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About MAIS - Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Building on the success of the undergraduate program, the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (SIAS) offers a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.

The graduate courses offer opportunities to pursue concrete questions of interest across a wide range of fields, spanning the humanities, social sciences and environmental sciences, with special emphasis on the relation of knowledge to public action.

Contact the graduate program advisor for more information.

What are Interdisciplinary Studies?

The program integrates the sociology of knowledge, philosophy, social and political theory, history, cultural studies, anthropology and systems theory to shed light on domains of public action. Our concept of interdisciplinary studies is founded on a recognition that our experience of phenomena--such as the public problems of poverty, violence, social justice or environmental degradation--do not come in neatly bounded, disciplinary or professional packages. While disciplinary divisions of labor are convenient and necessary to the efficient pursuit of in-depth knowledge, the application of that knowledge in the sphere of public action requires a broader re-integration with the rich, multidisciplinary dimensions and complexities of actual situations.

Read more about the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program here!