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Transdisciplinary Program

Solutions to today's complex problems require successful collaboration across disciplines. CGU Created the Transdisciplinary Studies Program in 2005 to help students:

  • Draw upon the ideas and methods of multiple disciplines.
  • Create new, integrative, and transformative solutions.
  • Solve complex global problems.


146 classes since 2003 have enabled students to collaborate across multiple fields of study and develop habits of lifelong learning.

Recent Classes:

View the Transdisciplinary Course Requirements for PhD Students.


Four ways to get connected to transdisciplinary people, projects and scholarship.



Grants and Fellowships

$152,500 in 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

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

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