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    Are you someone who wants more control over the course of their education? Do you wish you could put together a degree of your own? Do you believe that a well-rounded education should cover not just one field of study, but many? Then take time to consider an Interdisciplinary Studies major.

    IDS majors craft their own degrees by picking courses from multiple disciplines so that they can achieve a more specific and personal educational goal. No one IDS major is exactly like any other, but it is a mistake to assume that IDS majors simply pick classes willy-nilly from a course catalogue. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Rather, IDS majors often have specific career goals in mind, and they know that a broader education will be critical to their respective career choices.

    IDS majors, for example, may choose to take courses in Communications, Spanish and Chicano Studies, with the goal of working in outreach programs that target immigrants, or as a foundation for a master’s degree in Public Health.

    Helpful courses in high school cover all the bases: AP English, history, current world problems, foreign language, mathematics, biology and chemistry.

    IDS majors find employment in every field and business. An IDS major can be a particularly strong degree for someone looking to enter into politics and government.

    Famous figures with IDS majors include Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of Blackstone Group.

    • Yale University

      Yale University Save

      Woodbridge Hall, New Haven, CT 06520
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      Founded in 1701 by those who felt Harvard had lost its way, Yale took as its Latin motto Lux et Veritas, Light and Truth, to suggest that those in Cambridge could no longer see the Veritas. Thus was the Harvard-Yale ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Princeton University

      Princeton University Save

      1 Nassau Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544
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      Situated in an affluent New Jersey college town rather than a city, Princeton is bright, beautiful, and sometimes a little smug. It is no accident that F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote This Side of Paradise about his years here. Those who ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Stanford University

      Stanford University Save

      Stanford, CA 94305
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      Younger than the Ivies and sunnier, too, Stanford has become the nation's most selective institution by providing a world-class education to those dreaming of Silicon Valley riches, as well as those with Olympic medals on their minds. In fact, given ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • California Institute of Technology

      California Institute of Technology Save

      1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125
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      Engineering,Computer Science and Mathematics are among the most popular majors at California Institute of Technology, located in sunny Pasadena, CA. Often compared to other well-known tech schools like MIT, Caltech stands out due to its small size and favorable student-to-faculty ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Dartmouth College

      Dartmouth College Save

      207 Parkhurst Hall, Hanover, NH 03755
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      The only Ivy with the feel of a college rather than a university, Dartmouth is a haven for undergraduates. Its idyllic setting in a classic New Hampshire town comes complete with Dartmouth’s own skiway. Famous for traditions like the Homecoming ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Vanderbilt University

      Vanderbilt University Save

      2101 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37240
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      The bookstore apparently does not sell a t-shirt that reads, "Vanderbilt…It Even Sounds Expensive," but it could, because the campus, a registered arboretum, looks like it costs plenty. Great academics, southern charm, SEC football, and the bright lights of Music ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Brown University

      Brown University Save

      One Prospect Street, Providence, RI 02912
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      By contrast to Columbia's curriculum that includes courses required of all students, Brown has long offered the most open-ended Ivy program, with self-designed study leading to concentrations rather than traditional majors. The "choose your own adventure" ethos may contribute to ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Washington University in St Louis

      Washington University in St Louis Save

      One Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63130
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      Using Archer Daniels Midland money to offer generous scholarships to National Merit Scholars starting in the early years of rankings 30 years ago, "Wash U"-as most call it—has attracted legions of students who have either fallen just short of the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Pomona College

      Pomona College Save

      550 N College Ave, Claremont, CA 91711
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      The most selective of California's Claremont Colleges, Pomona deserves its place amid the top liberal arts colleges in the nation; however, it does have distinct differences from the others in the top handful. Not as intensely competitive in intercollegiate athletics ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Northwestern University

      Northwestern University Save

      633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208
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      Just north of Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan—in fact built in part on land reclaimed from the water—Northwestern is to the Big 10 what Vanderbilt is to the SEC: the private university for the best students in the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Rice University

      Rice University Save

      6100 S Main, Houston, TX 77005
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      Rice's superb academics on an attractive residential campus on the edge of sprawling Houston can make those who still put gasoline in cars feel better about oil company profits, as some of that cash is going into a large endowment. ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Duke University

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      103 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
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      Duke is to the East Coast what Stanford is to the West: an elite academic institution that somehow also competes at the highest level in athletics. Stanford certainly has the edge in Olympic athletes, but Duke has Coach K, a ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Professions

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