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.