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Are you interested in lots of things and dreaming about building a career around your passions? We can help you make it happen. Combine more than one area of study to create powerful and innovative learning for your future success.
Complex problems require creative problem-solving. More than ever, employers need people who can adjust to rapidly changing industries and work on a wide variety of projects. This program prepares its graduates to navigate a swiftly evolving workforce by fostering innovation, autonomy, and applied creativity.
Using real-world projects to gain practical experience throughout your studies, you’ll have a portfolio that provides the tangible evidence you need to stand out from the crowd when you enter the job market.
Recognizing that many of the best solutions are born from interdisciplinary thinking, Champlain offers the Degree Design Lab (DDL) to students whose passions cross more than one academic area. The DDL is a new way of combining courses and experiences to create your own personalized education. As an Integrative Professional Studies major, you will use the Degree Design Lab to build and develop your academic experience.
Design your college experience in a way that capitalizes on two of Champlain's greatest strengths: interdisciplinary learning and innovative, career-driven programs.
Here's how it works:
Design your own major by weaving together your chosen areas of study. Possibilities include:
Based on your interests, you will be immersed in a variety of professional topics starting in your first semester. You'll engage with projects of your choosing in a collaborative setting, learn how to combine your multiple interests to create new knowledge, and see how your work fits within an increasingly complex world.
Burlington, Vermont, provides an ideal setting for diverse applied learning opportunities. Champlain has forged relationships with local businesses and nonprofit organizations that allow students to do hands-on work in industries such as environmental stewardship, social justice, and technology. We strongly encourage DDL students to gain international experience, as well!
According to a recent survey of top executives, nearly all employers give preference to graduates with skills that will enable them to contribute to innovation in the workplace. Many of the greatest innovations of the world have been novel combinations of existing tools or ideas—creating something new from the things that came before. An interdisciplinary education trains you to make these kinds of outside-the-box connections.
"In my current position, I never solely rely on my education expertise. On a daily basis, there are threads between education, psychology, criminal justice, communication, and social work. All of these disciplines coexist within my job as an advisor; I don't code switch and take turns wearing education hats vs. psychology hats. This interdisciplinary approach needs to happen simultaneously if I want to be successful at my job."
-Kayla Arena '18 // Early Childhood/Elementary Teacher Education