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Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

Interested in creating your own path? The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS) is a catalyst for innovation and experimentation for both faculty and students across disciplines to nurture and cultivate a wide-range of teaching and programs consistent with a liberal arts curriculum. The center promotes interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teaching at the College and is an integral part of a liberal arts education.

The Center’s programs fall into two categories: 1) multidisciplinary academic curricular programs, such as the student-designed multidisciplinary majors and minors program, and the multidisciplinary concentrations, all of which enable students to address important issues with the methods and perspectives of multiple disciplines; 2) off-campus educational opportunities in Washington, D.C., and the Worcester area, which link learning and living, combining rigorous academic course work with community-based internship opportunities. CIS brings innovative courses into the College curriculum in support of its programs that are not offered by other departments.

Program Highlights

Through the liberal arts tradition, students can choose to design their own major or minor. Students can also pursue the following concentrations, which are comparable to departmental minors: Africana Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies. Students can participate in the following living and learning programs: Washington Semester Program, Academic Internship Program and Semester Away Program.