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).