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Interdisciplinary Studies Overview & Goals

Complex problems require interdisciplinary approaches if valid solutions are to be found. Interdisciplinary Studies at Bethany College is a program that responds to this need. It houses courses, majors, and minors that cross departmental lines. Majors and minors can be student-initiated or faculty-sponsored. The program, designed to create a broader array of educational opportunities, assists individual students to design, propose, and complete a coherent, individualized, interdisciplinary degree program that is not currently available at Bethany. Similarly, faculty are invited to propose new interdisciplinary programs to serve the needs of their students.

Current faculty-initiated interdisciplinary majors include: Education and Psychology; Environmental Science; German Studies; International Economics with Study Abroad; International Relations; Music Technology; and Psychology, Religion and Culture. Minors are offered in Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Nonprofit Management; Nonprofit Marketing; and Women’s Studies.

The new Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology provides the student with a firm foundation in the creation, performance, presentation, and recording of music in a variety of contexts: live, audio and video recording, and internet streaming. Internships provide experience with an off-campus recording studio, media organization, communication agency, or professional performance groups for the Music Technology Major. On-campus events also give Music Technology students opportunities in performance, composition, audio recording, and live sound applications.

Phillips Room at Bethany College

Areas Of Study

Environmental Science (Major)
Music Technology (Major)
Psychology and Education (Major)
Psychology, Religion and Culture (Major)
Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Minor)
Nonprofit Management (Minor)
Nonprofit Marketing (Minor)
Women’s Studies (Minor)


  • Audio recording and production
  • Video recording and production
  • Music editing
  • Sound engineer
Meet The Faculty
Harald Menz

Professor of World Languages and Cultures (German); Co-Chair, Department of Humanities

Morlan Hall, 116
Brooke Deal

Associate Professor of Religious Studies; TW Philips Chair of Religious Studies; Co. Director of Interdisciplinary Studies; Co. Chair of the Department of Humanities

Morlan Hall, 111

View our course catalogue for the full list of requirements and course descriptions.

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