Interdisciplinary skills are much different from the skills most people acquire in college. There are both pros and cons to this. One pro of studying interdisciplinarily is that rather than having a blind view of one discipline like in traditional degrees, an interdisciplinary studies major understands how to look at problems from many different perspectives. Additionally, interdisciplinary studies majors study two different subject areas. They are getting a much more well-rounded education than a traditional major as well. A third pro of being an interdisciplinarian is that they are trained to think outside of the box and develop much more creative approaches to problem solving situations. But where there are pros, there are also cons. One con to being a interdisciplinary studies major is that they don’t acquire as much knowledge on their topics of study as, would say, a double major (which is what I now am!). The BIS degree essentially combines two different minors to make up one major. Students do not gain such a deep understanding of each topic as they would have had they chosen one major alone. Additionally, the biggest con of the interdisciplinary studies program is that most people don’t understand what it means without having been explained to. “I am a BIS major” doesn’t mean much to most people. Especially to an employer sifting through resumes. It is one thing when you are at an interview and have the opportunity to explain the degree. But on paper, most people will skim by without a second thought. Finally, the last con to being an interdisciplinarian is that these people often spend so much time trying to “think outside the box” that they completely overlook the problem.
Good bye, Interdisciplinary Studies program! It’s been real.