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Dr. Joycelyn Finley-Hervey

Dr. Joycelyn A. Finley-Hervey


Welcome to the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, the oldest degree in the world and the fastest-growing degree at the University of South Alabama.  The Greek philosopher Aristotle was the first to divide knowledge into categories, or disciplines.  As our knowledge has expanded over the centuries, the number and types of disciplines has grown.  The field of Interdisciplinary Studies was developed In recognition of complex nature of our world and the need for an educational foundation that has both the breadth and the depth needed to address the most important issues of our time.

Students in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of South Alabama enter with a wide variety of academic interests and professional goals.  Our faculty and staff work closely with each student to design an individualized academic curriculum that provides a challenging educational experience as well as the knowledge and skills needed to become leaders in their chosen professions.  Students earn either a Bachelors of Arts or a Bachelors of Science degree, based on their selection of three to four disciplines, or areas of study. 

We offer an Adult Degree Program as well as an Interdisciplinary Degree Program for traditionally-aged college students.  The Adult Degree Program is designed to accommodate the educational needs of students who may be beginning their academic study later in life, or are completing a degree begun earlier.  Our Interdisciplinary Degree Program is designed to launch younger students into their first professional experiences.   Both programs utilize state-of-the-art educational technologies to ensure access to the most innovative and flexible learning environments.

Our department is characterized by high levels of individualization and flexibility, along with a commitment to the highest academic standards.  We value diversity among learners and emphasize the importance of becoming engaged citizens, innovators, and leaders in our communities, country, and world.  International study is encouraged, with directed studies and internship opportunities available across the globe. 

On behalf of our entire staff and faculty, I welcome you to our department and the field of Interdisciplinary Studies.  We look forward to walking with you on your journey.

With highest regard,

Dr. Joycelyn A. Finley-Hervey