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Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

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Academic Information: - top


What is Interdisciplinary Studies? - top

The word "interdisciplinary" is defined in Merriam-Webster as simply "involving two or more academic, scientific, or artistic disciplines." An Interdisciplinary Studies degree does just that: it involves covering a broad range of practical and relevant subjects necessary for developing a breadth of understanding of learning and society. Students enrolled in the program select a concentration (Communication Arts, Psychology, Public Administration, or Organizational Leadership) which allows them to focus on a particular subject using an interdisciplinary approach.


Career Information - top


Possible/Typical Job Titles - (depends on tracks) - top

  • Staff member for politician
  • Administrative Aide
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Credit and Collections Personnel
  • Paralegal (add'l training)
  • Marketing Research Analyst
  • Teaching (add'l training)
  • Urban and Regional Planners
  • Management
  • Social Service Administrator
  • Population & Demographic
  • Analyst
  • Buyer
  • Insurance Agent
  • Parole Agent
  • Realtor
  • Public Administrator
  • Salesperson
  • Account Representative
  • News Reporter
  • Playwright
  • Magazine Editor
  • Attorney (after law school)
  • Television Producer
  • Interior Designer
  • Consultant
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Law Clerk
  • Entrepreneur
  • Hotel Manager

Typical Places of Employment - (depends on tracks) - top

  • Federal Agencies
  • Smithsonian
  • National Archives
  • Library of Congress
  • Intelligence Services
  • Forest Services
  • Public Interest Advocacy
  • Group
  • Banks/financial institutions
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Political Campaigns
  • Wholesalers
  • Retailers
  • Politics
  • Manufacturers
  • Journalism
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Health and social service org.
  • Retailing
  • Marketing research firms
  • Local Departments of Health
  • Specialty
  • Research institutes
  • Department Stores
  • Health services organizations
  • Telecommunication
  • Community welfare org.
  • Public utilities
  • Insurance
  • Ntl. political party headquarters

Required Skills and Abilities - (depends on tracks) - top

  • Reading and digesting publications and journals
  • Handing out surveys and coordinating the assimilation of data
  • Proofreading papers
  • Collecting and analyzing data
  • Writing reports, articles or books
  • Problem solving and troubleshooting
  • Planning and organizing events
  • Prioritizing tasks so as to make efficient use of time and resources

Alumni Resources - top

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

ALUMNI NAME

GRAD. DATE

CURRENT JOB

ORGANIZATION

SarahHund-Brown 2005 Organizer NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland
Jennifer Lawless 2006 HR Specialist AAI Services
Cynthia Keane 1993 Creative Services Manager Russell Reynolds Associates
Kevin Gates 1987 Lacrosse Coach & Enrollment Counsel. Delhi State-University of NY

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