Spring 2021 Update
The Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDPs) remain committed to supporting current and prospective BDP students during these challenging times. We will offer BDP services, including advising for current students and information sessions for prospective students, on a remote basis. Please see the Information Sessions and Advising for Current Students sections of our website for additional details. If you have questions or need support, please email us.
Bridging Disciplines Programs
The Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDPs) at The University of Texas at Austin allow undergraduates to develop a secondary area of specialization that complements their major. To earn a BDP certificate, students must complete 19 credit hours combining interdisciplinary coursework with hands-on research, internship, or creative experiences.
We offer certificates in 16 different interdisciplinary concentrations.
As an undergraduate UT student, you can benefit from earning a BDP certificate in many ways:
- Become a more flexible, versatile thinker, and prepare for a professional world that values interdisciplinary perspectives, innovation, and collaboration
- Enhance your degree by completing a certificate that complements and enhances your major, that will demonstrate an additional area of specialization on resumes and graduate school applications, and that will be recognized on your official transcript
- Engage in research and internship experiences that will set you apart from your peers and give you unique opportunities related to your interests
- Have the opportunity to apply for BDP scholarships to help fund research and internship experiences
- Gain access to excellent, individualized advising with BDP academic advisors who are familiar with faculty and courses across campus that relate to your interests
- Develop valuable relationships with faculty across campus who are experts in your BDP area