Interdisciplinary Studies Overview

Your Degree, Your Way. At Nevada State College, we value pioneering thinkers, independence, and innovation. To support these values, we created the Interdisciplinary Studies program, which allows you to design your own individualized course of study and focus on your own particular interests.

1. Why Study Interdisciplinary Studies at NSC

Instead of choosing a traditional major, Interdisciplinary Studies students select a concentration and a minor, which combine to become the equivalent of a single major. This allows for over 160 possible degree combinations, such as:

  • Education and Psychology
  • Health & Wellness and Promotion
  • Environmental Science and Business
  • English and History

Our newest major concentration is in Health and Wellness, which prepares students to work in the growing field of health education. 

Each of these combinations allow students to look at problems from multiple perspectives and develop innovative solutions. To help students explore the ways their two concentrations intersect, the College offers two independent courses, ISC 300 and 495.  In these classes, instructors provide individual guidance and personalized attention that leads students through the completion of a capstone project.  This project provides concrete evidence of the student’s abilities, and can be used on the job market or when applying to graduate school. 

I invite you to explore the possibilities the Interdisciplinary Studies degree offers. For examples of what our graduates have done with their ISC degrees, please see our featured graduates page. For more information, please contact:

Gregory Robinson, PhD
Associate Professor of English
Chair, Humanities Department
Phone: 702-992-2663
Email: gregory.robinson@nsc.edu  

2. Careers & Graduate Schools

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the top six skills/qualities that employers look for in ideal candidate are:

  • Communication skills (speaking and writing effectively)
  • Strong work ethic
  • Teamwork
  • Ability to show initiative
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Problem solving

An interdisciplinary degree is ideal for developing these broad skill sets. As you progress, you will see that even disparate areas of study have similarities. You will begin to synthesize new ideas and make creative connections. To help you understand how to study across disciplines, you will take two Interdisciplinary Studies classes. The first will examine interdisciplinary studies as a concept and the final capstone course will allow you to create a unique project that demonstrates your understanding of your selected disciplines.

Graduate School

If you are thinking about graduate school, the Interdisciplinary Studies degree is well suited for students interested in attending graduate school. Interdisciplinary Studies graduates are interesting, open-minded, and ready for new challenges. They often go on to graduate school or accept positions that require innovative thinking.  With a broad foundation, you will be  open to new learning methods and able to adapt quickly to the challenges graduate school has to offer.  Furthermore, since the program is writing intensive, you will graduate with a solid rhetorical foundation that allows them to write well in multiple situations.  The capstone project at the end of ISC 495 highlights this writing ability and gives students physical evidence of their abilities, which may be helpful in the graduate admissions process. Our ISC graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in fields as diverse as game design, history, humanities, law, and library science.

3. Interesting Classes

  • ISC 300 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies
  • ISC 495 Interdisciplinary Capstone

4. Meet the Faculty

Dr. Robinson currently serves as the Chair of the Humanities Department. He joined Nevada State College in January of 2003.  He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, an M.A. in English from the State University of New York at Fredonia and a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University.  His specialties are literary/film theory, cinema studies, and 20th century American literature.  He has been published in Literature/Film Quarterly and has a chapter in the 2012 Blackwell Companion to Literature, Film, and Adaptation.  When he is not working, he is hiking to the hot springs, walking with his dog BinBin, or writing.

5. Featured Graduates

Health and Wellness Concentration in the Integrated Studies Program

A healthy workforce is more productive and more cost effective, leading employers to introduce wellness programs into their organizations. This has increased the demand for qualified professionals in health education. To help train you for this growing field, Nevada State College’s Integrated Studies program offers the Health & Wellness Concentration, which is just one of the possible 24-credit concentrations that you can choose as an Interdisciplinary major at NSC. You might want to combine it with the 18-credit minor in Promotion.

6. Where Alumni Work

Here are some of the places where NSC grads in Interdisciplinary Studies work and study:

Employment

  • American Society for Training and Development
  • Clark County
  • Clark County School District
  • Kemp Broadcasting
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Study

  • SUNY Potsdam
  • Rochester Institute of Technology

7. Possible Degree Combinations

Degree Details (Student Tools)