Interdisciplinary Studies

NCU offers an Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) program in which students customize their degree program. The IDS major is ideal for the student who has wide-ranging interests in several academic areas.

You will work with a faculty advisor who assists in constructing a program of coursework that will meet your academic goals. This program gives you the opportunity to pursue topics of study tailored to meet your individual interests and needs. The degree type (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) will be determined by the majority of the three selected disciplines.

The Interdisciplinary Studies major is offered in an environment where a Christian and liberal arts foundation ensures that your personal course of study is integrated with your faith and ethics.

learning objectives

Graduates from the IDS major will:

  1. Demonstrate holistic and creative thinking from a Christian worldview.
  2. Acquire a basic knowledge and understanding of each academic area that comprises the major.
  3. Read and think critically, write and speak clearly and persuasively, and conduct research effectively.
  4. Build the foundation to prepare for desired vocations or selected graduate programs.
  5. Pursue the goal of transformative leadership in their lives.


campus activities

Interdisciplinary Studies majors can choose from a number of clubs, activities, and ministries on campus as best fit their interests.

ncu graduates

“The IDS degree is a perfect fit for me. I love that it gives me the flexibility to focus on three different areas. Consequently, I think that being able to acquire knowledge and skills from multiple fields will be highly beneficial and help to broaden job possibilities after graduation.”
-Bethany Howard ’13
IDS Major: Global Studies, Business, & Communication



Program Director: Mick Bollenbaugh, Ph.D.

Ph.D. University of Oregon
M.A. University of Calgary
M.A. Lincoln Christian Seminary
B.A. Northwest Nazarene College
B.A. San Jose Christian College

Dr. Mick Bollenbaugh arrived at NCU in 1994. His primary teaching schedule includes ethics, engaging world thought and culture, and philosophy of religion. He brings nearly 20 years of teaching expertise to the classroom.

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