The Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDPs) at The University of Texas at Austin allow undergraduates to earn a certificate in one of 15 different interdisciplinary concentrations:
- Children & Society
- Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies
- Digital Arts & Media
- Environment & Sustainability
- Ethics & Leadership in Business
- Ethics & Leadership in Health Care
- Ethics & Leadership in Law, Politics & Government
- Ethics & Leadership in the Media
- Global Studies (no longer accepting applications as of Spring 2015)
- Human Rights & Social Justice
- Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship
- Media, Culture & Identities
- Public Policy
- Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
- Social Inequality, Health & Policy
The BDP concentrations represent areas of innovative faculty research, teaching, and collaboration at UT. Each program is guided by a cross-college panel of faculty members whose research relates to the BDP topic.
After completing 19 credit hours of coursework, research, and internship experiences, students earn a certificate demonstrating a secondary area of specialization that complements the major. By studying an issue from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, they become more flexible, versatile thinkers, prepared for a professional world that values collaboration and innovation. Students in the BDPs also gain access to unique research and internship experiences at UT and around the world, giving them hands-on experience applying what they have learned in the classroom.
Formed in 2002 by the Provost’s Office, the Bridging Disciplines Programs are now a program of the School of Undergraduate Studies, which provides a diverse set of programs and resources that traverse boundaries between colleges and disciplines and enhance the quality of undergraduate education.