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Northern Vermont University will join with Castleton University and Vermont Technical College to become Vermont State University on July 1, 2023.

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Find Your Direction with a Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at Northern Vermont University

The interdisciplinary studies major allows you to design your own customized program of study. Working with your advisor, you’ll identify the disciplines or groups of disciplines you want to study, then submit a detailed program proposal describing the relationships among three areas of study you choose to pursue.

The Interdisciplinary Studies Program Committee will review your proposal, along with your transcript and a plan of study, and recommend revisions or clarifications as needed. Once your proposal is approved, you will officially be an interdisciplinary studies major. You’ll continue to work with your advisor throughout the program to make sure you’re on track to meet requirements.

You’ll fulfill the general education core curriculum as you complete your self-designed program of study, learning how history’s great thinkers have tackled the problems of their time and gaining skills in critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving — skills in high demand in the job market whatever your career path.

Interdisciplinary Studies


Emily Mixon ’19

As an interdisciplinary studies major, Emily — with the help of her adviser — designed a curriculum with courses in literature, creative writing, visual arts, and education to prepare her for a career as a behavioral interventionist.

After graduation, Emily chose to stay at NVU-Johnson and pursue a master’s degree in education.

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Students sit and study together at a table.

“I don’t think I could have done half as much anywhere else.”

– Alyssa Slaiman ’16


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