Gateway Course

Between classes in Rowe
In between classes in Rowe

Every semester we offer a one-credit course, UNIV 2600 Individualized Study Across Academic Disciplines, that serves as a “gateway” to the individualized major program. It is designed to promote the skills you need to create your own interdisciplinary major and provide a venue in which you can prepare your proposal.

Focusing on your own areas of interest, you will:

  • Explore the different ways in which academic knowledge can be organized, such as the traditional categories of the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
  • Analyze the key features of the disciplines relevant to your major.
  • Develop a plan of study and statement of purpose.
  • Formulate strategies for integrating knowledge across disciplines.

You will explore these themes by analyzing TED Talks on such issues as the disappearance of bees and by delving into multidisciplinary approaches to understanding the origins of prejudice and discrimination or trends in migration.

We recommend this course for first-year students, sophomores, and first-semester juniors interested in the individualized major. It is open by permission number only. Please contact us for more information.