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David Pate, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences
Although most students choose a major within a single academic discipline and department, some students, particularly mature individuals looking for a more personalized major program, want the option of a concentration involving several academic fields.
St. John Fisher College has developed a program in Interdisciplinary Studies leading to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree which fulfills this need while emphasizing the central and long-term benefits of the liberal arts and sciences in a society characterized primarily by accelerating change. One competence, among others, crucially needed to meet such change is the facility for synthesizing the disparate bits and pieces of knowledge which constitute the intellectual phenomena confronting the average person, and it is hoped that this program will encourage the demanding process of finding the connections and forging them into a meaningful world-view. This major, then, is for students who seek to organize an undergraduate program for their own personal and professional needs.
The program is designed to serve:
Additional information may be obtained from the department directors and the Office of Academic Affairs.