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.