Interdisciplinary minors provide students with opportunities to learn and apply modes of inquiry essential to multiple interrelated disciplines. Special emphases are placed on writing fluency, an essential skill for collegiate success as well as throughout life; on diversity and the study of foreign cultures, where students gain an appreciation of the uniqueness of each such culture as reflected in its language and history as well as the many traditions that make up our multicultural heritage; and on an understanding of the forces, figures and events that shape our world.
Interrelating sciences, mathematics and analytical processes train students to reason logically and think critically in both quantitative and qualitative modes. Moreover, direct experience in science for non-scientists through experience in both the lecture hall and the laboratory is an essential part of the preparation of informed citizens, who will be called on increasingly in the future to understand the complex issues of science and technology relative to the risks and benefits of its applications.
Interdisciplinary minors involve philosophical inquiry and awareness regarding issues of fundamental human importance. Some grasp of the nature of humankind and the criteria for knowledge and for making moral decisions fosters the essential lifetime skills of clear thinking, rational evaluation and critical self-reflection.
Interdisciplinary minors in the Social Sciences provide opportunities for inquiry into human behavior and its possibilities and limitations. Comparative studies in art history, literature, music history, and the humanities deepen understanding and appreciation of aesthetic, cultural, and ethical values both to our own culture and the culture of others.