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Interdisciplinary Social Science Program

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

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Our world is highly complex. An interdisciplinary orientation to the social sciences allows students to pursue a holistic study of the complex issues and problems facing the social world. The ISS program provides a foundation for a multidisciplinary understanding of the complexity and interconnectedness of social issues and the needs of civil society.

Our students are encouraged to apply a 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 as they choose from several flexible options to pursue their individual interests.

Mission Statement
The Interdisciplinary Social Science program engenders individually-driven social goals that guide student vision and learning attainment. We do this by promoting academic freedom and teaching intellectual capacities that support innovation and collaboration through interdisciplinary curriculum and experiential engagement. We focus our efforts on providing an environment which promotes holistic understandings of complex social dynamics through the integration of various disciplinary, social, economic and political perspectives. Through student-centered teaching and purpose-driven advising, we cultivate conscious multidisciplinary dexterity and an integrative vision of complex social phenomena.

The Interdisciplinary Social Science degree can be attained through several academic plans. Academic plans can be focused in flexible multidisciplinary academic plans, or through structured specializations. Specialized areas of study support a structured multidisciplinary plan of study related to specific interest areas.

Specializations

Certificate Program

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.