What Is Transdisciplinarity?

The Transdisciplinary Studies Program at CGU enables University scholars to collaborate and innovate around society’s most complex issues, offering students opportunities to construct, blend, and transcend traditional academic fields so they may shape their individualized courses of study to extend beyond disciplinary boundaries.


d: Transdisciplinarity: Working across knowledge and stakeholder boundaries to facilitate a systemic way of solving complex, wicked, real-world problems.

Transdisciplinarity is a collaborative effort that sits on the spectrum of cross-disciplinary approaches. At CGU, transdisciplinarity is defined by:

  • Working around a complex problem important to society.
  • Inclusion of diverse stakeholders working together toward and re-framing a resolution of that problem.
  • Disciplinary self-reflection that is both cultural and professional, with reflective judgment and negotiation driving the collaborative process.
  • Innovative approaches emerging from the collaborative process.
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Courses
We offer a number of innovative and unique courses that allows students to collaborate and innovate around society’s most complex issues.

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Fellowships
We offer two competitive fellowship awards for scholarly projects that cross disciplines, institutions, and sectors.

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Resources
A work-in-progress, our resource section lists a number of ideas, abilities and critical components to foster a transdisciplinary mindset.

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