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Mission Statement

The Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDPs) support students in becoming versatile thinkers who are able to bring the perspectives, tools, and skills of multiples disciplines to bear on complex issues and questions. The programs are designed to teach students:

  • Disciplinary and interdisciplinary awareness
    Students will learn about the tools and perspectives offered by different disciplines, as well as about the benefits and challenges of bringing these perspectives together to study a given topic.
  • Integrative thinking and hands-on application of knowledge and skills
    Students will develop their ability to think comparatively, to transfer knowledge and skills from one context to another, and to apply what they learn in the classroom in hands-on research or internship experiences.
  • Individual reflection and self-assessment
    Students will be supported in reflecting on their interests, strengths, and goals, and in making the most of the wealth of resources available at UT Austin for them to pursue their goals.