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Chowan University's Department of Interdisciplinary Studies is uniquely designed to allow students the freedom to establish a specialized major that is more directly devoted to a student's individual interests and needs.
These students can develop a personal concentration of studies tailor-made for people whose interests, plans, or abilities overlap these categories, in order to learn beyond the traditional boundaries of higher education that limit most other institutions.
Students can use their previously earned class credits and graduate with a degree distinctly devoted to their talents!
By combining different courses from all over the campus, students can earn degrees in:
Students of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies will graduate with a wide array of skills and experiences that will prepare them to prosper in a variety of situations with a broad range of academic skills essential to a rapidly changing and culturally diverse global society.
Gladys A. DeJesus
"After many years and places of professional experience, I can honestly say my years at Chowan have been the happiest and most productive. Here at Chowan, there is an atmosphere of great expectations and warm camaraderie that makes teaching and learning truly exciting and rewarding."
Gladys A. DeJesus received her B. A. degree in Economics from National University in the Dominican Republic. She received her M. A. degree and her Ph.D. degree in Economics from The Ohio State University. Gladys A. DeJesus came to work at Chowan in 1993.
- Managerial Economics
- International Business
- Money and Banking
- International Economics
Awards and Honors:
- Who's Who Among America's Teachers
- Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society
- Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
- Distinguished Alumna - National University, Dominican Republic
- Fulbright Scholarship
|David Edwin Ballew, Jr.
Associate Professor of History
Coordinator of Humanities Studies
Coordinator of the Chowan Tutoring Program
Chairman of the Department of History
“History is the torch that illuminates the past and helps us guard against repeating our past mistakes.”
David Edwin Ballew, Jr. received his B.A. degree in History from the University of North Alabama. He received his Master’s degree and his Ph.D. degree in History from the University of Mississippi. Ballew came to work at Chowan University in 2002.
- Discovering America
- Colonial and Revolutionary America
- Early National America
- Civil War and Reconstruction
- African American History
- US Constitutional History
"To me, Chowan University is an ideal place to learn because you can kick back with friends and a burger in the Hawks Nest, shoot some hoops in the Jenkins Center, delve into a good book in the library, or take a casual stroll across squirrel park. Our cozy campus is a great place to find friends, discover your potential, and define your future."
Steve Harders received his B.A. degree in Theatre Arts from Marycrest International University in Iowa. He received his Masters of Fine Art degree in Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University. Steve Harders came to work at Chowan University in 2003.
Voice and Articulation
| G. Kenneth Wolfskill
Distinguished Professor of English
Coordinator of American Studies
Chairman of the Department of Language and Literature
"I enjoy my teaching because it is, first, about language, and it is only through language that ideas and the mind can develop, and, second, it is about ideas and the thinking that occur to human beings in a conversation."
Kenneth Wolfskill received his B.S. degree in English from Samford University. He received his Master's degree in English from the University of Kentucky and his Ph.D. degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He did additional graduate study with the University of Florida. Kenneth Wolfskill came to work at Chowan University in 1973.
Introduction to Literature Studies
Young Adult Literature
British Romantic Poetry
Modern American Poetry