Laura Bergin ‘17
IDS Major: Images of Conflict
Minors: Spanish, Anthropology
Study Abroad Destination: Salamanca, Spain
When I entered Gettysburg College I had no clue what I wanted to study. I enjoyed many of my classes my first year, though I did not feel a connection to any one discipline in particular. While searching for options, I happened upon the Interdisciplinary Studies webpage and I was immediately intrigued by the idea of creating my own major. After working with the IDS committee and Lin Myers I was able to create a track that I am truly impassioned by and proud of.
My major brings together many fields of study, including Journalism, Film Studies, Globalization Studies, Photography, Spanish, and Women’s Studies with a base in Anthropology. The experience of creating my major and tying together all of these areas of study challenged me not only to pin point what my passion is, but also to be able to study this passion from various points of view. I believe this has made me a much more open-minded person, as I bridge disciplines with differing methodologies and theories each day. Through the process I was also able to meet professors from many different departments who were eager to see me succeed and challenge my creativity. Furthermore, the work I have put into creating my major has begun to pay off, as many employers are interested and intrigued by the idea of an individual major, setting me apart from others with traditional majors. I believe my Interdisciplinary Studies major also enriched my study abroad experience as I traveled around Europe and experienced many of the things that related to what I was studying on Gettysburg’s campus first-hand.
This year I will be the student representative on the IDS committee, allowing me to gain a greater understanding of the inner workings and process of IDS and become a resource for any students who are applying, or who show interest in becoming an IDS major. My advice for anyone looking at the Interdisciplinary Studies major would be to give it a try! Though the application process may seem intimidating, there is a fantastic support system of individuals who are incredibly passionate about the major and are more than willing to help you through the process. The critical thinking and problem solving skills that this major requires will set you apart from other students and allow you to realize your passion!