Interdisciplinary Studies

The College of Arts & Sciences offers many interdisciplinary programs, each housed outside of particular departments and bringing together faculty from different disciplines. These programs transcend the barriers of traditional, departmentalized scholarship, bridging such fields as literature and cultural studies, psychology and biology, and political science and geography. 

These interdisciplinary programs are a prime example of UK’s continued effort to maintain its legacy of research, service and education by finding new methods and attitudes for confronting the world’s problems.

  • American Studies: The American Studies program at the University of Kentucky offers undergraduates a unique opportunity to study the histories, politics, and cultures of the United States from an interdisciplinary perspective. The minor attracts an outstanding group of energetic, intellectually curious students who share the faculty's commitment to crossing traditional disciplinary borders and national boundaries.
  • Appalachian Studies: Since 1865, the University of Kentucky and the Appalachian region have been connected by the University’s founding mission to serve the Commonwealth. The Appalachian Studies Program created a fresh synthesis of cross-disciplinary collaboration, innovative course development and new levels of engagement with the region.
  • Cognitive Science: Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary field which draws from areas such as linguistics, computer science, psychology, biology, anatomy, neuroscience, and philosophy, with the goal of understanding mind and intelligence. 
  • Economics: In addition to bachelor, master and Ph.D. degrees housed in the Economics Department, three different undergraduate economics degrees are offered in partnership with other University of Kentucky colleges. Through the Gatton College of Business and Economics the bachelor of science in business and economics can be earned, while the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and the bachelor of science in mathematical economics (MAEC) can all be earned through the College of Arts and Sciences.

    Students interested in pairing a strong grounding in business with economics will learn about accounting, finance and management while also discovering how to forecast general economic conditions, estimate trends, analyze data, and use economic theory to help their organization operate more efficiently.
  • Mathematical Economics: The Mathematical Economics major offers students a degree program that combines mathematics, statistics, and economics. In today’s increasingly complicated international business world, a strong preparation in the fundamentals of both economics and mathematics is crucial to success. This degree program is designed to prepare a student to go directly into the business world with skills that are in high demand or to go on to graduate study in economics or finance. 
  • Topical Studies: Students who have multiple interests or interests which do not fall into departmental areas may select a topic for concentration instead of a departmental major. Topical Studies offers academic flexibility and allows students to cut across departmental and college lines in constructing meaningful and imaginative programs.
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