Interdisciplinary studies is an expanding, exciting academic area in which students study, conduct research, and do creative work in subject areas that span multiple traditional academic disciplines. It has developed out of recognition that responses to complex problems and challenges require a combination of the intellectual tools available from a wide range of academic disciplines. Students with interdisciplinary studies backgrounds are well-prepared for the fluidly changing realities of the professional world as well as future study in an ever more interdisciplinary academic arena.
The Interdisciplinary Studies Department provides a number of major, minor, and concentration programs for students interested in subjects that span multiple traditional academic disciplines. The growing list includes the following options:
- Self-designed interdisciplinary major of Liberal Studies
- Minors (18 credits) in African and African Diaspora Studies; Asian Studies; Ethnic Studies; and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- Concentrations (15 credits) in Environmental and Sustainability Studies; Ethnic Studies; Global Studies; and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Some courses in these areas are offered by the Interdisciplinary Studies Department, while many other courses are offered in other departments across the university’s curriculum. Worcester State’s Student Planning platform allows students to search for all courses offered in a given semester in a specific program.
Student-athletes will compete to raise cancer awareness on Pink Out Day
On Saturday, April 1, the Worcester State Athletics Department will be hosting its first Rosen Cancer Awareness Pink Out Games with three home games to raise cancer awareness and funding. The baseball, softball and women’s lacrosse games will begin game action at noon and the teams will wear specially designed jerseys. All students, alumni, faculty […]
Professors challenge corporate takeover of International Women’s Day
A series of striking black-and-white images passed across the screen, showing a variety of famous women, including Lady Gaga and Malala Yousafzai, working on their Apple laptops in home offices, recording studios, and luxurious apartments while Beyoncé sang, “Ladies, tell them, ‘I woke up like this.’” This video—an Apple commercial made for International Women’s Day […]
Worcester State community comes together for the first Wellness Expo
Students, faculty, and community members gathered in the Competition Gym Feb. 16, to learn about a variety of health and wellness programs and opportunities at the university’s first Wellness Expo. The event’s main focus was to spread awareness about cancer and other health conditions, and was sponsored by the Rosen Cancer Awareness Fund. The Rosen […]
Empty Bowls fundraiser Feb. 22 addresses food insecurity
You can take a bite out of student hunger by visiting the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser Feb. 22 in the exhibit area of the Student Center. The event includes a soup lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with proceeds benefiting Thea’s Pantry on the Worcester State University campus, as well as the Chandler Magnet […]
University’s first Wellness Expo kicks off February 16
Worcester State University’s first Wellness Expo promoting cancer awareness and overall wellness will be held on Thursday, February 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wellness Center’s Competition Gym. More than 30 exhibitors will be at the event providing information and resources to attendees. All university community members are welcome to attend. The […]
With new staff, Career Services revamps student programs and resources
Melisa Alves, Career Services director at Worcester State University, is hoping students won’t do what she did. “In college, I didn’t go to my Career Services office until I was a senior and, looking back now, I could have used that support tremendously as there were resources there that I could have used that I […]
New prayer and meditation space opens for students.
Worcester State has a new space where students can focus on religious faith in a safe, quiet setting. The Campus Ministry Prayer and Meditation Lounge, which opened in November in room 236 in the Learning Resource Center, offers a homey lounge area and a smaller room where students can meditate and pray in private. […]
Music students to present their fall 2022 work in “Mosaic of Music” and WSU Jazz performances
The Visual and Performing Arts Department offers the community multiple opportunities to enjoy musical performances this week on campus. Worcester State Jazz will deliver its semiannual concert at 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2022 in Sullivan Auditorium, while later that evening, Worcester State students will showcase their work from fall 2022 semester lessons with […]