The Interdisciplinary Studies Program at CSUB allows students to examine concepts, issues, and perspectives that cross traditional boundaries of study, and to combine elements of distinct disciplines in a unique way. CSUB offers three Interdisciplinary Studies concentrations: 1) General Studies where students create their own program of study drawing on at least two different departments; 2) Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and 3) Ethnic and Area Studies.
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, 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