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What is a BDP?

The Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDPs) at The University of Texas at Austin allow you to earn an interdisciplinary certificate in one of 16 different concentration areas:

BDPs combine courses that fulfill core requirements, electives, and courses for your major with unique research and internships that connect your BDP topic with your major and career goals. With planning, the BDP should not add time to your UT career. Rather, the BDP helps you choose the courses you already have to take in an integrated way, giving you the opportunity to develop a secondary area of specialization.

One of the goals of the BDPs is to help you make your education fit your individual interests and goals. BDP advisors are here to help you find courses, research opportunities, and internship experiences that complement your major, while also supporting you in developing knowledge and experience you would not otherwise find within your degree plan. Read these Connecting Experience spotlights to learn more about what projects students have done.

To learn more about how you can earn a BDP certificate and what some of the benefits of the program are, check out Certificate Requirements and Eligibility and Benefits.

*Please note: The Global Studies BDP is no longer accepting applications as of Spring 2015. However, many other BDPs allow students to study international topics through coursework and experiential learning. For example, Human Rights & Social Justice BDP students can study international human rights issues; Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP students can focus on international development; and Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies BDP students can study global conflict resolution. If you are a student wishing to discuss your interests in global issues and how these interests may align with a BDP, please contact the BDP office to schedule an appointment.