Mission Statement of Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST)
Interdisciplinary Studies provides a framework for supporting innovative, boundary-crossing inquiry among students and faculty across campus. To this end Interdisciplinary Studies coordinates the efforts of existing multidisciplinary programs and provides guidance and support as new programs are envisioned and established. Currently, IDST provides ten interdisciplinary stand-alone minors.
IDST is based on the idea that the boundaries between disciplines form a fertile ground for creative and innovative research. New knowledge grows in these fields that often does not fit easily into the standard demarcations of academic departments. Interdisciplinary scholarship asks questions that draw on established bodies of thought while reworking certain connections and concerns in order to explore vibrant and valuable new areas.
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