Interdisciplinary studies allow for exploration in multiple topics, and students are trained to craft connections between those topics. Such enrichment of the overall educational experience provides lifelong learning skills applicable in a diverse range of careers.
The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science at Michigan State University offers students the opportunity to make full use of both the commonality and diversity inherent in the social sciences and to construct from them a well-integrated, multifaceted liberal arts education. Students who do not wish to limit their studies to the specialization of a single disciplinary department or professional school benefit from a well-rounded bachelor's degree program providing broad exposure to several of the social sciences.
Many important topics in the study of human beings, their social organizations and behavior, and their physical and biological environments do not fall exclusively within the boundaries of a single social science discipline. Each distinctive social, behavioral, and economic science discipline from which IDS students construct their programs complements and modifies the theoretical perspectives and findings of the others. Many faculty in the College of Social Science participate in instruction, research and public outreach projects preparing students to enter the career market or undertake advanced studies.