An interdisciplinary studies doctorate is a program which allows for the combination of two or more areas of interest to create a unique specialization. Such programs are offered through the humanities department of a college or university. While most programs allow students to choose their own specializations (subject to institutional guidelines), some schools offer interdisciplinary programs tailored to specific areas of interest, such as health studies or women's studies. Regardless of their field, students in these programs acquire skills in rhetoric, writing, critical theory, and research methods. Students must submit a dissertation prior to graduation.
In order to apply, students typically need to hold a master's degree in a related field. They may also be required to demonstrate fluency in a foreign language.
Interdisciplinary Studies PhD Program
Interdisciplinary studies Ph.D. programs typically require around 36 hours of graduate coursework. Possible areas of concentration include art, drama, comparative literature, history, philosophy and religious studies. Common coursework for students in all fields includes:
- Qualitative Research
- Quantitative Research
- Proposal Development
- Data Analysis
- Research Methods
Because of the wide range of disciplines available in interdisciplinary studies programs, graduates can go on to hold a wide variety of positions, but they most commonly pursue academic careers in college-level teaching and research. Other possible job titles include secondary school teacher, historian, museum curator, and writer.
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of employed postsecondary teachers is expected to grow 13% from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than average for all other jobs.
Students whose area of interest spans multiple fields of study within the humanities may pursue a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies, usually with the goal of becoming a college professor.