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Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Tufts University

Medford - Somerville Campus, Medford, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
    =312
  • Degree Other
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Duration 48 months
An interdisciplinary major requires a high degree of both independent initiative and self-discipline from the student. The Interdisciplinary Studies major draws on courses from at least two of the following six areas of study: humanities, arts, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics (quantitative), and engineering, plus a senior-year thesis project chosen to integrate the student’s program. The thesis topic should therefore not be one which could be done within a regular departmental program. Rather, it represents a separate field of study with an identifiable methodology appropriate to the topic. An interdisciplinary major is not a fallback or a substitute for those who cannot decide on a major, nor is it necessarily a way of creating a major that at present does not exist at Tufts. Rather, it is a serious undertaking for the student who is committed to blending disciplines in a way that is demonstrably relevant to an identifiable area of intellectual inquiry. Learning Objectives: Competencies: Identifying, understanding and framing issues and problems (whether of global or more local significance) outside of a single, discipline-based inquiry. Formulating an interdisciplinary perspective on said issue/problem. Competency in designing an intellectually sound plan to integrate disciplines in order to address said issue/problem in an original, cogent and compelling way. Demonstrating this competency, originality and cogency in a final-year project and/or thesis In addition, an Interdisciplinary Studies student will demonstrate: Independent initiative and self-disciplines His/her unique intellectual interests and ability to pursue them in a dedicated and productive fashion 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.