Paideia

Interdisciplinary Learning

Paideia is Southwestern’s interdisciplinary approach to education, but what exactly is interdisciplinary learning?

The National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine define interdisciplinary research as “a mode of research by teams or individuals that integrates information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, and/or theories from two or more disciplines or bodies of specialized knowledge to advance fundamental understanding or to solve problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline or area of research practice” (Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research, p. 26).

Interdisciplinary Learning in Action

Check out these stories to see Southwestern students and faculty’s interdisciplinary approach to learning. 


  • Shakespeare across Time, Languages, and Disciplines

    Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola and Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger coordinated a seminar on translating Shakespeare at an international conference in Rome.

  • Baroque Economic Beauty

    Southwestern undergraduates explore the beauty of global economics through artful data visualization.

  • The Science and Art of Salamanders

    Kira McEntire ’13 explores creative expression while teaching and researching wildlife biology.

  • Southwestern Alum and Math Faculty Win Prizes for Coauthored Paper

    Robert Lehr ’15 and Professor of Mathematics Fumiko Futamura receive the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award