Welcome to Interdisciplinary Studies

Through UNC Asheville’s interdisciplinary concentrations, students are able to pursue interesting and challenging areas of study that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries. These concentrations formally recognize the importance of incorporating different disciplinary and intellectual approaches and perspectives in understanding and explaining the challenging questions, issues, and phenomena confronting us today in our globalized world.

Interdisciplinary concentrations offer students the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to synthesize and integrate ideas, perspectives, and theories related to these areas of study. An interdisciplinary major encourages students to look beyond conventional understandings and explanations and to seek out and make explicit the assumptions of disciplinary theories.

A Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies can be earned in one of three ways: with a major concentration in (1) International Studies (2) Ethics and Social Institutions or (3) an Individual Degree Concentration. The Interdisciplinary Studies program also offers minor concentrations in Asian Studies, International Studies, Neuroscience, Latin American & Transatlantic Studies, U.S. Ethnic Studies and Legal Studies, to complement majors in other departments and disciplines.