Creating New Knowledge Through Interdisciplinary Collaborations
The University of Arizona's Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research where traditional disciplines interface. The fusion of ideas, techniques, and expertise from the traditional academic fields provides for the evolution of modern and imaginative methods of research, and the creation of new fields of endeavor. The founding directors of the GIDP recognized this cannot effectively be conducted within traditional disciplinary boundaries more than 50 years ago and through their efforts a standard of a broader range of research and training was established and have endured at The University of Arizona. The collaborative relationship between colleges across campus and the 18 GIDPs creates unique opportunities for students to pursue and realize their aspirations in new research bringing about change serving the community and the world.
The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is one of the ways that The University of Arizona is fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students. The Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs are an integral part of the Mission Statement of The University of Arizona, and student enthusiasm for the programs is one of their strongest characteristics.