Interdisciplinary Studies

Asian Studies

The Asian Studies Program is the University's institutional focus for experts, events and programs related to Asia and is the key contact point for the media and the greater Dallas community.

Biochemistry

The Biochemistry Program reflects the interdisciplinary nature of modern biochemistry and includes courses in physics, mathematics, chemistry and biology.

Biophysical Sciences

A rigorous degree program that provides a strong foundation for careers in medicine or research.

Classical Studies

Classical Studies is an integrated program studying the various aspects of the civilization of ancient Greece and Rome.

Ethnic Studies

The Ethnic Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary program that examines the African/African-American and Mexican-American experiences through the social sciences and humanities.

European Studies

The European Studies Program provides students with an opportunity to design an interdisciplinary program of study that will give them an in-depth knowledge of European history, culture, politics and society. 

International and Area Studies

The International and Area Studies Program provides students with the opportunity to design an interdisciplinary program of study that facilitates an understanding of the human experience in a global perspective, while at the same time allowing them to develop in-depth knowledge and expertise in a specific geographical area. 

Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies offers students of all backgrounds a broad range of courses in history, religious studies, popular culture, literature, music and art history that examine Jewish culture and religion as well as the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Monthly lunch and guest lectures provide additional learning opportunities. Students can explore the contributions Jews have made to human civilization around the world, from the Bible and Maimonides to Sondheim and Seinfeld, as well as pivotal chapters in Jewish history. Beginning Fall 2015, students may elect a minor in Jewish Studies.

Markets and Culture

Markets and Culture curriculum provides students with an opportunity to learn about the world’s marketplaces from an interdisciplinary vantage point. Students take core courses in a variety of the innovative fields including economic sociology. The curriculum is also designed to easily facilitate study abroad opportunities, studies at the SMU Taos campus and completing a second major.

The Medieval Studies Program affords students an opportunity for a “classically” liberal education within a broad subset of “Western” (Celtic, Franconic, Italic, Germanic, Visigothic) and “non-Western” (Byzantine, Islamic, Persian) contexts.

The Public Policy Program is an interdisciplinary program in economics and political science that is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and historical context to understand and deal with contemporary policy issues.

The Women's and Gender Studies Program enables students to explore the social and cultural effects of gender difference.  The courses, covering several disciplines, introduce students to scholarship on the long-overlooked social and cultural contributions of women, on the social meanings of masculinity and femininity, and on sexual identity.