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Center for Interdisciplinary Studies



  • Existence: 1992-06



The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Tufts University was established in June, 1992 to bring interdisciplinary programs together under a unifying administration. It aimed to spark joint endeavors, support and develop interdisciplinary teaching, and create new methods and opportunities for faculty development. These opportunities included lectures, workshops, and extended programs such as the Sommerville Conversations.

The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Tufts University was established in June, 1992. Its purpose is to "bring together programs under one umbrella to increase the dialogue among the programs and spark joint endeavors, deepen our collective understanding of the nature, aims, and methods of interdisciplinary teaching, create new courses, new formats for experiential learning and new methods of faculty development, and generate various kinds of special programming, including lectures, workshops and symposia on interdisciplinary topics" (Bulletin, 1997-1998).

One early event was the Sommerville Conversations. In 1995, The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies worked with the city of Sommerville to unite Sommerville residents, students, faculty, and staff from Tufts to participate in a dialogue about American identity and community.

The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies is located in Eaton Hall.

Programs administered through Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (as of 2013):

  • Interdisciplinary Studies major
  • Latin American studies
  • Leadership studies
  • Middle Eastern studies
Other academic programs affiliated with the center (as of 2013):
  • Africa in the New World
  • American Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biopsychology
  • Cognitive and Brain Sciences - Major
  • Cognitive and Brain Sciences - Minor
  • Communications and Media Studies
  • Community Health
  • Environmental Studies
  • Experimental College
  • International Literary and Visual Studies
  • International Relations
  • Judaic Studies
  • Latino Studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Multimedia Arts
  • Peace and Justice Studies
  • Urban Studies
  • Women's Studies

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

American Studies Program Records

Call Number: UA083
Scope and Contents

This collection contains records generated by the American Studies Program.

Dates: 1989 -- 1996

Black Cultural Center Seminar at Tufts Records

Call Number: UA053
Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials related to the Black Cultural Center Seminars at Tufts and includes correspondences, clippings, fliers, notes, posters, committee meetings minutes, and administrative materials.

Dates: 1990 -- 2000

Center for Interdisciplinary Studies Records

Call Number: UA207
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of audio and audiovisual materials, course materials, newspaper clippings, publications, reports, and student records related to the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Dates: 1992 -- 2010

Peace and Justice Studies Records

Call Number: UA086

This collection contains the records of the Peace and Justice Studies program.

Dates: 1980 -- 2015