The Inter/Multidisciplinary Cluster provides students an opportunity to explore an area of interest from an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary focus. A cluster consist of four related courses outside the student’s designated degree program or major. At least two courses in the cluster must be upper division. A student completing a second major or a minor fulfills the cluster requirement.
A cluster lets you study one disciplinary subject in depth or one topic from several disciplinary approaches. The “multidisciplinary” approach lets you develop some expertise in an area outside your major program. The “interdisciplinary” approach lets you study an area or topic from several different disciplinary perspectives. In either case, the effect is breadth of learning as well as depth of knowledge.
Note that some cluster courses are also approved in shared inquiry categories. You can take a shared inquiry course to find out if the topic is one you’d like to pursue as a cluster, minor, major, or second major. If it is, you can choose to apply the course as part of the cluster, minor, or major. You would then complete a new shared inquiry course. You can explore new areas of learning and afterward decide to develop more knowledge in that area without losing the breadth of learning that is a central GE goal.
You must declare your cluster officially through the University's Office of the Registrar. To do so, go to the “Undergraduate Forms” list on the Registrar’s web site and select “Inter/Multidisciplinary Cluster".
Click on the following categories to see your cluster choices. The information is in PDF format. Use my.chapman.edu to see which classes will be offered in the coming term. Prerequisites for courses in each cluster are indicated in brackets in the cluster course lists, but these are subject to change. Please check my.chapman.edu for the most current prerequisite for a given course.