Interdisciplinary studies broadly encompass approaches to topics and the creation of knowledge through the application of methods and structures not confined by traditional academic boundaries.
UBC cultivates the development of interdisciplinary approaches through this undergraduate program, the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program, and through research initiatives like the Research Excellence Clusters organized by UBC Research + Innovation.
About the Arts Interdisciplinary Studies Program
The Arts Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST) program allows students to build a unique BA program around a central thematic or topical focus not covered by existing programs to pursue their individual academic and professional goals.
A student-designed program may be appropriate as preparation for advanced study in a wide range of professional fields, such as Journalism, Law, Library/Information Studies, Business, or even some health professions, including Counselling.
Many graduate study programs expect applicants to have the specialized knowledge that comes from a degree in their specific field. Students who are considering eventually applying to graduate school should keep this in mind before applying to enter the IDST program.
Dr. Clayton Ashton, Chair