Professor Dennis Washburn: "The best interdisciplinary courses are either team-taught by faculty from different fields, or actively highlight the knowledge produced by seeing directly how different disciplines approach a problem or ask a question"

21st-century problems don’t fall into traditional academic disciplines. Understanding how the brain processes language demands expertise in fields as diverse as philosophy and neuroscience while racial inequality is entwined with issues of economics, environmental studies, and gender studies. Dartmouth’s interdisciplinary programs combine with its distinctively flexible liberal arts curriculum to let you build your academic experience around the urgent problems you’re ready to solve.

Our Faculty of Interdisciplinary Programs Say

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Jacqueline Wernimont

"My research and teaching are broadly interdisciplinary and trans-historical (1600 to the present), and I focus on computational and digital media, exploring how we construct and consume both information and imaginative visions."

Learn more about Jacqueline Wernimont, the Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities and Social Engagement
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Jesse Shipley

"I trace the socio-historical emergence of a national, urban public culture in Ghana by examining the changing aesthetics of leadership. I am concerned with the indeterminate and uncertain nature of national rituals and ceremonies and how marginalized people contest public space and political participation."

Learn more about Jesse Shipley, the John D. Willard Professor of African and African American Studies and Oratory and Chair of Program
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Graziella Parati

“It’s the ability to understand that in other people’s stories there is your story, and through that, to be able to create communities."

Learn more about professor Graziella Parati, Professor of Comparative Literature, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Paul D. Paganucci Professor of Italian Language and Literature
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Michael Herron

"Among other things, the Program in Quantitative Social Science teaches students how to merge data from disparate sources and visualize statistical relationships. Showing trends within a graph is a straightforward and powerful way to understand a subject"

Learn more about Michael Herron, Remsen 1943 Professor of Government
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Yusaku Horiuchi

"The most recent paper that I have published with my co-authors here at Dartmouth is (on) what American people think about the Muslim travel ban, how American people react to this policy, how their reactions are influenced by the media frame and also how their reactions are conditional on whether or not there are many refugees in their area."

Learn more about Yusaku Horiuchi, Professor of Government, Mitsui Professor of Japanese Studies

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Dartmouth creates a rich academic culture imbued with critical thinking and creativity, one that promotes experimentation, reflection, learning, and leadership. But don't take our word for it. We asked our students to tell us about some of their favorite interdiciplinary courses.

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Interdisciplinary Alumni

Nobel laureates, government leaders, judges, scientists, writers, scholars, journalists, entertainers-Dartmouth alumni have distinguished themselves in all fields. Here are some notable alumni in the interdisciplinary fields making a difference in the world.

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Study Interdisciplinary Programs Off Campus

At Dartmouth, we have taken the traditional study abroad model, erased its boundaries, and expanded its parameters. Study abroad here is not an isolated semester in another country. Arranged through Dartmouth's Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education, these powerful learning experiences are enhanced through faculty mentorship. The curriculum and structure of the school year allow students to follow their research around the world.

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  • African and African American Studies

    Bachelor of Arts

    The interdisciplinary field of African and African American Studies (AAAS) provides an invaluable foundation in critical thinking, research, writing, and analysis—skills that form the core of a liberal arts education. The interdisciplinary nature of AAAS allows for a rich and challenging course of inquiry, benefiting students with interests in history, policy, culture, language, law, foreign affairs, and education, among other areas.

    The African and African American Studies Program at Dartmouth originated in 1969, making it one of the oldest programs of its kind in the nation. Utilizing innovative avenues of theoretical and empirical investigation, students explore questions and issues that shape the historical, social, political and cultural constructions and transformations of the African diaspora.

  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

    Bachelor of Arts

    Study in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) is interdisciplinary, and normally focused on one of the following areas: East Asia, the Middle East, and South/Southeast Asia. Depending on the amount of language incorporated into their programs, students in AMES may enter fields of journalism, trade, banking, and teaching without further study. Others may attend graduate school and pursue careers in medicine, law, international affairs, writing and academics.

    The Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program (AMES) at Dartmouth encourages students to design their majors around a geographical, cultural, or historical center. This is especially important for students who wish to combine extensive language study with knowledge of other disciplines. In consultation with a faculty advisor, each student designs a course of study that emphasizes one or more disciplines and a region of Eurasia.

  • Comparative Literature

    Bachelor of Arts

    Comparative Literature is an interdisciplinary program that promotes the comparative study of literatures in different languages and the study of the relationship between literature and other human activity. It pays attention to language and to the relationship between literature and other disciplines and practices, such as the visual and performing arts, philosophy, history, the social sciences, religion, and mathematics.

