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Overview

You have myriad interests and abilities. You get bored studying just one thing. You want your education to relate directly to you and to the world. You demand an answer to the why question, especially as it bears upon education. Your DNA has connector in it. You procrastinate in order to innovate (realizing that "precrastination" is actually the easy way out, the way not to have to think through a project on every level).
 
If this describes you, then the interdisciplinary studies Bachelor of Arts degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.) Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin your own successful and unique career. 

 

Major Description 

 

As an interdisciplinary studies (B.A.) major at NGU, you will spend much of your time growing as a broad-based integrator for Christ; crossing disciplinary borders while thinking per crucem ("through the cross"); building a major responsive to your career calling while coming to a fuller understanding of what your calling is; and, therefore, learning about the world and about yourself. You will focus on cutting-edge skills and predispositions such as holistic thinking, synthesis, metacognition, the active imagination, global awareness, multimodal communication, accountability and leadership, impact-based learning, and career flexibility.

 
Your senior capstone portfolio will include a final project that integrates your respective disciplines in a problem-solving mode, detailed reflections on service learning, and other personalized materials meant to prepare you in the short term (What do I need to do to get a job right after graduation?) and the long term (How can I make sure I am still chasing my dreams?).

 

Curriculum

 

The curriculum within the Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.) Department at NGU is, by design, one that allows students to tailor-build their own "interdiscipline," as they select courses from two or more existing disciplines.

As an interdisciplinary student, you can choose two key interdisciplinary seminars meant to direct and shed light on the process of integrating their respective fields. A deeper integration attends this process, one where you learn to bridge head and heart, as well as classroom and real world.

The end result is a distinct career preparedness marked by greater flexibility and sustainable confidence. An interdisciplinary studies student at NGU is prepared for a complex global culture and simultaneously given a service-oriented Kingdom mentality.

Faculty Strengths

 

Gregory Bruce teaches the core interdisciplinary studies courses, yet students in the program will take courses with professors within their chosen disciplines of interest. Bruce holds a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies with literature and religion from Emory University's Institute of the Liberal Arts, a forerunner in the field of integrative learning. His years of research and teaching, furthermore, have brought him to the cutting edge of interdisciplinary practice in a Christ-centered environment.

Tracks / Concentrations

 

Couplings Model

These are a few of the many possibilities:

Specialized Model

Minors

Electives

 

One of the positives of selecting an interdisciplinary degree is the huge number of electives you may choose in any field, as long as you meet the prerequisites. This advantage allows you to go broad and add a third concentration, go deep and take more courses in either concentration, or go forward and use all those college credits you have earned in the past and not had room for in your current degree curriculum. 

Success

Future

Career Opportunities

 

  • Activism
  • City planner
  • Independent artist
  • Interpreter
  • Law
  • Marketing coordinator  
  • Missionary
  • Nonprofit worker  
  • Social worker
  • Teacher/Professor

Postgraduate Studies

 

  • Armstrong State University
  • Boston University
  • Clemson University
  • Dallas Seminary
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Georgia State University
  • San Diego State University
  • The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • The University of Puerto Rico
  • The University of South Carolina
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Wake Forest University 

Employers

 

  • Brookwood Church
  • Carolina Engineering Solutions
  • Charleston Southern University
  • Greenville County Government
  • Greenville Literacy Association
  • Hilton Head Christian Academy
  • International Mission Board
  • LAX Airport Hospitality
  • LearningRx
  • Miracle Hill Ministries
  • North Greenville University
  • The Delta Hospital Group
  • The North African Branch of the Non-Government Organization, Switzerland
  • The Salvation Army
  • The United States Government
  • U.S. Army Officer Training 

Learning Experience



Hands-On Experience


City of Greenville Partnerships

Our ever-growing partnerships in our neighboring city - ranging from The International Center of the Upstate to the alternative high school Next and from M. Judson Bookstore's storytelling events to Open Works' collaborative entrepreneurial work-space - provide our students with key opportunities to network and test out their interdisciplinary theories in the real world.

Poetry Night

Our longstanding interdisciplinary arts events, held both on and off campus, give our students a "culture lab" for exploring the integration of faith and creative arts. We get plenty of practice in "doing space" - in creating events and engaging culture.

The Mountain Laurel Magazine

Interdisciplinary studies students have led the way in sharing their verbal and visual works in this award-winning art and literary publication at NGU.

Interdisciplinary Community at Large

Our program is successful only because students are allowed, right from the get-go, to buy in, to take on leadership roles, and to co-create the program. Our alumni base is strong, so this process continues well after graduation.
 

Faculty Biographies

Courses

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours)
Composition and Literature (3 hours)
Physical Education (2 hours)
First Year Experience (1 hour)
Introduction to Information Technology (3 hours)
Math course (3 hours)
History course (3 hours)
Biology course (4 hours)
Old Testament Survey (3 hours)
New Testament Survey (3 hours)
Foreign language course (3 hours)
Open elective or prerequisite course (3 hours)
Extracurricular - Volunteer for IDS community work on campus or in the city of Greenville

*Please note that the following sequencing of courses is just an example. Also note that electives can be used as prerequisites for disciplinary components (if these are required) or as a developing third field in and of itself. For example, someone wishing to combine Christian studies and linguistics for the mission field may want to take business courses for a platform for that ministry. 

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies (1 hour)
Open elective, prerequisite, or component course (3 hours)
Open elective, prerequisite, or component course (3 hours)
Fine arts appreciation course (3 hours)
Physical science course (4 hours)
Oral Communication (3 hours)
History course (3 hours)
English literature course (3 hours)
Psychology or sociology course (3 hours)
Foreign language course (6 hours)
Open elective (3 hours)
Extracurricular - Volunteer for IDS community work on campus or in the city of Greenville

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Primary concentration courses (18 hours)
Secondary concentration courses (12 hours)
Advanced Expository Writing (3 hours)
Foreign language course (3 hours)
Extracurricular - Volunteer for IDS community work on campus or in the city of Greenville

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Primary concentration courses (6 hours)
Secondary concentration courses (6 hours)
Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Seminar (3 hours)
Open electives (9 hours)
Extracurricular - Volunteer for IDS community work on campus or in the city of Greenville

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

Program Objectives

 

  • Integrate methods and concepts from two or more disciplines in order to establish a career path responding both to the complexity of a globalized world and the simplicity of the way of Christ.
  • Enjoy a wide-ranging identity as an interdisciplinarian, such that learning and living come together in ever-novel and productive ways.
  • Engage in cognitive-affective learning (head and heart), where individual passions are fused with collective resources.
  • Communicate in multi-modal, culturally responsive ways, while developing a distinct voice. 

 

Resources

 


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