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

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Interdisciplinary Study of Global Challenges

Campus
Institution Name
Country
Campus Style
Institution Size
Selectivity
Education Model
Amsterdam University College (AUC)
The Netherlands
Dedicated academic building and student residences. Connected to UvA and VU campuses.
Small Institution <5000
Selective (25-50% admitted)
Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model)
Brussels School of Governance (Vesalius College)
Belgium
City Island Campus
Small Institution <5000
Somewhat Selective (50-75% admitted) - We adopt a holistic approach to admissions.
Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model)
Bard College Berlin
Germany
City Campus
Small Institution <5000
Selective (25-50% admitted)
Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model)
Brunel University London
UK
Suburban Campus
Medium Institution 5000-15,000
Selective (25-50% admitted) Admissions rate varies by subjects, with Medicine and Healthcare subjects extremely selective
Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model), Integrated or Thematic degrees, Researched Focused Institution, Teaching Focused Institution
Bryant University
USA
Suburban Campus with access to Providence, Boston and New York City
Small Institution <5000
Somewhat Selective (50-75% admitted) Average GPA 3.4/4.0 and SAT 1220
Business and Arts/Sciences
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.
University of Essex
UK
Suburban Campus
Large Institution 15,000-30,000
Less Selective (>75% admitted)
Single Subject Focus (Joint degrees available), Researched Focused Institution, Teaching Focused Institution
Hampshire College
USA
Large rural campus (over 300 hectares) including a sustainable farm, bordered by forest and mountains.
Small Institution <5000
Somewhat Selective (50-75% admitted) - No minimum grade requirements; applicants are assessed in a comprehensive, holistic review process.
Students design customized programs of study in collaboration with hand-picked faculty committees.
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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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