Interdisciplinary Studies

Students have the opportunity to expand their studies beyond one or two academic disciplines and by designing a cross-disciplinary course of study that focuses on two of four broad categories: the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and creative and performing arts.

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Admission to the program requires an application. If you have any questions regarding applications, please contact the chair, Dr. Michael O’Hagan.


Interdisciplinary Studies
Program Chair: Michael O’Hagan
Tel: 604-822-4558


Podcasts, policy, and the president: interdisciplinary course returns to teach the power of language

An interdisciplinary course looking at the power of language is on offer again this year.

Maryam Dada: Outstanding Leader in the UBC Community and Beyond

"I knew that if there was a way to help people, simply by listening to them, then I wanted to learn how to do it."

Adi Burton: Learning is Interdisciplinary

As a recent graduate from the Interdisciplinary Studies Program (IDST), Adi Burton strongly believes that learning spans across multiple disciplines.

Jennifer Wolowic: Facebook top tool for First Nations

Facebook is becoming the number one way for on-reserve and off-reserve members of First Nations to connect with each other. Jennifer Wolowic, a PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies, is currently exploring the different practices that help people connect, including cell phones, social media, and photography. One aspect of her research focuses on the daily use of Facebook in the First Nations community in Prince Rupert.

Alvin Singh: Building a Unique Degree

The interdisciplinary studies program has allowed Alvin Singh to customize his education. His program is centered on three core components: political science, international development, and policy studies. “A specialized education doesn’t always give you the skills necessary to function properly in a flexible work environment. More and more I’m finding that the jobs I’m attracted to — jobs that a lot of young people are attracted to — are extremely flexible.”