Interdisciplinary Studies, BA
Recent social movements in California and across the United States have highlighted the need for reform in our community institutions to establish equity, access, and social justice. Our Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Educational and Community Leadership will prepare you to meet this need.
Bachelor of Arts
8-week courses, 5 terms year-round
2 or 3 years, 50–60 units
Cost Per Unit
$425 for Summer 2023 · $450 for Fall 2023 · Financial aid and scholarships available
April 15 for Summer · July 15 for Fall · December 1 for Spring
Create Change and Tackle Inequality
Interdisciplinary Studies combines a variety of academic disciplines including education and the social sciences and empowers students to promote change for social justice in their communities as they advance in their careers.
Our Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies is located in our SJSU Lurie College of Education. The courses are designed and taught by our renowned SJSU faculty, which means that you will earn the same quality degree as all of our SJSU graduates and have the same opportunity to proudly cross the stage during your SJSU commencement ceremony.
Valuable Learning Experiences
Our program combines courses from our Departments of Child and Adolescent Development, Communicative Disorders and Sciences, Educational Leadership, Special Education, and Teacher Education and includes plenty of opportunities to apply your learning within and beyond your classes. Completing our program will enhance your ability to:
- Demonstrate leadership skills that promote change for the betterment of all individuals within a community system.
- Create interdisciplinary strategies to manage challenges within one’s professional field.
- Advocate an anti-racist approach to establish social justice with diverse communities.
Communication, Leadership, and Social Justice
Utilize a critical lens to develop a foundation for analysis of oral and written communication in the community. Expand personal written and oral communication styles to help amplify your voices in the community and in your careers.
Emerging Technology for All Learners
Learn effective use of the computer to meet exceptional learning needs, including special education software evaluation, word processing for written language development, individualized lessons with graphics and speech and database management for cognitive and language development.
Foundations for Early Childhood Curriculum
Understand foundations for implementing developmentally appropriate early childhood education curriculum. Examine history and theories underlying curriculum models; assessment of children’s learning; research and standards applicable to curriculum in language, literacy, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) content areas.
Psychological Foundations of Education
Research cognitive, affective and social/emotional development related to school settings. Examine theories of development, learning and instruction. Discuss individual differences, measurement, evaluation, instructional goals, classroom management and diversity in the classroom.
The Right to Learn: Language, Dignity, and Education
Debate about the role of formal schooling within a democratic society and analyze the ways in which access to schooling and its benefits have been disparately allocated across US history.
Inclusive Education Concentration
Prepare to work with diverse communities – both in school and beyond school education settings – through pathways such as teacher credential programs, special education credential programs, afterschool programs, and resource coordinators. Complete special education credential courses so that you can later complete a special education credential at SJSU with fewer courses and enroll in the credential as an intern.
Early Childhood Education Concentration
Prepare to qualify for a Master Teacher and Site Supervisor Early Childhood Permit. This pathway is recommended if you are interested in later pursuing a credential to become a transitional kindergarten (TK) teacher or a career working with children ages 0-5 and their families.
Advance Your Career
Through exposure to a curriculum that explores societal inequities and methods to accentuate strengths of a community and of its members, you will develop leadership skills that apply to a wide range of careers in education, child and youth services, community organizations, and social services.
Education administrators in the Bay Area earn an average annual salary of $65,000 and an upper range of $98,000, according to Glassdoor.
Take a look at some of the top sectors, top companies, and examples of job titles of our alumni, according to LinkedIn.
Arts and design
Community and social services
Media and communication
City of San José
- East Side Union High School District
Palo Alto Unified School District
San José Unified School District
- Santa Clara Unified School District
- Stanford University
Donor and data coordinator
Health and wellness advisor
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