Overview/Areas of Interdisciplinary Study/Courses
Interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship cross boundaries between academic disciplines or schools of thought to expand traditional limits on knowledge and to address new and emerging challenges. The epidemiology of AIDS and the dynamics of climate change, for example, require the insights and resources of multiple disciplines. The Whitworth 2021 strategic plan emphasizes interdisciplinary studies as essential to a comprehensive and relevant liberal arts education and to subsequent vocational service and success.
Interdisciplinary studies at Whitworth entail a range of offerings, including academic majors, minors and signature shared curriculum courses such as Core 150, 250 and 350. Several of these areas of study incorporate significant programmatic and co-curricular elements such as events, speakers and leadership/service opportunities.
American Studies, History Emphasis
Peace Studies, Political Science Emphasis
Students who wish to integrate related courses from a variety of academic disciplines have the option of declaring an area of concentration in lieu of choosing a departmental major. Here are the guidelines for an area of concentration:
- You must declare the area of concentration before the first semester of your junior year or be a transfer senior.
- Your AOC must involve an in-depth study in one topical area.
- Be sure your AOC reflects an integration of disciplines into one topic.
- Be prepared to meet the AOC requirement of 40-60 credits.
- Remember that your AOC must be at least as rigorous as a departmental program.
- If your AOC involves teacher certification, you must clear it through the School of Education.
- Keep in mind that your AOC cannot include more than four independent studies.
- Be sure to include one writing-intensive course in your AOC.
Dean of Arts and Sciences