"Transcending the boundaries of traditional academic departments."
Employers consistently indicate that they are seeking students who have, "the capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, solve complex problems, can demonstrate practical skills that span all areas of study." In answer to this challenge, The College of Arts and Sciences, through its Interdisciplinary Studies Program, offers specific opportunities to study and gain experience in some of today's biggest challenges and most exciting fields; international studies, environmental studies, differing cultures and religious beliefs, emergency management and gender and race. These areas of study have been intentionally designed to explore new ways of looking at the world through coursework that crosses academic traditional academic majors and provides hands-on opportunities for research, field experience, and internships. These interdisciplinary programs can be chosen as a major field or added as specialized programs to compliment another major field of study.
In addition to these specific academic programs and as part of its mission to promote interdisciplinary studies, The College also coordinates the work of five academic institutes and research centers.