Faculty Research Symposium
Liberal Studies programs use multidisciplinary perspectives to think about contemporary problems and imagine new possibilities. They include Environmental Studies, Games Studies and Design, and Interdisciplinary Studies.
LS programs give faculty opportunities to work on collaborative projects and to team-teach with colleagues from other disciplines and colleges. Some LS classes are team-taught in studioUM, a technology-enhanced prototype classroom featuring ultra-mobile furniture and wall-to-wall porcelain white board as well as four HD monitors. The most recent team-taught class is "The Lore of Appalachian Eco-Resistance," co-taught by professors from English and Sociology. Coming soon are "National Parks, Landscape Art, and the American Imagination" and, with labs in the UM Organic Community Garden, "Summer Harvest."
Some departments offer interdisciplinary minors, including Public Relations (Communication Studies) and Writing (English and Foreign Languages). Opportunities to combine academic study with community engagement can be pursued through the Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement.