Interdisciplinary Studies


Do you want to create your own major? If you are a student with a variety of passions, or if you feel like a single major just doesn’t encompass all your interests, the Interdisciplinary Studies major will allow you to integrate a variety of disciplines as part of your work at Grace College. You will graduate with knowledge that spans the curriculum, yet is sharpened to fit your interests and passions. Designed to promote creativity, original problem solving and greater curriculum flexibility, this unique major requires you to complete 15 credits in each of three departments with an eye to weaving the areas together around your interests. The integration that results will eventually be demonstrated in a senior project. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to enter the major, and entrance requires the completion of an interview process where the student explains their curricular intentions. Students who are in good academic standing following their first year of study at Grace may submit a proposal and apply for acceptance into this major.

Course Requirements for B.A. or B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies


ART 3320 Art History: Renaissance to Modern

This art history course is a survey of art forms from the Renaissance to the present. The primary focus is on the Western European art traditions. However, when the occasion warrants it, the cultures of India, China, Japan, the native Americas, Africa and the South Pacific are discussed.

COM 4240 Public Relations and Advertising Writing

Designed to give students an orientation to and practice in the principles, techniques, formats and skills necessary to be a writer in the fields of public relations and advertising. Students will develop specific pieces such as press releases, internal memos, fact sheets, public service announcements, commercials and promotions for print, electronic media and the Web.

HIS 3900 Latin America and the Atlantic World     

This course is an introduction to the cultural, political and geographical history of Latin America and the impact of Spanish and Portuguese colonization. As such, it examines the culture and history of Central and South America and to a lesser extent, the Caribbean. It examines the region’s indigenous civilizations, society under colonial rule, independence movements and Latin America’s role in political events during the modern era. The course will have a special focus on Mexico and may be integrated with an on-site J-term study tour to Mexico City and the surrounding region.

LIT 3540 Topics in Contemporary Literature

A study of works of fiction, poetry, drama, and/or nonfiction of the past 50 years. Topics under consideration vary from class to class, but may include a chronological introduction to the development of contemporary literature, a particular genre, a consideration of a theme or issue common across a number of works, and/or a study of works in the context of historical, aesthetic, or cultural events. 

BHS 2400 Research Methods in Social Sciences

An introductory study of the principles and techniques of investigation and data collection in the social sciences. The course will deal with techniques of organizing, conducting, analyzing and presenting such data.

ENV 3210 Aquatic Ecology

An overview of physical, chemical and biological components and their interactions in streams, wetlands and lakes. Particular focus will be on outdoor field work to learn hands-on skills in this area of study

BUS 3260 Small Business Entrepreneurship

Small business planning, which applies the fundamentals of planning, organizing, leading and controlling to the specific requirements of small business marketing, finance, production and personnel. Practical application and case study is emphasized.

ICS 3210 Applied Cultural Anthropology

The nature of man and how his culture affects him are explored with a view to how this, in turn, affects ministry in intercultural contexts. Worldview assumptions and resulting values, beliefs, behavior and attitudes are examined to determine how they affect the person in his perception and understanding of the physical and spiritual world around him and, ultimately, his understanding of the Gospel. Social organization is examined as to how it affects ministry strategy, and the nature of culture change is investigated with a view to evangelism. 

BBL 3010 Defining Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Students will identify the central affirmations of Christianity that distinguish orthodoxy from heresy, heterodoxy, liberalism and neo-orthodoxy. Students will be able to support each defining doctrine from Scripture. The role of creeds, church councils and doctrinal statements in defining and preserving orthodoxy will be explored. Students will appreciate the diversity within Christian orthodoxy, while the central affirmations are preserved.