Why Transdisciplinary Studies?
Globalization, specialization, and the complex nature of community and world problems has heightened the need to provide students with an education that enables them to work collaboratively across multiple fields of study and develop the habits of life-long learning. To meet this need, Claremont Graduate University has developed the Transdisciplinary Studies Program.
At CGU, transdisciplinarity is an approach to problem-centered research and teaching that draws upon the ideas and methods of multiple disciplines and extends our knowledge beyond any single discipline-specific domain to create new, integrative, and transformative solutions.
Claremont Graduate University has placed the Transdisciplinary Studies Program at the center of its research and teaching. Doctoral students are required to take a transdisciplinary course in order to experience the collaborative and cross-disciplinary nature of such work. CGU offers customized interfield and dual degree programs; Reading/Working Groups; Transdisciplinary Dissertation Awards; Transdisciplinary Research Awards for CGU faculty members; and a variety of on-campus events. Find out more about the Transdisciplinary Studies Department by clicking on the links at top.
* with permission of Professor Dan Stokols
“Transdisciplinarity is the intellectual signature of CGU”
We recognize the global demand for our graduates to think across disciplines and other knowledge boundaries. We acknowledge the growing expectation for flexible thinkers and problem solvers who have skills that transfer readily across academic disciplines as well as across sectors of employment.
Transdisciplinarity is a way of thinking and doing. Researchers must be free to follow a problem across disciplinary boundaries; they must be open to collaboration and innovation, drawing on the concepts and methods of other disciplines and creating new approaches to problems; and they must always ask how their creation of knowledge impacts our understanding of humanity's most thorny problems.
--Patricia Easton, Interim Director