Interdisciplinary Studies


If you are highly motivated and self directed, you might want to consider an individually designed major. It will enable you to pursue an individualized, multidisciplinary course of study outside of existing majors and minors. You’ll work closely with a faculty advisor to build a program from classes offered across the college, including those in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and schools of business and education.  

Individually Designed Major, B.S. AND B.A.

The interdisciplinary studies program allows highly motivated and self-directed students to pursue a course of study that falls outside of existing majors and minors by developing an individualized cross-disciplinary course of study. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary-studies major integrate classes from multiple disciplines into a unified and coherent course of study. The principles of integration can be historical, regional, thematic or problem-focused. The interdisciplinary-studies major is not a mechanism to avoid those portions of an existing major that are uninteresting or difficult, nor is it simply a mechanism to take courses in several areas of interest. The major must be a unified program that is academically sound and will contribute to the individual student’s intellectual development. This program requires students to actively plan their program and cultivate a working relationship with their faculty advisor(s). The interdisciplinary-studies major culminates in a capstone paper or project that integrates the student’s coursework. 

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Berry College also offers several programs that are interdisciplinary in nature.
These formal programs are available to all students.

Creative Technologies Major, B.S. and Minor

The creative technologies major is an interdisciplinary program that combines studies in Technology, Computer science, and Business. It uses technology projects as the means for developing student creativity, analytic & problem solving skills, mathematical & scientific reasoning, collaborative abilities, aesthetic sensibilities, computing, programming skills, project management skills and strategic insights. Technologies that will be used in the program of study will include digital fabrication tools (like 3D printing and laser cutting), software development, robotics and programmable logic controllers.

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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Environmental Studies at Berry College is an interdisciplinary program that addresses the environment and environmental problems with methods and through the perspectives of the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Environmental Studies explores human engagement with the biophysical world in diverse settings, including urban, agricultural, as well as less managed “natural” environments.

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FAMILY STUDIES

The goal of Family Studies is to improve all types of families by applying scientific methods to questions about intimacy, relationships, parenting, dating, marriage development, sexuality, and diverse family forms.

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LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN STUDIES MINOR

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies program offers students the opportunity to build a strong base of knowledge about one of the world’s most diverse regions. Drawing from expertise across several departments at the college, the LACS minor gives students and interdisciplinary context for exploring scholarly, professional an personal interest in areas such as the history, language, culture, art, literature and politics of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Legal Studies Minor

The Legal Studies minor is an interdisciplinary curriculum focusing on law and the American legal system. Courses available include broad overviews of business and constitutional law, surveys of the law’s economic efficiency and philosophical underpinnings, and intensive examinations of specific legal areas. 

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WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES MINOR

As young men and women enter the twenty-first century, they encounter an entirely new, historically unprecedented set of gender relations. Over the course of the twentieth century, women have increasingly entered the public sphere of work, politics and cultural production, and their position within the private, domestic sphere has changed accordingly. Given this radical revision of the position of women in all aspects of Western culture, it is appropriate for students to explore the causes of this gender revolution, to examine its effects in the present and to analyze the future possibilities for harmonious adjustment to it. The minor in women’s studies is designed to facilitate these goals, as well as to increase students’ awareness of the impact of changing gender roles on their major fields of study

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