La Salle University's School of Arts and Sciences has a long history of developing programs that cross traditional boundaries. In many ways these programs demonstrate the commitment of the Arts and Sciences faculty to a liberal education.
The foundation for interdisciplinary work is built into the university core, which sets the stage for students to look beyond artificial department and discipline boundaries and make connections between seemingly disparate disciplines such as philosophy and science, economics and art, political science and religion, communication and social work, or mathematics and literature.
Several specialized programs provide excellent examples of how La Salle takes its commitment to interdisciplinary study to a higher ground:
- American Studies examines American life and culture through multiple academic disciplines. Students in this program discover that American civilization is a rich tapestry of a variety of cultures by studying the myths, rituals, symbols, beliefs, values, institutions and public forms of expression of those cultures. This program draws from a wide range of disciplines including history, literature, religion, the social sciences, philosophy, and the fine arts.
- Digital Arts and Multimedia Design incorporates courses from Computer Science, English, Communication, and the Fine Arts. Faculty members from a broad range of disciplines contribute to the program, which develops students' creative skills while simultaneously preparing them to function in a highly technical environment.
- Forensic Sciences is an expanding discipline and a proposed minor that draws on criminal justice, sociology, chemistry, biology, toxicology, and statistics to prepare students who can collect, analyze, and evaluate the evidence from a crime scene.
- The Integrated Science, Business, and Technology (ISBT) program offers a course of study that integrates science, technology, mathematics, business, and the liberal arts to develop graduates who are uniquely qualified to create solutions to solve real-world problems and assume leadership roles in both the private and public sector.
- International Studies is a minor available to all students that draws from the Economics, English, History, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Finance, Management, and Marketing departments in an effort to prepare students to be more informed and engaged citizens of the world.
- Leadership and Global Understanding is a multi-disciplinary program designed to develop more active learners and truly engaged citizens. Through the integration of service learning, community leadership, intercultural studies, and travel studies, students are given the tools they will need to assume leadership roles in local, national, and global communities.
- Public Administration is a program that infuses its students with the knowledge and values needed to succeed in the public sector. It focuses on political science, government, economics, and business as well as the liberal arts to develop graduates with skills in leadership, planning, policy making, program evaluation, and budgeting underscored by a commitment to justice and service.
- The Women's Studies program enables students to explore the rich diversity of women's lives and experiences by examining the influences of sex, race, ethnicity, and class on history and culture. Several disciplines including art, criminal justice, English, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, contribute to the diverse curriculum of this minor.
- Urban Studies allows students to draw from sociology, history, economics, and political science, among other disciplines, as well as the vast resources of the city of Philadelphia, to create a minor that will enhance their lives as citizens of a major metropolitan area.