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The Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDPs) at The University of Texas at Austin allow undergraduates to earn a certificate in one of 16 different interdisciplinary concentrations:

Children & Society

  • Explores the development of children and the social forces that impact them, focusing on topics such as Adolescence; Children and Health; Children, Media, and the Arts; Children and Public Policy; and more.

Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies

  • Promotes conflict resolution in interpersonal, institutional, societal, and global contexts. In addition to a BDP certificate, students earn a certificate in conflict mediation.

Design Strategies

  • Accepting applications spring 2018. Pending final approval by UT Austin, the University of Texas System, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Teaches students to apply a multidisciplinary framework for human-centered design thinking in order to solve product, systems, service, and social problems.

Digital Arts & Media

  • Explores the use of computer technology and production techniques to create digital art. Students develop skills in areas such as gaming, animation, computer-generated music, and interactive media.

Environment & Sustainability

  • Examines a variety of disciplinary approaches to environmental processes and contemporary environmental issues, including sustainability, conservation, food and natural resource management, media, and policy.

Ethics & Leadership in Business

  • Examines issues of morality applicable to business people and organizations. Topic areas may include corporate social responsibility, ethical leadership, conflicts of interest, organizational culture, and consumer protection.

Ethics & Leadership in Health Care

  • Study of ethical issues in health care policy, administration, and delivery. Topics may include abortion, euthanasia, palliative care, scientific research with human subjects, technological innovation, and access to health care.

Ethics & Leadership in Law, Politics & Government

  • Explores law, politics, and government through the lens of leadership and ethics. Topics may include government leadership, civic participation, public policy, and social change.

Ethics & Leadership in the Media

  • Explores ethical questions related to the relationship between the media and society. Topics may include ethics of representation, government surveillance, media law, media ownership, and ethical codes of conduct in media professions.

Human Rights & Social Justice

  • Introduction to the study and practice of domestic and international human rights issues. Students choose courses related to Social Groups and Social Justice; Nationalism, Imperialism, and War; and Theory, Policy, and Institutions.

Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship

  • Teaches students how to develop entrepreneurial start-ups, understand historical and future-oriented contexts for innovation, and explore creative processes relevant to their own specific interests.

Media, Culture & Identities

  • No longer accepting applications as of spring 2018. Examine the construction of social life and identity groups. Allows students to explore differences, similarities, power, oppression, values, and desires in their everyday lives. Concentration areas include Games, Sports, and Media; Identities, Communities, and Place; and Popular Culture and Power.

Museum Studies

  • Offers the opportunity to develop an understanding of how museums, archives, libraries, galleries, and related institutions function as sites of collecting, education, and research.

Public Policy

  • Examines the development and implementation of public policy, focusing on how change happens. Topics include communication policy; economic policy; education policy; science and technology policy; and race, immigration, and citizenship.

Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits

  • Introduces students to social enterprise and administration of non-profit organizations. Concentration areas include Art and Social Change; Community Welfare and Social Justice; Environment; Health and Healthcare; International Development; and Youth and Family.

Social Inequality, Health & Policy

  • Examines the causes and consequences of the huge disparities in health, life expectancy, and medical care delivery in the world today, exploring topics such as social/economic disparities, public health, and policy. Concentration areas include Public Health; Family, Fertility, and the Life Course; and Migration and Diaspora.