The interdisciplinary studies program offers students a high degree of flexibility in designing a program of study that cuts across disciplinary boundaries. Applicants to the master’s program can pursue one of two approaches — either a self-styled plan or a recognized concentration.
A recognized concentration provides more structure in the courses taken and is built around a defined interdisciplinary theme. For either approach, the degree awarded upon completion of the program is a Master of Arts or Master of Science with a major in interdisciplinary studies.
The Women's and Gender Studies concentration allows students to explore the role gender plays in the human experience. This degree option provides advanced training and skills for both the workplace and nonprofit organizations.
The courses are provided from a variety of disciplines as well as from the women’s studies program itself. This structure allows students to tailor their course work to their career goals and creates a wide network of faculty interaction across campus. Courses examine women’s roles, activities and experiences through history and across cultures. The program expands understanding of gender differences, cultural diversity and social change through critical analysis and community interaction.