    Comparative Literature students at Dartmouth enjoy studying literature and culture from an array of critical perspectives. Among these are rhetoric and poetics, translation and reception, film theory and media studies, colonial and postcolonial studies, theories of ethnic and national identities, and gender and queer theory. Majors develop competence in at least one language other than their native language and work with original texts in more than one language.

  • Jewish Studies

    Minor in Jewish Studies

    Jewish Studies is an academic discipline that focuses on the historical and cultural experience of Jews throughout the world, as well as on Jewish thought, literature, and contemporary political and social issues. It includes ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary Jewish history, Jewish literature and linguistics in Hebrew, Yiddish, and the other Judaic languages, and also the study of Judaism and Jewish philosophy.

    Dartmouth’s program in Jewish Studies is a multi-disciplinary gathering of the various courses in Jewish history, religion, literature, and culture offered at the College. The department’s faculty are among the most highly respected scholars and teachers in the field. The Jewish Studies minor gives students an opportunity to do intensive work within the discipline. Those completing the minor are encouraged, but not required, to obtain at least a working knowledge of Hebrew.

  • Latin American, Latino, & Caribbean Studies

    Bachelor of Arts

    Latin American, Latino, & Caribbean Studies (LALACS) is a vibrant and expanding area of academic activity attracting scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including history, music, film and media studies, economics, languages, geography, politics, anthropology, international relations, sociology, and literature. LALACS studies important traditional topics like poverty, injustice, and inequality, but also exciting contemporary developments such as the indigenous resurgence across the region.

    Dartmouth’s interdisciplinary LALACS program consists of two separate tracks: Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) and Latino Studies (LATS).  LALACS alumni have pursued further education and also worked in business, education, and consulting--in both South America and the United States--in the fields of banking, investment, law, and in governmental and non-governmental agencies.

  • Linguistics

    Bachelor of Arts

    Linguistics is the study of language — not so much a specific language, but of the system of language and the way humans communicate. Topics integral to linguistics include the physiology of language, the physical properties of language, the roles that it plays in determining cultural and social categories, the relationship between language and thought, the underlying manner in which sentences are structured, the way language conveys meaning, and the manner in which other systems may imitate natural languages.

    The Program in Linguistics at Dartmouth offers a major and minor in Linguistics. Students may also modify another major with linguistics, or modify linguistics with another major. Students interested in linguistics should consult with a Linguistics faculty member in advance of major declaration in order to plan a program that suits their needs and interests.

  • Native American Studies

    Bachelor of Arts

    Native American Studies (NAS) strives to develop interdisciplinary teaching and research and increase understanding of the historical experiences, cultural traditions and innovations, and political status of Indian peoples in the United States and Canada.

    Dartmouth offers both a major and minor in Native American Studies. The NAS faculty consists of scholar-teachers with a broad range of expertise from diverse backgrounds, including Native faculty members from the United States and Canada and non-Native faculty from the United States, Russia, and Britain. The Native American Studies program attracts a varied body of students who bring their own perspectives to the classroom setting. Our students build upon their individual experiences and understandings in a shared learning environment. Many NAD alumni remain in close contact, returning each spring for the annual Dartmouth College Powwow.

  • Quantitative Social Science

    Bachelor of Arts

    Quantitative Social Science (QSS) is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with both technical skills—concentrated in statistics and computing—and a grounding in a social science. Prior to 2015, the program was called the Program in Mathematical Social Sciences.

    QSS brings together Dartmouth faculty and students who are interested in applying statistical, computational, and mathematical tools to social science questions. QSS offers undergraduates a minor and an honors major, both of which combine mathematical training with one or more of the social sciences. Through QSS, Dartmouth undergraduates can integrate the power of modern quantitative and computational methods with the substance of a social science discipline. QSS alumni have pursued career options ranging from university teaching to research, law, business, medicine, public service, and a variety of other careers.

  • Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

    Bachelor of Arts

    The academic discipline of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies informs the ongoing conversation in our society about gender equality. It gives students a theoretical base for a systematic analysis of the construction of gender and the historical, economic, political, social, and cultural experiences of women.

    Established in 1978, Dartmouth College’s Women’s Studies Program was the first such program in the formerly all-male Ivy League. Today, the interdisciplinary WGSS Program draws on resources from the Social Sciences, the Arts and Humanities, and the Sciences. The program offers a range of courses that have a central focus on gender or women, as well as an extensive list of associated courses offered by other departments and programs. Students in the program work closely with faculty members and have the opportunity to design their majors in consultation with the department Chair.