Department of Interdisciplinary Studies / ISP

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies / ISP

Interdisciplinarity begins with the belief that all knowledge is interrelated, that the world outside the classroom is not split into disciplines; rather, that historical events, cultural movements, social phenomena and intellectual endeavor are multi-dimensional, stretching from, touching on and influencing all forms of understanding, modes of behavior, and types and styles of thought.  While wars are military events, for example, they are also political, historical, economic, artistic, scientific, cultural, social, medical, psychological, technological, legal and philosophical events.  By combining, juxtaposing and/or collapsing traditional academic disciplines, interdisciplinarity aims to gain a fuller and richer sense of the world.

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies is home to the Interdisciplinary Studies Program (ISP), the Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies, Gender Studies and the Vera Fellows Program.

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