BS in Interdisciplinary Studies, Senior Living Leadership Minor

  • Overview

    This minor provides students with the background needed to work effectively in the variety of settings in which an aging population may live and receive care. As the population ages, there is increasing demand for alternative settings in which seniors can thrive. The Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies (BS, IDS) degree program is designed to provide students with opportunities to study within and across academic disciplines, as well as offer enriching and integrated learning experiences. The IDS program is similar to a General Studies program in that you can customize your learning experience, work toward your individual goals, and excel quickly toward your degree.

    At a Glance

    • Industry-specific curriculum prepares you for more responsible positions in a variety of occupations.
    • Courses blend content with your professional experience, allowing for immediate application in your work setting.
    • A generous credit-transfer policy is designed to award maximum credit for both traditional and non-traditional learning experience.
    • Faculty with practical experience work one-on-one with you to ensure your success.
    • Flexible online format that allows you to study at your own schedule, at your own pace and at your own location. No on-campus residency required.
  • Curriculum
    Bachelor degree students must complete 128 credits, and at least 25% must be completed through Saint Joseph's College. As part of the IDS program, baccalaureate students will have an opportunity to study across disciplines. Students pursuing an associate’s degree in IDS will complete one approved minor. Students can also pursue the Senior Living Leadership minor as part of the Associate of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies (AS SLL, IDS) degree program.
  • Some of our faculty
    • Sherrie Winton

      Director, Interdisciplinary Studies Program

      PhD, University of Maine at Orono
      MEd, University of Southern Maine

      Learn more about Sherrie

    • Matthew Day

      Ph.D., Duquesne University
      M.A., West Georgia College
      B.A., University of Maine

    • Sue Poulin

      M.S., University of Southern Maine
      B.A., University of Southern Maine

      Learn more about Sue

    Sherrie Winton

    Director, Interdisciplinary Studies Program

    PhD, University of Maine at Orono
    MEd, University of Southern Maine

    Learn more about Sherrie

    Matthew Day

    Ph.D., Duquesne University
    M.A., West Georgia College
    B.A., University of Maine

    Sue Poulin

    M.S., University of Southern Maine
    B.A., University of Southern Maine

    Learn more about Sue

  • Student Stories
    • Barbara Drapola, Director of Case Management

      It is imperative to me to have the flexibility and time needed to complete courses while working a full time, professional and highly demanding job, along with managing a home and family. Saint Joseph’s has allowed me to work towards accomplishing that goal.

    • Kare Waycott, Quality manager

      The flexibility and easy communication with professors makes continuing my education while continuing to work and  stay connected with family made at Saint Joseph's College a perfect choice for me! It's been a great experience!

    • Deb Gerow, Manager

      I have had a very good experience with the courses I have taken. My advisor is supportive and easy to contact. I have recommended Saint Joseph's College to many friends and colleagues.

  • Career Moves
    Employment is projected to grow faster than the average. Job opportunities should be good, especially for applicants with work experience in healthcare and strong business management skills. Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow 16 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. The healthcare industry will continue to expand and diversify, requiring managers to help ensure smooth business operations.