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Interdisciplinary Social Science Program

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

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Interdisciplinary Social Science is a discipline in itself. Our world is highly interdisciplinary. To one degree or another, solutions to social, political, intellectual, and economic problems do not lie in a single focus. The ISS program provides a background for approaching issues holistically through an understanding of the complexity and interconnectedness of public affairs and the needs of civil society.

Our students are encouraged to apply a broad spectrum of perspectives to specific public policies and social actions. They are guided to identify an interdisciplinary “discipline” that draws on various fields of research and practical application (e.g., economics, sociology, political science, geography, urban planning, etc.) as they choose from several flexible options to pursue their individual interests.


ISS offers Liberal Studies Formative Experience academic credit for internship experience. Eligibility for academic credit is determined on a case by case basis. For more information visit Interdisciplinary Internship Credit.