Interdisciplinary Study

“It was an initiation into the love of learning, of learning how to learn . . . as a matter of interdisciplinary cognition - that is, learning to know something by its relation to something else.”
~ Leonard Bernstein 
The College of Humanities and Fine Arts offers many exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary study.

For students. Interdisciplinary programs allow you to combine interests, such as art and science, which are traditionally kept separate. Students with multiple academic passions will find that interdisciplinary majors allow for flexibility and innovation.

Minors and certificates are also a way to cross disciplinary boundaries. An interdisciplinary minor or certificate can demonstrate that you are a versatile thinker and it can be a valuable addition to your major when it comes time to apply to professional or graduate schools, or when seeking employment.

For faculty. Interdisciplinary programs allow faculty from different departments to network and collaborate. With its interdisciplinary centers, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts encourages faculty interaction across fields.

For an overview of interdisciplinary programs in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, click here.

To request that an interdisciplinary program be added to one of the above rubrics, click here.

Interdisciplinary Study Alum: Nashira Baril

Nashira Baril is the Director of the CDC-funded REACH US New England Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities at the Boston Public Health Commission. As a member of several community advisory boards and the National Coalition for Health Equity, Nashira has focused her career on moving local and national efforts towards the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities. Nashira earned her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies (now Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies) and Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2001 and her Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University in 2006. In 2006 she was selected as one of 20 emerging leaders in community health to participate in the Massachusetts Institute for Community Health Leadership of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. In early 2008, Nashira was honored by the Boston Celtics as “A Hero Among Us” for her leadership and strides to improve community health.