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What is Interdisciplinary Studies?

Interdisciplinary Studies offers classes in a wide variety of subject areas, from applied practice in media arts and technologies to the study of social, cultural, political and ethical issues involved in science and technology.

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STS Minor Program

The Interdisciplinary Studies program also offers four interdisciplinary Science, Technology and Society (STS) minors.

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Humanities and Interdisciplinary

Although the IS program seems fairly new, it has existed for years. Before reflecting a more interdisciplinary outlook, the IS program was known as Cal Poly's Humanities program.

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Why Interdisciplinary Studies?

What is the difference between interdisciplinary studies and a traditional approach to education? Although institutions will define these differences in their own ways, a traditional approach is usually defined by a disciplinary focus. For example, one may major in Communication Studies, History, or Philosophy. An interdisciplinary approach attempts to examine concepts, messages, and patterns across two or more of these disciplinary areas. Housed in the College of Liberal Arts, the Interdisciplinary Studies program provides Cal Poly students with opportunities to explore connections between and across traditional areas of academic inquiry. 

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