Cross-Disciplinary Studies: Integrated Education, B.A.

Program Overview

Are you looking for a major that will prepare you for a broad range of careers? In today's changing world, most people will have jobs in more than one field. The skills you will need to have an impact in a variety of careers and pursuits are those that belong to a timeless education: critical thinking, inquiry, communication, adaptability, people skills, and a broad knowledge of multiple subject areas. Wherever you go, you will bring a strong liberal arts background and interdisciplinary thinking, which will have you well-equipped to be a leader and problem-solver in many fields.

Even though cross-disciplinary studies is a broad major by nature, you will still have the opportunity to customize your program and dive deeper in subjects that especially interest you. You will be able to choose a focused area of concentration within your broader major and complete a capstone research project your senior year. You will also gain experience teaching and leading through 40 hours of fieldwork.

With the School of Education faculty behind you and the Offices of Strengths and Vocation to guide you, you will be ready to make a difference in our ever-changing society because of your timeless preparation.

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When Dan and Damen Lopez were young, their family moved from Los Angeles to the rural, small town of Julian, California “for a better life.”

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This program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and meets the requirements for educator certification in the state of California, where Point Loma Nazarene University is physically located. PLNU cannot confirm whether or not specific programs meet out-of-state requirements for Professional Licensure or Certification. Information about out-of-state requirements in teacher credentialing is available on this website

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For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

Cross-disciplinary studies: integrated education is a great option to prepare for a dynamic future. Graduates of this comprehensive program are sought after for their critical thinking, teaching, leadership, and communication abilities in a wide array of opportunities.

By making full use of an integrated education degree, you’ll develop creative thinking abilities and find yourself with countless academic and social skills that will aid you with future careers and relationships. 

Employers anywhere and everywhere are seeking intelligent and adaptable graduates who are ready for anything, meaning cross-disciplinary studies: integrated education majors are hired across all professions and are able to succeed in any potential field or industry they're interested in. 

With a Bachelor of Arts in Cross-Disciplinary Studies: Integrated Education, you might choose a career in:

  • Education
  • Special education
  • Ministry
  • Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Real estate
  • Public service
  • Social work

For those considering graduate study beyond your bachelors, you'll also be well-prepared for a variety of fields including medicine and law. Many employers and graduate programs prize students with a liberal arts background.

Where are PLNU Integrated Education Graduates Now?

The following are examples of positions that PLNU integrated education alumni currently hold:

Operations Research Analysts

2020 Median annual salary $86,200

Operation research analysts primarily gather and analyze data for their respective organizations. They must be talented at making timely and difficult decisions, interpreting complex information, and be good at problem-solving. Operation research analysts must be effective communicators as they must contact and talk with colleagues, supervisors, and executives about their findings and recommendations that would help improve the organization's well-being.

What it takes to be an operations research analyst: 

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • Writing skills

Project Management and Operations Specialists

2020 Median annual salary $77,420

Businesses and organizations in all industries may hire project management specialists. Project management specialists devise plans to increase productivity, manage funds and other resources, and ensure projects are on schedule for completion. Project management specialists sometimes lead teams of staff where they organize projects and set goals so they can meet goals on time. They also communicate with clients and supervisors. 

What it takes to be a successful project management and operations specialist: 

  • Management skills 
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Time management skills 
  • Budgeting abilities 

Social and Human Service Assistants

2020 Median annual salary $35,960

Social and human service assistants provide services in a variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, and social work. They might help clients identify and gain available benefits or aid them in obtaining social and community services. Furthermore, social and human service assistants may work with social workers to create and organize programs that can prevent and resolve difficulties in relation to substance abuse, dependent care, relationships, or rehabilitation.

What it takes to be a social and human service assistant: 

  • Communication skills
  • Compassion
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Time-management skills 

Alumni listed the following skills as the top strengths they acquired as an integrated education student at PLNU: 

  • Accounting
  • Adobe Photoshop elements
  • Data analysis
  • Education theories
  • Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) 
  • Event planning

Building a future with your integrated education degree: 

As the inspirational Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” Integrated education majors at PLNU spend their academic career building strong and loving Christian character that, in turn, sparks a desire to continue to learn about and educate future generations in an abundance of ways. 

Apply to PLNU today or get connected with one of our counselors for additional support and answers to any questions you may have.

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