About the Department
The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies provides a progressive, open model for an academic department that promotes creative and imaginative investigations of complex systems and problems. We support innovative scholarship and teaching that is responsive to changes in fields of study inside and outside of academia. We foster courses and programs of study that are engaged with the needs of global and local communities as well as social justice issues. We support new modes of teaching, learning, and research that cut across disciplinary boundaries and explore interstitial areas of concern. Our department recognizes the diversity of our students, faculty, staff, and community, and we cultivate diversity in our teaching, scholarship, and community engagement.
"There is one path in the world that none can walk but you. Where does it lead? Don't ask, walk!" — Nietzsche
The Appalachian Studies academic program, in partnership with the Center for Appalachian Studies, broadcasts the value of a deeper understanding of global mountain regions both as cultural and environmental settings.
GWS is an interdisciplinary academic field that critically engages beliefs, attitudes, assumptions and norms about gender, women and sexuality and their intersections with other axes of difference including race, ability, nationality and class.
Global Studies is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary academic program devoted to the understanding of historical, social, political, geographic, cultural and artistic dimensions of international, transnational and global processes.
IDS majors work with faculty to individually design a degree and select courses from across campus to achieve their goals. This degree is effective for students interested in emerging fields or who want to remain open to changing career plans.