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Interdisciplinary undergraduate programs : a directory
Newell, William H.
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Publication Information:
Oxford, Ohio : Association for Integrative Studies, 1986.
Physical Description:
viii, 277 pages ; 24 cm
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Booklist Review

This work is a directory of more than 200 colleges and universities in the U.S. that offer interdisciplinary programs of study at the undergraduate level. For each institution listed, information is provided on the type of program offered, the number of faculty and students involved, the subject areas and coursework, the administrative organization of the department(s), and a narrative description of the unique aspects of each program. Entries are arranged alphabetically by institution name with indexes by state and type of program, e.g., honors programs, women's studies. The primary difficulty in compiling a work of this type is the definition of interdisciplinary studies. The introduction states, ``For the purposes of this work, an interdisciplinary studies program is defined as one that brings together ideas and methods from a wide range of subject fields and incorporates them into a single program of study.'' The introduction also provides a description of the author's selection criteria, an overview of the field of interdisciplinary studies, and a statistical analysis of the types of programs existing today. While this work is of obvious value to prospective students interested in an interdisciplinary undergraduate education, it also is intended to be used by faculty members and administrators involved in those programs to identify the types of courses and programs offered at other institutions. This book should be useful for any liberal arts college or university that offers an interdisciplinary studies program and in high school and public libraries with collections of college guides.

Choice Review

A directory that is designed for faculty and administrators who wish to initiate or modify an interdisciplinary program. The guiding principles for selection of programs were broad, but excluded are those that offered only interdisciplinary courses, without really being programs. The introduction describes data collection, provides an overview of interdisciplinary undergraduate education, and includes a literature review. The author also attempts some generalizations about the comprehensiveness of the directory. The one-page narratives, arranged alphabetically by institution, describe the type of program, size, courses offered, administration, background, and other information that each school deemed important in answering the questionnaire it was sent. Appendixes include a sample questionnaire and indexes by state and type of program. The second index indicates whether the program is institution-wide (like the one St. John's College has offered for many years), or part of a major or honors program, or a general education undergraduate curriculum. This is the most up-to-date, systematic examination of interdisciplinary programs, and as such will be a valuable acquisition for many undergraduate libraries.-J.G. Packer, Central Connecticut State University