Transdisciplinary Studies Program

Letter from the Interim Director:

"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
CGU Transdisciplinary Program


Since 2005, we have offered over 80 transdisciplinary courses. These courses introduce students to the practices of transdisciplinary inquiry and foster collaborations across fields and schools that would not necessarily occur in traditional single-discipline courses. Our current course offerings are:

Transdisciplinary Course Requirements for PhD Students

Grants and Fellowships

Annual grants and fellowships that promote transdisciplinary research, scholarship, and dissertations.

Hillcrest Research Awards

Ph.D. Students:
Transdisciplinary Dissertation Awards

Kozmetsky Scholars Awards

Students & Faculty:
Transdisciplinary Studies Reading Group Awards

Contact.  Email:  –  Phone: 909-607-0724