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Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Programs

Interdisciplinary Studies Degrees

Prepare yourself for an exciting career in the vast world of Interdisciplinary Studies with one of Saint Leo University’s respected degrees. The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies is home to several innovative, dynamic programs that are tailored to meet students' needs. We are proud to offer Bachelor's Degrees in Medical Humanities (which includes Health Humanities or Pre-Med tracks), Veterans Studies (the first of its kind in the nation!), and Contemporary Studies (catering to online students with a broad range of interests).

In addition to these three majors, we are proud to offer several minors that dovetail nicely with most major programs of study.

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Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Options

Degree
Level

Associates

Bachelors

Masters

Doctorates

Minors

What does it mean to have a degree from the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies?

Our programs are carefully developed to help students navigate increasingly complex fields of study. A Medical Humanities degree with Health Humanities focus will position students to work in a multitude of fields related to healthcare or even pursue a graduate degree in an area of interest, like the history of medicine; students who graduate from the Pre-Med track will be prepared to take the MCAT or pursue a career in a variety of practices. A student who graduates with our Veterans Studies degree will have studied the impact of being a veteran, from what this has meant historically or artistically to the leadership training veterans typically receive. And our third major, Contemporary Studies, kicks off with a focus on critical thinking and goes on to feature courses from across the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Applied Sciences.

What Types of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Jobs are Available?

There are a variety of career options available when you earn a Interdisciplinary studies degree. Depending on your program focus, some job titles may include:

  • Journalist
  • Policy Analyst
  • K-12 Teacher
  • Urban Planner
  • Politician
  • Nonprofit Organizational Director
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Speech Writer
  • Archivist
  • Museum Manager
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Physician's assistant
  • Law
  • Health Education
  • Medical Writing
  • Healthcare Management
  • Public health
  • Wellness program director
  • Pharmaceutical representative
  • Patient care coordinator
  • Patient advocate

Karen Hannel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Karen Hannel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

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Email: karen.hannel@saintleo.edu


Dr. Karen Hannel earned her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at Union Institute and University. Her dissertation advisor, Dr. Karsten Piep, is a well-known expert in the American experience of World War I. Dr. Hannel won the Marvin B. Sussman Dissertation Award for her work which she has published under the title Lost Voices of the First World War in Irish Art and Literature (McFarland, forthcoming). As her expertise focuses on the nexus of conflict and creativity she has written and presented widely on the cultural impact of multiple conflicts including the Civil War in the United States and World War I in France, Britain, Germany, and Ireland. She has also written on the connection between genocide and the confiscation and destruction of cultural artifacts in World War II and the looting of art goods in the Iraq War. She is currently finishing a co-authored book with Dr. Eric Hannel titled The Colonizing Gaze: Critiquing Monocultural Portrayals of the Native American “Savage” in Popular Culture which explores how formal conflicts (specifically the Indian Wars) and informal aggressions have shaped depictions of indigenous people in American ephemera. In the earliest stages of development, she and Eric Hannel are researching Lakota soldiers who participated in World War I.

Dr. Hannel is the founding chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. She has been with Saint Leo for more than fourteen years and has taught a wide variety of courses in the Humanities, developed numerous interdisciplinary courses, contributed to the creation of other programs including the Women’s and Gender Studies minor and Medical Humanities major.

Elisabeth Aiken, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Associate Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Elisabeth Aiken, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Associate Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Tim Jussaume, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Director of the Honors Program

Tim Jussaume, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Director of the Honors Program

Allyson Marino, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Allyson Marino, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English


Astrid Vicas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology

Astrid Vicas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology



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