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Bridging  Disciplines  Programs Spring 2012
BDP Team <ul><ul><li>Christine Anderson ,  Associate Academic Advisor:  Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Global Studies, Hu...
Bridging Disciplines Programs <ul><li>Allows students to individualize their education  </li></ul><ul><li>19 hours of cour...
Bridging Disciplines Programs Interdisciplinary Certificates <ul><ul><li>Children & Society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Con...
Eligibility Requirements <ul><ul><li>Environmental Sciences  majors CANNOT pursue Environment BDP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
Bridging Disciplines Programs Breakdown of Requirements
Coursework: Foundation Courses <ul><li>Foundation Courses </li></ul><ul><li>BDP 101: Forum Seminar: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Coursework: Courses in a Strand <ul><ul><li>What is a strand?  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Six of the BDPs require that a s...
Connecting Experience s <ul><li>Types of experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Internships </li></ul><ul><li>Independent research ...
Applying to the BDPs <ul><ul><li>Part I: Essay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Application form </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2-3 ...
BDP FAQs <ul><li>No quota on acceptances </li></ul><ul><li>GPA only part of the applicant profile </li></ul><ul><li>Facult...
Feedback from BDP Alumni <ul><li>What did you value most about your BDP experience? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I felt I had o...
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BDP presentation, Feb. 2012

  1. 1. Bridging Disciplines Programs Spring 2012
  2. 2. BDP Team <ul><ul><li>Christine Anderson , Associate Academic Advisor: Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Global Studies, Human Rights & Social Justice, Social Inequality, Health & Policy; internship contact </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lauren Campbell , Academic Advising Coordinator: communication, recruitment, faculty contact, assessment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jeanette Herman , Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives and Director, Bridging Disciplines Programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Erin Thomas , Associate Academic Advisor: Children & Society, Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies, Ethics & Leadership, Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship; BDP Student Advisory Council, newsletter, alumni development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rose Mastrangelo , Associate Academic Advisor & Archer Center Coordinator : Digital Arts & Media, Environment, Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Katie Matteson , Administrative Associate: Keeps it all going! </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Bridging Disciplines Programs <ul><li>Allows students to individualize their education </li></ul><ul><li>19 hours of coursework and research and/or internship experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Transcript-recognized certificate </li></ul><ul><li>11 different concentrations </li></ul><ul><li>Open to all students in all majors </li></ul><ul><li>Started in 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Program within School of Undergraduate Studies </li></ul>
  4. 4. Bridging Disciplines Programs Interdisciplinary Certificates <ul><ul><li>Children & Society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Arts & Media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethics & Leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Film Studies (no longer accepting new students) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Global Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Human Rights & Social Justice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Inequality, Health & Policy </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Eligibility Requirements <ul><ul><li>Environmental Sciences majors CANNOT pursue Environment BDP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International Relations & Global Studies Majors CANNOT pursue Global Studies BDP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Health majors CANNOT pursue PH strand in Social Inequality, Health & Policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimum of 2 semesters remaining at UT to apply </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Bridging Disciplines Programs Breakdown of Requirements
  7. 7. Coursework: Foundation Courses <ul><li>Foundation Courses </li></ul><ul><li>BDP 101: Forum Seminar: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One hour introduction to the interdisciplinary study of BDP topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Available to any 1 st or 2 nd year OR any BDP student </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usually offered one time a year for each BDP topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other foundation courses vary by BDP </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Coursework: Courses in a Strand <ul><ul><li>What is a strand? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Six of the BDPs require that a strand, or focus: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children & Society Global Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural Studies Social Inequality, Health & Policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethics & Leadership Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For These BDPs, no strand is needed: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Arts & Media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These BDPs have special strand requirements as outlined on their respective curriculum sheets: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Human Rights & Social Justice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Connecting Experience s <ul><li>Types of experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Internships </li></ul><ul><li>Independent research </li></ul><ul><li>Research assistant to faculty member </li></ul><ul><li>Independent Creative Project for Digital Arts & Media </li></ul><ul><li>Other important information about experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Most BDPs require 6-9 hours of Connecting Experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Provides hands-on, real world experience related to BDP topic </li></ul><ul><li>Each CE usually completed in one semester </li></ul><ul><li>Students are enrolled in and earn 3 credit hours for each </li></ul><ul><li>experience (we have BDP credit available) </li></ul><ul><li>Experiences can happen almost anywhere- in Austin, the </li></ul><ul><li>U.S., abroad– think Archer Program, UT in LA, thesis </li></ul><ul><li>Gives students an opportunity to work with a faculty mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Students must propose each CE and receive approval </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarships are available </li></ul>
  10. 10. Applying to the BDPs <ul><ul><li>Part I: Essay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Application form </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2-3 page essay about intellectual interest in specific BDP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See application essay guidelines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Part II: Applicant Appointment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applicant Appointment: Meet with specific BDP advisor once application is received </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create an individual coursework and connecting experience plan to go with your essay and application cover sheet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>March 8 Deadline </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. BDP FAQs <ul><li>No quota on acceptances </li></ul><ul><li>GPA only part of the applicant profile </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty panelists make decisions during finals week </li></ul><ul><li>Students notified in December or May </li></ul><ul><li>Must reapply to switch BDPs </li></ul><ul><li>Can be in more than 1 BDP </li></ul><ul><li>Usually only 1 course from MAJOR can count in a strand </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students have 1 year after graduating to complete certificate requirements. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Feedback from BDP Alumni <ul><li>What did you value most about your BDP experience? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I felt I had ownership of my education by being able to create my own academic plan. I wasn ’ t constrained by the discipline of my degree plan. I learned to combine aspects of different disciplines to create an education that was unique and my own. ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I appreciated that I could diversify my knowledge in my subject area rather than specializing and only experiencing one department ’ s vision. ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The connecting experiences--I gained hands-on experiences, worked with professors, developed communication skills in the workforce, traveled, and learned how to multi-task.” </li></ul></ul>

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