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Interdepartmental Studies

Interdepartmental Studies

Students at Linfield may pursue degrees in subject areas that span two or more academic disciplines, such as International Business. For descriptions of these programs, please see their pages in the McMinnville section of the catalog.

Linfield also provides students the opportunity to design their own interdisciplinary majors within carefully prescribed guidelines. For further information on Individual Majors, see the Degrees and Requirements section of the catalog.

In its attempt to serve students’ educational needs, Linfield offers some courses that do not fit readily into the established academic disciplines. These are taught as Interdepartmental Studies (IDST) courses, described below.

Interdepartmental Studies Courses

For more information, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

IDST-007  First-year Colloquium

Becoming a successful college student. Focus on the transition to Linfield's liberal arts environment, the resources of the Linfield community, and the process of setting goals and making intentional decisions. Conducted by faculty and peer advisors. Must be attempted by all fall semester first-year students. No retake permitted. $25 fee. 1 credit. (EL)

IDST-009  Transfer Colloquium

Becoming a successful Linfield College student. Focus on the transition to Linfield, the resources of the Linfield community, and the process of making sound academic and career choices. Must be attempted by all fall semester transfer students and spring semester transfer and first-year students who enter Linfield College (McMinnville Campus) with fewer than 60 transferable credits or without an Associate Transfer Degree or equivalent. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory with no retake permitted. $25 fee. 1 credit. (EL)

IDST-062  Resident Advisor In-service Class

For current residence life staff members only. Focus on pro-active leadership, community development, and use of campus resources in the residence halls. Issues faced by student staff members coordinating their own education with the needs of their residents. Offered through the Office of the Director of Housing. 1 credit. (EL)

IDST-072  Peer Advisor In-service Class

Focus on effective class facilitation, academic advising strategies, and use of campus resources in Colloquium and the advising relationship. Issues faced by student leaders managing their own educational needs with the needs of their advisees. May be repeated for credit. For current Peer Advisors only. 1 credit.

IDST-098  Orientation to International Study

Readings and presentations on selected topics related to program of study and cultural issues, preparation for international travel, and discussion in small seminar group. Offered fall semester in preparation for specific January term off-campus course. May be repeated. Prerequisites: Acceptance in the associated January term course. Offered fall. 1 credit. (EL)

IDST-110  Bridge to College Skills

Introduction to academic life at Linfield College: instructor-student course expectations, classroom interactions, course terminology, e-mail etiquette, and availability of learning resources. Development of facility in reading academic sources, note taking, synthesizing information, and using academic sentence structures to write academic reports, essays, and research papers. Building fluency in academic vocabulary, competence in classroom discourse and oral presentation skills. 4 credits.

IDST-287  Career Exploration Internship

Internships specifically devoted to career exploration. Open to all students. Offered by the Office of Career Services. Prerequisite: approval of the Office of Career Services. 2-5 credits. (EL)

IDST-387  Interdisciplinary Regional Internship

Internship opportunities with regional organizations that provide an interdisciplinary focus for students. Interdisciplinary seminar integrates their experiences. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: approval of departmental internship supervisor. 2-5 credits. (EL)

Any Questions? If you are interested in learning more about the curriculum at Linfield, please contact the Office of Admission at (800) 640-2287 or email An admissions counselor will be happy to answer your questions or put you in touch with a faculty member.

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