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What will I learn?

The mission of the interdisciplinary studies department is to effect significant learning and student success both in college and beyond through:

  • Developing, coordinating and implementing interdisciplinary curricula and programs
  • Researching and employing the best pedagogical methods to meet the needs of unique student populations both inside and outside the classroom
  • Doing scholarly, cross-disciplinary research
  • As the center of collaborative, cross-disciplinary efforts for all students, faculty, administration, and staff, the department serves the entire Salem State University community.

Interdisciplinary studies supports a diverse set of programs, courses, services, and events at Salem State University.

We offer a bachelor's of liberal studies degree (BLS), which features four concentrations.

American Studies

American studies - a field that traces its history in the academy to the early 20th century - is an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the people, society, institutions and cultures of the United States (often called "America") past and present.

Interdisciplinary Studies

This is your opportunity to create an independent interdisciplinary course of study. This unique concentration was developed for a student who has a very specific professional objective/career and needs flexibility in planning a degree program. Students who create this independent course of study build a flow sheet reflecting courses that are cross disciplines.

Peace and Conflict Studies

The peace and conflict studies concentration within the interdisciplinary studies major is concerned with the issues of peace, sources of intercultural conflict, their resolution, and social justice. The program of study draws upon the strengths of a range of disciplines and focuses on developing an understanding of recent history, contemporary social/political structures, the problems associated with these structures, the ethical values embedded in these structures, potential conflicts, and possible paths to resolution. We live in a world where our ability to live peacefully with other peoples and cultures is crucial.

Applied Ethics

Both applied ethics and philosophy of art and culture concentrations include courses in philosophy and other disciplines from art, English, history, interdisciplinary studies, theatre, sociology, and psychology to education, social work and business, among others. It prepares students to join professions such as law, medicine, social work, psychology, and others as well as for graduate school.

Intercultural Communications

The bachelor of liberal arts major with a concentration in intercultural communications is an interdisciplinary program focused on understanding human communication across cultures. Students will develop critical thinking skills and learn to express themselves in a variety of contexts. The program includes courses from a wide range of academic departments, such as communications, sociology and interdisciplinary studies. All required courses in the concentration are available online.


  • American Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
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Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,480.00 per year
Summer - Tuition: USD $250; Per Credit: USD $499.20; Course Fee: USD $231.80
Application deadline

Expected December 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

352 Lafayette Street,



01970, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For Traditional first year: students must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater; and for Non-traditional first year (a non-traditional student has been out of high school for more than 3 years or has a GED): students must have a minimum high school or equivalent GPA of 3.0.

For international students

Applicants must have an official high school/secondary school record.

Obtaining a minimum required score on an approved English Proficiency examination:

Internet-based TOEFL test (iBT): 71

Revised TOEFL Paper-delivered test: 54


IELTS: 6.0

PTE Academic: 49

Application deadlines: Fall - August 1; Spring - December 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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