • Aviation Technology & Computer Science
  • Biblical Counseling
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Biblical Languages & Historical Interpretation
  • Broadcast Computing/New Media
  • Communication, Psychology & Ministry
  • Entrepreneurial Business
  • Film & Theatre Production
  • Intercultural Studies & Criminal Justice
  • Life Sciences & Spanish
  • Linguistics & Ancient Languages
  • Performing Arts Ministry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-med
  • Philosophical & Literary Studies
  • Political Science and American History
  • Social Work & Criminal Justice
  • Sports Business Administration
  • Theatre Design
  • Victim Advocacy & Counseling
  • Visual Narrative & Writing


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    Ronald Ginn, Ph.D.

    Internal Chair for Interdisciplinary Studies


    Prior to coming to Northwestern, Ron Ginn worked in the public school system for 15 years teaching...

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