Interdepartmental Programs


This interdepartmental program enables students to combine the perspectives and methodologies of anthropology and sociology to develop a framework for understanding the human experience in all of its complexity.  Anthropology offers complex accounts of our evolutionary origins, history, and cultural practices while sociology explores the forces that shape the distribution of economic, political, and cultural power among social groups.  Majors work with an advisor from each department to plan a complementary course of study. More


The program combines courses from chemistry and biology with independent work. All students are welcome to enter into research, and the advanced biochemistry laboratory is fully devoted to research-oriented projects. Resources include sophisticated equipment needed for advanced biochemical and molecular biological experiments: refrigerated preparative and ultracentrifuges, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell growth facilities, protein and nucleic acid electrophoresis equipment, a mass spectrometer, and more. A senior research experience is required. More

Earth Science and Society

This program integrates the perspectives of geology and geography to examine the interactions between humans and the earth. To this inquiry, earth science contributes an exploration of the processes that shape the planet and an understanding of the physical limits of human activity. Geography contributes an examination of societies in their spatial and regional contexts and an understanding of the human dimensions of global change. More


This program combines the social science disciplines of geography and anthropology in an examination of the ecological and spatial relationships between human societies and their natural environmental settings through a focus on cultural ecology. The program draws on the resources, courses, and faculty of the programs in anthropology and geography. A senior thesis is required. More

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The program provides a coherent course of study of the arts, history, literature, and thought of European civilization from the fall of Rome to the 17th century. In addition to a team-taught interdisciplinary course in medieval and Renaissance culture, students select courses and seminars from art and music, language and literature, history, philosophy, and religion. Students concentrating in medieval studies must demonstrate competence in Latin or at least one vernacular language (French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish) besides Old English; those concentrating in the Renaissance must achieve a reading knowledge of Italian. The program culminates in a senior thesis combining at least two disciplines. The program also offers a correlate sequence. More

Neuroscience and Behavior

This interdisciplinary program applies the perspectives and techniques of biology and psychology to the study of the brain and behavior. Neuroscientists examine how the interactions of the brain, body, and environment contribute to animal (including human) behavior. They study the structure and function of the nervous system, the development and evolution of neural and behavioral systems, and interactions among behavior, environment, physiology, and heredity. Academic options include courses in neuroscience proper as well as in both parent departments, field work, in-depth research, and independent work. A senior seminar is required. More

Victorian Studies

The program combines courses offered in several departments with independent work and, through an interdisciplinary approach, examines the assumptions, ideas, ideals, institutions, society, and culture of 19th-century Britain. The program culminates in a senior thesis, a long research paper, interdisciplinary in nature, written under the direction and guidance of two faculty members from two departments. Students may choose to spend junior year abroad in Britain. The program also offers a correlate sequence. More