Before this course, I hadn’t the slightest clue what interdisciplinary even meant.
All I understood was that I could build my own major comprised of almost anything. I though perhaps we would work more in developing our newly formed majors or done research on what we were personally interested in. This course was nothing that I thought it would be, and I’m so thankful for it. Learning about the different varieties of learning and ways of spreading knowledge has been so important to me. I never would have known about these incredible resources without IDS. Now when people ask me what my major is and I say “Interdisciplinary Studies” (before including my own title) I’m always countered with confused look and a, “what is that?”. When I explain how I can basically create my own major and build it with the classes of my choice, I can see their interest growing.
When I think of Interdisciplinary now, I define it as a way for students to effectively project themselves into their learning. Being able to decide on a focus built on what and how you want to learn is a huge advantage. We discussed different types, Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary. Multi is more like a fruit salad, everything is together but can still be separated and taken out as individuals. Interdisciplinary is more blended, like a smoothie. Parts from all the focuses are mixed to create something new. My major is more Interdisciplinary. I’ll be using aspects from all my focuses and blending them to create my ideal skillset.
Interdisciplinary matters to universities as it allows students to fully immerse themselves into the program they create. Students being able to choose what classes they include in there major will make them for willing to attend class and be interested in there education. Without interdisciplinary, courses would be rigid and everyone’s education would be the same. These programs should be shaped by the individuals, not the school. The world needs interdisciplinary. It would give students the opportunity to get the most from their schooling.
I hope that I will be successful in creating my ideal major. I want to have the skillset that is necessary for my future career. I hope that PSU’s IDS program continues to grow. It provides a great opportunity for students to create their own program and mold it around their own academic needs.