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What is Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS)?
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.
is IDS right for me?
The most important reason for choosing IDS is that your college experience should be shaped around what is meaningful to you and your future. In addition, this program is designed for the inspired learner who is motivated to expand their career opportunities. By choosing more than one
areas of study, students will gain new perspectives and multiple skill sets that are marketable to numerous employers.
At a Glance
Bachelor degree students need to complete 128 credits with at least 25% being completed at SJC, and students who are transferring in a high number of credits, may only need to complete one minor. Please call an Admissions Counselor for more information.
As part of the IDS program, baccalaureate students will have an opportunity to study across disciplines and can choose their minor(s) from the approved program areas listed below. Students pursuing an associate’s degree in IDS will complete one approved minor.
Please note: Accounting, Adult Education & Training, and Theology minors all offer fast tracks options into Master’s degree programs.
Social Service Profession Minor
The Social Service Profession minor teaches engagement, assessment, advocacy, and intervention skills and can be paired with other helping profession minors such as psychology or criminal justice. This term-based minor's start dates are August 1, November 1, February 1, and May 1.
MEd, Lesley University
BFA, Atlanta College of Art
“Creativity, adaptability, critical thinking, collaboration —
these are highly valued skills in today’s dynamic global economy, and a
degree in Interdisciplinary Studies prepares students for such a work
environment.” Learn more from Kimberly.
PhD, University of Maine at Orono MEd, University of Southern Maine
Learn more about Sherrie
MFA, Warren Wilson College BA, University of Southern Maine
Learn more about Kurtis
Enrollment Support Assistant
“It was important for me to choose what I wanted to study and IDS has allowed me to plan and create my own degree....it fits into my busy life of work and parenting.”
Learn more from Nicky
Paraprofessional, elementary school, Guardian ad Litem, children in foster care
“Having an IDS degree with minors in Human Services and Psychology arms me with a valuable toolkit to be an effective teacher and advocate for at risk children.”
Learn more Meredith
Simulation Learning Designer
“I was able to immediately apply what I learned, which not only helped me grow, but it also helped me succeed in my job.”
Learn more from Nikki
curriculum in each of these online degree programs 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.
more about possible occupations.
Find your place at our 474-acre campus on the shore of Sebago Lake. With more than 40 academic programs to choose from, and a robust extracurricular club and athletics environment, Saint Joseph’s home on the lake is the perfect place to prepare for your future.
Offering distance education for learners of all ages since 1976, Saint Joseph’s online programs include certificates, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees—academic levels that suit your level.
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Advance your career with our online programs—from certificates on up to master’s degrees. We have provided distance learning for 40 years, so you can count on our expertise to prepare you for your future.