Program Description

The Interdisciplinary Studies Programs at CSUB allow students to examine concepts, issues, and perspectives that cross traditional boundaries of study, and to combine elements of distinct disciplines in a unique way. Currently, students can choose to specialize in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, or choose from available specializations in Ethnic and Area Studies; or, working closely with faculty coordinators, a student can craft a unique field of study that combines correlated studies in two or more fields to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Goals and Objectives

Goal I: Students will develop broad, integrative knowledge.

1.1 Students will analyze complex issues, which integrate foundational knowledge, values, and methods from two or more disciplines.

Goal II: Students will develop cross-disciplinary skills.

2.1 Students will communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in and across disciplinary styles and for various audiences and contexts.

2.2 Students will, as individual researchers/scholars as well as in collaboration with others, solve or creatively respond to a current complex problem drawing on two or more disciplinary approaches.

Goal III: Students will apply an interdisciplinary approach to an area of specialization.

 3.1 Ethnic Studies students will compare and contrast the experiences of different ethnic groups in the United States and/or abroad.

3.2 Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies students will apply feminist and other critical perspectives to examine the ways that gender intersects with race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, nation