The Interdepartmental Studies major was designed to offer flexibility for liberal arts students who felt that the requirements of traditional departmental majors did not meet their academic objectives. These students may seek out faculty members with interdisciplinary interests for suggestions in preparing plans of study or for assistance and mentoring in independent study or honors projects. These faculty members contribute their expertise and their enthusiasm for interdisciplinary projects.
Research and Creative Production in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
As part of a top-tier, AAU-accredited public research university, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences holds scholarly, scientific, and artistic discovery at the heart of our mission.
Throughout our departments and programs, our professors are at the forefront of their disciplines. They bring their world-class research and artistry into their classrooms, studios, and labs, giving students the unparalleled opportunity to learn right from the source of the latest innovations in knowledge and practice.
Graduate students and many undergraduates work side-by-side with faculty members, conducting breakthrough research and creative production that advances humanity’s understanding of ourselves and the complex, ever-changing world in which we live.
The creation of knowledge and understanding is an exhilarating and never-ending mission—and is at the core of every University of Iowa liberal arts and sciences education.