Interdisciplinary Studies

About Us

Undergraduate Programs

Computer Game Development (Certificate)

The Certificate in Computer Game Development is a joint certificate between the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science and is open to the entire University community. The certificate is intended to complement discipline-specific studies with courses that give opportunities to work in multidisciplinary teams, build complete small and medium-scale games, and interact with industry.

Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies is a joint degree between the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Agricultural, Life, and Environmental Sciences (ALES). The program examines the scientific, cultural, economic, moral, political and social dimensions of environmental issues. Students develop the expertise to identify, frame and develop solutions to some of today's most important environmental issues. With this degree, you can pursue a career in law, business, economics, resource management, journalism or government as well as graduate studies.

International Studies (Minor)

If you would like to incorporate a global perspective into your Arts degree, a minor in International Studies can show you how political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental forces influence the lives people lead and the choices they face and, ultimately, how these forces can change individual nations and communities.

Peace and Post-Conflict Studies (Certificate)

A Certificate in Peace and Post-Conflict Studies (PPC) will equip students across a number of faculties and disciplines with the knowledge of the complexity of instituting measures that address underlying sources of conflict and provide them with hands-on practical approaches to sustaining peace. The Peace and Post-Conflict Studies Certificate is especially useful for those seeking a career in government, international governmental organizations (IGO), non-governmental organizations (NGO) and legal and business firms.

Religious Studies

The Interdisciplinary Program in Religious Studies offers a Major, Minor, Honours and Combined Honors at the BA undergraduate level. Areas of strength include the religious traditions of antiquity, biblical studies, history of Christianity, Islamic Studies, "world" religions in a post-colonial, globalized perspective, East Asian and South Asian Religions and new religions.

Science Technology and Society

Science, Technology and Society (STS) is an interdisciplinary program that draws on the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. The program in STS provides students from the sciences and humanities with a broad overview of the field that capitalizes on existing faculty strengths and developing interests.

Writing Studies

Writing Studies at the University of Alberta offers undergraduate and graduate courses in the exploration of writing. It also serves as an intellectual home for faculty and students who promote university-wide writing initiatives.


Graduate Programs

Interdisciplinary Studies currently houses two robust and innovative graduate programs in Digital Humanities and Religious Studies. Our programs have three guiding principles.

  1. Rigorous intellectual inquiry on topics that make a difference in the world
  2. Meaningful graduate mentorship that integrates our students in university research projects.
  3. Sustainable funding for graduate students that allows students to focus on their work.

    Interdisciplinary Studies challenges undergraduate students to consider the complexity of issues that shape human experience. These challenges can be found in interdisciplinary majors, minors, certificates, and courses across a range of subjects.