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Arts and Sciences Learning Objectives

Interdisciplinary Studies


  1. Identifying, understanding and framing issues and problems (whether of global or more local significance) outside of a single, discipline-based inquiry.
  2. Formulating an interdisciplinary perspective on said issue/problem.
  3. Competency in designing an intellectually sound plan to integrate disciplines in order to address said issue/problem in an original, cogent and compelling way, including formulating appropriate research questions and designing methodologies or creative expressions that address the salient questions.
  4. Demonstrating this competency, originality and cogency in a final-year project and/or thesis

In addition, an Interdisciplinary Studies student will demonstrate:

  1. Independent initiative and self-disciplines
  2. His/her unique intellectual interests and ability to pursue them in a dedicated and productive fashion
  3. His/her understanding of the complexity of issues and problems and his/her ability to construct and pursue a cutting-edge methodology in their articulation.

Assessment Measures:

  • Final-year project/thesis (faculty reviewed)
  • End of spring semester collective workshop (with students and faculty mentors)
  • Feedback (focus group orientation

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