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Academics: School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

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.

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies - Faculty

Gladys A. DeJesus

Gladys A. DeJesus
Distinguished Professor of Economics
Coordinator of Social Sciences
Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

2010-2011 Faculty Advisor of the Year!

2002 Excellence in Teachning Award!

"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 came to work at Chowan in 1993.


  • Ph.D. degree in Economics from Ohio State University
  • M. A. degree in Econimics from Ohio State University
  • B. A. degree in Economics from National University in the Dominican Republic

Courses Taught:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • 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



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David Edwin Ballew, Jr. 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.”

Ballew came to work at Chowan University in 2002.


  • Ph.D. degree in History, University of Mississippi
  • Master’s degree in History, University of Mississippi
  • B.A. degree in History, University of North Alabama

Courses Taught:

  • Discovering America
  • Colonial and Revolutionary America
  • Early National America
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • African American History
  • US Constitutional History

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Steven Harders

Steven Harders
Assistant Professor of Communication and Drama

2009 Excellence in Teaching Award!

"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 came to work at Chowan University in 2003.


  • Masters of Fine Art degree in Directing from
    Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.A. degree in Theatre Arts from Marycrest International
    University in Iowa

Courses Taught:

  • Public Speaking
  • Drama Appreciation
  • Voice and Articulation
  • Theatre Production
  • Performance I

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