The University of Maine at Farmington offers a variety of concentrations in Interdisciplinary Studies. Each is an innovative academic program that bridges the traditional boundaries between academic disciplines and different schools of thought.
Unlike other majors, which tend to be focused within a single subject area, our Interdisciplinary Studies concentrations blend methods and insights from several fields of study.
For example, students in the Interdisciplinary program in Environmental Planning & Policy examine contemporary resource issues from disciplines such as biology, chemistry, economics, geography and political science, recognizing that policy makers must draw on research from all of these areas. Students in Business Psychology graduate with skills in Business, Economics and Psychology, a combination that's ideal for emerging jobs in human resources, management, labor relations, marketing, and more.
Interdisciplinary Studies also includes an exciting option for students who want to design their own major — a concept that's unheard of at many colleges. It's something we call an Individualized concentration.
Working closely with their faculty advisor, students in this program put together a unique course of study that is thematically integrated (for example, students have designed their own program of studies in things like American Studies, Human Nature and Human Behavior, Mass Communication/Environmental Health, Economic Development and Globalization, Environmental Sustainability and more) but organized in a way that accommodates a diversity of coursework.
Farmington's Interdisciplinary concentrations have been developed to meet the needs of today's and tomorrow's economy and to serve students who are looking for flexibility.