The world and society are changing at an ever-accelerating pace as are the challenges presented by globalization and international culture. Solutions to the complex problems of the 21st century often require the integration of knowledge from many sources.
UMass Lowell's interdisciplinary programs cross the traditional boundaries between academic disciplines and schools of thought as new needs and questions emerge. Since most significant issues have multiple causes, interdisciplinary programs integrate a wide range of perspectives to provide a more comprehensive understanding.
Cultivating an interdisciplinary mindset is essential to the education of informed, engaged citizens and leaders who are capable of analyzing, evaluating and synthesizing information from multiple sources in order to reach informed decisions and develop effective solutions. UMass Lowell's interdisciplinary programs foster the essential skills of clear thinking, rational evaluation and critical self-reflection.
Interdisciplinary communication and critical thinking skills are in high demand by employers and community leaders. Increasingly businesses, government agencies, organizations and communities are forming cross-functional teams that work collaboratively to achieve their goals, from developing innovative products to offering new, comprehensive services.
UMass Lowell's undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary programs offer students the opportunity to understand multiple points of view on the same topic. For example, the subject of gender may appear differently when examined through lenses such as economics, politics, cultural context, or history. Students discover new dimensions of information and unique approaches.