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Interdisciplinary Study of Global Challenges

As the world becomes more globalised, more and more institutions are teaching truly interdisciplinary degrees focused on global challenges that require an interdisciplinary approach to solve, rather than studying one subject area.

There isn't a standard name for degrees in this field, but good key search terms are "Global", "Challenge", "Sustainability", "Development". In the USA, "Self-Designed" or "Student-designed" majors can allow you to create your own version.

Good to Know

There aren't any helpful overview sites for this field, because there is too much variety. So, we've put the links to the most innovative and interdisciplinary degrees we know of and that St. Clare's Students apply to, in the links section.

Universities Offering Degrees within

Interdisciplinary Study of Global Challenges

Campus
Institution Name
Country
Campus Style
Institution Size
Selectivity
Education Model
Bocconi University
Italy
City Island Campus located close to the city center in a safe and vibrant area
Medium Institution 5000-15,000
Highly Selective (10-25% admitted)
Our programs provide ground-breaking and innovative course content through hands-on interaction
Central European University (CEU)
Austria
City Island Campus - Tram stops and metro stations nearby. Many students bike to uni from the dormitory.
Small Institution <5000
Selective (25-50% admitted) - A panel of professors interview every finalist, and we admit roughly 25% of our applicants.
Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary, Liberal Arts
Carleton College
USA
Carleton College is located in the historic town of Northfield, Minnesota, known for its safety
Small Institution <5000
Highly Selective (10-25% admitted)
Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model)
Carleton University
Canada
City Island Campus
Large Institution 15,000-30,000
Selective (25-50% admitted)
Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model), Researched Focused Institution, Teaching Focused Institution
Duke Kunshan University (DKU)
China with a semester in the United States
DKU is a new campus in Kunshan, a large city located near Shanghai and Suzhou.
Small Institution <5000
Highly Selective (10-25% admitted)
Unique, new mutli-disciplinary model that results in both a Duke (US) degree and DKU (China) degree.
Durham University
UK
Given the collegiate nature of the university, we are both in the city centre and outside of it.
Large Institution 15,000-30,000 A high volume of applications means a number of programmes can be more selective than others
Extremely Selective (<10% admitted)
Single Subject Focus (Joint degrees available), Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model), Integrated or Thematic degrees, Researched Focused Institution, Vocationally Focused Institution (multiple integrated internships)
The Hong Kong University of Science and Techonology
Hong Kong, China
City Island Campus, Suburban Campus
Large Institution 15,000-30,000
Single Subject Focus (Joint degrees available), Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model), Integrated or Thematic degrees, Single Focus Institution (e.g. Business School, Researched Focused Institution, Teaching Focused Institution, Vocationally Focused Institution (multiple integrated internships)
The London Interdisciplinary School
UK
City Campus - East London Campus
Small Institution <5000
Highly Selective (10-25% admitted)
Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model), Teaching Focused Institution
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Common Degree/ Major Names

BA/BSc
Government
BA/BSc
Global Affairs
BA/BSc
Globalisation
BA/BSc
World Politics
BA
Social Change
BA/BSc
Global Challenges
BASc
Global Sustainable Development
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Useful Skills

Idea Visualisation
Empathy
Programming / Coding
ICT
Note Taking
Practical (working with your hands)
Analytical
Mathematical
Data Manipulation
Staying Motivated / Working Hard
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