College of Arts and Sciences
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

Internships and Resources

  • Internships: Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies majors are encouraged to undertake internships for credit, obtaining the full advantage of the many opportunities to work in the Seattle area. Students have recently interned at Childhaven, Hugo House ("A Place For Writers"), Medina Elementary, The Vera Project (all-ages music nonprofit), All the Flutter Wedding and Event Design Planning, Haven Boatworks, Queen Anne Montessori, Yole! Africa (Film Festival in Congo), Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Rotary Boys and Girls Club, The Civilians Theatre Co (NY), Seattle Fire Fighters Charity, Seattle International Film Festival, SU Athletics Advising and more. The Liberal Studies office regularly communicates new internship and work opportunities, and provides the necessary guidelines and internship registration forms. Follow this link: Internships:

    Real-World Service: All Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies majors volunteer to work with organizations for social justice as part of a unique 5 credit course, IDLS 3000 - Leadership for Community Engagement. It provides students with real-world work experience and first-hand familiarity with how community organizations work. Many students choose to continue volunteering beyond the scope of the course.

    Undergraduate Publishing Program: Designed by Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies faculty, UPP is available to all IDLS majors and recent alumni. The goal is to support majors in their pursuit of written scholarship, and ultimately, to publish. Journals, newspapers, magazines, and books are possible forums for publishing.

    Building an E-Portfolio: All Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies majors establish an electronic portfolio in their first course, and develop it through graduation. This e-portfolio showcases academic and other achievements, and students can invite others to view it, such as potential employers. As seniors, the e-folio can transition from academic to a vocational, teaching, or professional portfolio.

    Student Leadership Council: Select Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies majors advise the Program Director throughout the year. These student representatives give input on curriculum, policies, events, and help develop Program innovations.

  • What can I do with an Interdisciplinary
    Liberal Studies Degree?

    Emily Cohen, HARVARD Divinity School; Nathan Wheeler, 4th grade TEACHER; Chris Holway, YAHOO!; Anna Roberds, MIT at STANFORD; Anneke Meulblok, NON-PROFIT; Bryan Dalton, WA State COUNSELOR; Sara Stockett, EFELLE MEDIA.

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    Declaring a Major in
    Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

    It’s simple! Come to the Liberal Studies Program (Casey 4th Floor) and complete a form declaring your major in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies. You will be assigned a faculty advisor right away. And you will be encouraged to meet Dr. Sven Arvidson, Director.

    Student Leadership Council 2014-15

     Taylor Barkee '15,
     Robin Curry '15,
     Danae Hackett '15
     Jennifer Hurst '15
     Tali Missirlian '16