Overview 

Crossing intellectual barriers and making connections between different forms of evidence is at the heart of the major in Interdisciplinary Studies. This degree enables undergraduates, in conjunction with their academic advisor, to foster and develop personal interests and assemble a program of “clusters” of courses that do not fall either within The American University’s existing range of degree program options or under a single, conventional, academic heading. In particular, students are encouraged to take advantage of The American University’s unique situation in Rome, and utilize a wide range of the city’s resources. While building upon the objectives of the various departments, the students’ own tailor-made program promotes individualism, encourages bi-lateral thinking and research across a range of subjects.

Interdisciplinary Studies Degree: Major Requirements

Individual programs of study will be designed for each candidate for this major, in consultation with the academic advisor for Interdisciplinary Studies (the 30 credits must be at the upper-level). The individual program of study must have a clearly defined focus. 

Interdisciplinary studies will develop in each student the ability to:

  • Make meaningful and effective connections across disciplines.
  • Identify and incorporate discussions of cultural, political, artistic and religious diversity.
  • Critically analyze and evaluate alternative points of view.

Course requirements and further detail

For more in-depth information about this program and individual course requirements, please see our full catalog.