Interdisciplinarity at Union College
Interdisciplinarity allows creative educational opportunities through combining two or more academic disciplines. Indeed, often boundaries are pushed and new discoveries made at the margins of established field and research methods. Union College recognizes the rich possibilities of interdisciplinary studies by offering many opportunities for both faculty and students to engage with multiple disciplines - and each other - in collaborative classroom settings, innovative majors, and unique research initiatives.
Interdisciplinary Degree Programs
Vibrant interdisciplinary studies (IS) can be pursued through a variety of designated degree programs at Union College. Students are able to major and/or minor in our many Interdisciplinary Studies Programs (ISP) in wide-ranging topics from Film Studies to Science, Medicine and Technology in Culture (see complete listing of programs to the left). In addition to the formal interdisciplinary studies programs, students may complete an Interdepartmental major (ID), which typically involves taking a reduced number of courses from the full major within two Departments or Programs. Please consult the specific departmental and program listings for details on creating a combined ID major. If students have a specific interdisciplinary interest that is not covered by any of these options, they are also able to create an Organizing Theme major (OT) of their own design, drawing from multiple departments and programs. Finally, Union College partners with several other institutions to offer accelerated dual-degree programs in engineering, business, law, education, Latin American Studies, and medicine (see listing of dual degree programs to the left).