Main Building, Room 202
Bridging Disciplines Programs
Flawn Academic Center, Room 338
2304 Whitis Avenue
Austin, Texas 78712
Phone: 512-232-7564 | Fax: 512- 232-7580
The Bridging Disciplines Programs depend on faculty involvement and direction in every facet of the programs. Each of the BDPs was formed by drawing together faculty from across multiple colleges and schools at UT AUstin. The certificates offered through the program reflect areas of faculty expertise as well as student interest.
Faculty involvement with the BDPs takes the following forms:
More than 100 faculty members representing every college and school at UT serve on the faculty panels that oversee the various BDP certificates. Faculty panel members work to:
The chair of each faculty panel also serves on the BDP Steering Committee, which provides oversight for the BDPs as a whole.
In order to complete the BDP, every student must participate in at least one Connecting Experience—an undergraduate research or internship experience for credit, completed under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Many members of the BDP faculty panels, along with many other faculty members across campus, mentor BDP students in their research and internship experiences.
While most of the courses listed in the BDP curricula are offered in departments across campus, the BDPs offer one-credit forum seminars and other interdisciplinary courses that serve as introductory foundation courses for the various programs. These courses are generally taught by members of the faculty panels for the relevant BDPs. You can find more information about the courses offered through the BDPs here.
Hundreds of faculty members from across the University allow us to list their courses in one or more of the BDPs. The BDPs were designed to build on existing course offerings at UT rather than starting each program from scratch, and we rely on the support of faculty who agree to list their courses on our curricula.
For more information about how to get involved with the BDPs in any of the ways described here, please contact Jeanette Herman, Ph.D., Director of the Bridging Disciplines Programs.