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Oct. 11, 2019

I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in comparative theology at Loyola Marymount University.

Personally, becoming an interdisciplinary studies student was one of the best decisions I made in my academic career. The IDS program allows for more flexibility in class choices; therefore, the student can pick which classes will benefit them more in the future endeavors. For example, I transferred into the IDS program after I decided where and why I wanted to go to graduate school. I made the ultimate decision that I wanted to go to LMU, get my master's degree in comparative theology and eventually become a professor. Before the transfer, I was a business student; I met all of the requirements for the graduate program except for formal classes on religion. Thus, because I became an IDS student with a focus in anthropology as well as business, I was able to take anthropology classes that had a religious base (such as sociology of religion, American Buddhism, magic, witchcraft and religion, etc.). This degree format is what allowed me to properly prepare for my unique career path.

This major is not a simple one and should not be used as an "easy way out" of classes. If the IDS program is taken seriously and completed properly, many goals, achievements and knowledge can be obtained. This degree is perfect for those whose ultimate career goals are unique and require a different type of education.