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What is Interdisciplinary Studies?

Interdisciplinary Studies integrates ideas, theories, knowledge and information from two or more disciplines in order to fully address an issue, topic, or problem. Interdisciplinary Studies is a curriculum that allows students to integrate two or three concentration areas in a meaningful way to meet their post-graduation goals. Interdisciplinary Studies is one of the fastest growing majors in undergraduate and graduate programs as it allows students to expand their preparedness for today's constantly changing and shifting needs. Students who major in Interdisciplinary Studies are able to gain employment in fields such as cyber security, national security, education, law, politics, counseling, career advancement and promotion and entrepreneurship.

What is history?

History is the study of people, civilizations and events in the past, ranging from the earliest human civilizations to events of just a few years ago. History is one of the oldest disciplines in higher education and most universities offer degrees in history. Historians study all facets of human society in the past, some of the sub-fields of history include economic history, social history, cultural history, and political history. Historians write articles and books about the past, both describing events and explaining why and how the course of events has been shaped by the actions and reactions of individuals and groups.

Why major in Interdisciplinary Studies or History?

You hold the answer to that question, as the concentration areas you choose determine the many paths open for your success. The specialized degree in Interdisciplinary studies affords students two concentration/emphasis areas that allow them to set their own destiny. For example, a student with a concentration in psychology and a concentration in sociology is well prepared for graduate programs in sociology, urban affairs, criminal justice, and psychology. A student with concentration areas in health services management and psychology is also well prepared for graduate programs in public health. A student with concentrations in Business and English is also well-prepared for a graduate program in business administration, English, and/or cyber security. The options are endless and the opportunities are based on the students' performance.

Students who major in history through one of our five degree programs take a wide range of history courses. Their courses both in history and geography as well as  the other required classes across the university prepare students for careers that involve research, critical thinking and problem solving. Historians can see the big picture, organize large amounts of data and explain what it means to a wide audience. These skills are very useful in a wide variety of careers and fields. Those who opt to take the History-Social Science Pre-Licensure track take courses in secondary education as well as history, political science and geography to earn their license to teach secondary school social studies in Virginia.

Graduates with the B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies work and/or have worked in the following areas: military officers, education--private, public, charter,marketing/sales, business, accountancy, social work, school counseling, behavioral (mental) health, security/cyber-security, information technology, building construction. Graduates with degrees in history have also gone on to law school, work in public policy, law, for local, state and federal government agencies, in business and human resources, and as teachers.

@ NSU in Interdisciplinary Studies, We TEACH*:

T: Train/educate students to reach their full potential
E: Empower students to feel confident in performing.
A: Advocate and support students' ability to learn.
C: Challenge students to "think outside the box."
H: Hold students accountable for their education
*Adapted from Williams-Wheeler, M (2011), Women in Higher Education, p. 19

Who are we?

The faculty of the department of history and interdisciplinary studies have doctoral degrees in a variety of fields, from history and American studies to geography and education. One common theme ties our department together: we all focus on some aspect of the history, culture or education of people of African descent and other racial minorities.  Our faculty are all active scholars engaged in research projects relating to their own fields and interests and students are often involved in assisting faculty with research in their field.You can read more about our faculty and their accomplishments on their faculty pages.

Student Clubs

The department hosts three student clubs. Membership to the History Club and ISSA are open to all students. Membership in Phi Alpha Theta is restricted by the regulations of the national organization, which requires students to maintain a 3.0 GPA overall and have completed 15 credit hours of history classes with a minimum GPA of 3.1 in their history classes.

History Club

NSU's History Club is an active group of budding historians and history-lovers who enjoy coming together to discuss the discipline of history, view historical films, do community service and find like-minded friends.

Members of the History Club come from all disciplines, not just history majors. If you are curious about joining the History Club, please contact the club president or advisers and join our mailing list.

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