Interdisciplinary Studies - UW Honors

The Honors Program’s core curriculum is comprised of interdisciplinary courses, experiential learning, and reflection via a portfolio. Why do you think an interdisciplinary education is important and how do you think it will impact your undergraduate experience?

Whether we like it or not, life is messy, and the world is messy; it doesn’t make sense to assume that the subjects taught in school are abstract and insular concepts, neatly categorized and inevitably isolated from one another by the five-minute passing periods between them. Debate has exposed me to vast fields of academic scholarship that I never imagined to even exist, and I’m glad for it. From Agamben to Zizek and everything in between, I’ve discovered that oftentimes, whether it’s IR theory, scientific publications, critical race theory or gender studies, interdisciplinary connections are not just the products of curiosity and exploration but also crucial to the understanding of the academic subject itself.

Research my debate partner and I have done, for instance, centers on how the portrayal of Chinese women in the media, in film, and in pop culture reflects the history of American engagement with China in terms of patterns of colonialism, immigration, and economic and racial integration and exclusion. A second key component of our research is concerned with how the above ideas frame and implicate American policymaking apparatuses with regards to political engagement in the domestic sphere, and foreign policy on a global...

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