Interdisciplinary learning is a cornerstone of the Tufts education. The world's problems are not divided neatly into categories—and we believe your education shouldn't be either. A Tufts education will offer you the flexibility to explore a wide range of ideas while encouraging you to connect them across disciplines, preparing you to be an effective problem-solver in an interconnected world.
A hallmark of the Tufts undergraduate education is the ability to take advantage of three different schools. Students in any school always have the option to take courses in any other undergraduate school. In addition, students in the School of Arts & Sciences can minor in the School of Engineering, and students in the School of Engineering can minor (or even double major) in the School of Arts & Sciences.
Interdisciplinary work is also encouraged within schools, with each course of study having been designed to cover many fields. Majors like International Relations, Peace and Justice Studies, and Engineering Psychology are not housed in any one department. Students have the unique opportunity to take courses taught from vastly different perspectives, combining knowledge from different fields in order to explore specific issues. In addition, Tufts offers a major in Interdisciplinary Studies through the School of Arts & Sciences, and a thesis program through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.
Tufts uses grants to encourage interdisciplinary research among faculty and students as well. These grants are used to improve wound healing, establish a wildlife tissue bank at Tufts, or create films that encourage work in the digital humanities.