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Frequently Asked Questions about the BDPs

What is a BDP?
A BDP (or Bridging Disciplines Program) is an interdisciplinary certificate program that combines coursework with research and internship experiences. There are twelve different BDPs, each focusing on a topic that benefits from the perspectives, methods, and tools of multiple disciplines.

What is a forum seminar?
Forum seminars are foundation courses for the BDPs. A forum seminar is a one-credit course that introduces students to interdisciplinary approaches to studying the BDP topics through weekly guest lectures from faculty in different departments across UT-Austin.

What is a Connecting Experience?
A Connecting Experience is a research, internship, or creative project experience for credit, conducted under the supervision of one or more faculty mentors. These experiences are called “connecting experiences” because they help connect a student’s BDP topic with his/her major, and they help connect kn