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Interdisciplinary Programs

Interdisciplinary programs at Central Michigan University draw from two or more academic disciplines and emphasize integrative learning, critical thinking and creative problem solving.  Because these programs are centered on the unique ways in which these disciplines interact, students develop into broad-minded professionals ready to address some of today’s most important issues, and make a valued contribution in our rapidly changing world.

Each of CMU’s interdisciplinary programs is carefully designed by an interdisciplinary council of faculty, including some of the university’s distinguished and award-winning professors.  These faculty members formally embrace the creative and innovative interdisciplinary approach to answering questions, solving problems and addressing contemporary issues from multiple perspectives. The guidelines for creating interdisciplinary programs can be found in the Curriculum Authority Document (CAD), Appendix D. In completing the Interdisciplinary Council bylaws, refer to the procedures and ensure the approval form is submitted with your bylaws. Bylaws for CMU's interdisciplinary councils are available here.

More than 20 undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary programs available at CMU prepare students for careers in the natural sciences, social sciences, communications and multi-media, education, humanities and much more.  We invite you to view the complete listing of interdisciplinary programs available at CMU in the undergraduate and graduate bulletins.


Interdisciplinary programs draw from two or more academic disciplines that work together to create a powerful learning experience and emphasize integrative learning, critical thinking, and creative problem solving.

Through interdisciplinary studies, students:

  • Discover the value of integrating the study of various academic disciplines suited to their life-long interests.
  • Learn creative solutions to some of today's most challenging problems.
  • Become interdisciplinary thinkers who analytically and creatively embraces new ideas.
  • Develop collaboration skills while working with others who have different perspectives.
  • Are prepared for graduate and professional study, and for careers in new and emerging fields.