When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe. —John Muir, 1911
Before the Internet, and before what we now view as a common idea that we are part of a global universe, naturalist John Muir pointed out the interdisciplinarity of knowledge. That is, knowledge is multi-faceted—an intricate web—and so too are situations, challenges, and problems we encounter in life. These can best be understood and addressed through the study of various bodies of knowledge as offered in the Interdisciplinary Studies program.
Whether we are concerned with global climate changes, geo-political affairs, human rights, medical and educational opportunities, religion, consumerism, or individual destiny, we benefit from engagement with multiple perspectives to bring about understanding and solutions to problems.
Students in Interdisciplinary Studies have the opportunity to learn from multiple disciplines and a wide-range of specific content, and to develop rich and varied methods of critical thinking.
Interdisciplinary Studies provide:
- Ideas and lessons learned across the disciplines that promote practical and transferable skills;
- Knowledge and diversity of perspectives to deal with complex and changing global issues; and
- A variety of analytic tools useful in resolving real-world problems
Through such study, students will develop increasingly complex toolkits of knowledge and theory with which to better respond to problems and issues, make sonnections, and work collaboratively.
These skills are sought after in many contexts including:
- Graduate and professional schools
- Employers from non-profits to global conglomerates
- Political and Research institutions