In choosing to pursue a degree in Liberal Studies, students recognize the advantage of an interdisciplinary approach to research. Instead of adhering to the theories and methodologies of a single academic discipline (e.g., history, physics, political science), interdisciplinary research integrates the "knowledge domains" of two or more disciplines to achieve a more holistic understanding of a problem or phenomenon—an understanding that is only possible by combining disciplinary perspectives.
Interdisciplinary scholarship values the disciplines, and indeed cannot exist without them. However, to effectively address complex issues, integrating the insights, concepts, and methodologies and practical tools of multiple disciplines into an interdisciplinary approach is necessary. To learn more about the characteristics of interdisciplinary writing and research, view the handout linked below.