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Stanford Report, January 19, 2000

Interdisciplinary programs on Faculty Senate agenda

The Faculty Senate will meet Thursday to engage in a general discussion of interdisciplinary teaching programs (IDPs), which enable students to major in areas that cross traditional departmental lines. While last year such programs awarded bachelor's degrees to about a quarter of the graduating class, they lack the same type of budget support and infrastructure accorded to departments.

An ad hoc Advisory Committee on Interdepartmental Programs is being convened to suggest future strategies for IDPs. The panel is being chaired by Richard Zare, chemistry.

Among the most popular IDPs are Human Biology, International Relations and American Studies. SR