Welcome to the Transdisciplinary Studies program at Claremont Graduate University.
What We Do
Our program fosters an environment where faculty, students, and staff serve as the conduits for transdisciplinary development. We are a resource for creating facilitative spaces and supporting transdisciplinary scholarship, serving as the intellectual hub of CGU’s community. Through the Transdisciplinary Studies program, we provide a platform for the CGU community to transform education to meet challenges that are deeply entrenched, constantly evolving, and excitingly complex.
Transdisciplinarity at CGU is a way of seeing the world that promotes finding intellectual connections everywhere. It’s a way to get deep conversations going across the University campus as well as outside of it, taking the fruits of these collaborative efforts outside University walls and into the world.
Our world transcends disciplines because it is complex. We are complex. In CGU’s Transdisciplinary Studies program, we embrace this complexity. You’re joining a community of curious collaborators committed to enriching society and human life through transdisciplinary innovation. We look forward to working with you.
Claremont Graduate University’s Transdisciplinary Studies Program enables university scholars to collaborate and innovate around society’s most complex research questions. Our program provides resources for the CGU community at large to forge intellectual connections to re-frame and address these questions with space and support for cross-disciplinary initiatives. We also offer students opportunities to construct, blend and transcend traditional academic fields so they may shape their individualized courses of study to extend beyond disciplinary boundaries.
To equip CGU’s community of scholars with transdisciplinary tools and perspectives and apply them to create new ways of thinking about the world’s most pressing issues.
Collaboration: In order to converse with different disciplines, see the boundaries that shape each disciplinary approach, and transcend the space that separates them, scholars from different fields and stakeholders outside of the university must collaborate around complex problems
Connectivity: By sharing new perspectives, methodologies, assumptions and goals, networks of transdisciplinary scholars expand the ability to affect change through greater creativity and power
Social Responsibility: Meaningful research is aimed at improving the world for those who need it most, applying research outside of the Ivory Tower and back into the community
Innovation: Through honoring the creative process and embracing complexity, new frameworks can be constructed and new approaches can be derived to help us tackle the world’s most difficult issues
Leadership: We strive to be an international leader in university-wide, transdisciplinary scholarship
Andrew (Andy) Vosko
Associate Provost and Director of Transdisciplinary Studies
My academic training and career have always bridged fields, and I am passionate about bridge-building across academic lines. As an undergraduate student, I studied Japanese classical literature alongside the biological nature of addiction; as a graduate student, I applied oscillation theory to the study of neural circuits for my dissertation; and as a medical science educator, I taught neuroanatomy through the lenses of philosophy and art. At CGU, I am excited to facilitate opportunities, tools and spaces for boundary-crossing and collaboration, serving as associate provost and director of the Transdisciplinary Studies program.
I came to transdisciplinary studies by way of “inter-professionalism”—a way of applying and integrating knowledge from diverse healthcare practitioners for improved, patient-centered care. As a basic scientist in medical education, I saw that integrating different knowledge domains, including across cognitive, situated, and embodied knowledges, was necessary for interprofessional success. Transdisciplinarity provides the theoretical basis and practical foundation for this kind of integration. At CGU, transdisciplinarity is in our DNA.
I consider myself lucky to be at an elite and unique institution where transdisciplinarity is a core value. By continuing to grow in our transdisciplinary culture, I know we can also grow as an impactful, socially responsible leader in higher education. Our program is here to help our community transcend and transform itself through boundary-crossing and collaboration. It is my hope that through these processes, and through building bridges across disciplines, CGU’s scholars will expand to an even greater potential for making positive change in our world.
Assistant Director, Transdisciplinary Studies
Richard Ross is the assistant director of the Transdisciplinary Studies program at Claremont Graduate University. He earned his BA and MA in US History from Montana State University, Bozeman.
Richard has worked as a tutor for AP US, European, and World History. Richard has also worked as an adjunct instructor for CGU’s School for Arts and Humanities digital humanities program. From 2013 to 2016, Richard worked as the project manager and web developer for the Power Struggles project, funded by the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, under former CGU Research Associate Professor, Hal T. Nelson, before taking his current position at CGU as the assistant director of the Transdisciplinary Studies Program.