The Academic Enterprise
International & Interdisciplinary Learning
Dartmouth prepares our students well for the global context in which they will live and work. We continue to require that undergraduates gain at least some fluency in a language other than English and begin to develop the cultural competencies necessary for their work in any field. More than 50 percent of all undergraduate courses provide a comparative or cross-cultural perspective
Students as well as faculty engage regularly in interdisciplinary research, as our size and culture encourage work across academic disciplines and between the undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. Since 1998, we have nearly doubled the number of cross-listed courses we offer, reflecting a 53 percent increase of faculty lines in interdisciplinary programs. In 2000, we announced a generous gift that enabled us to establish the Leslie Center for the Humanities, housed in the new Haldeman Academic Center with the Ethics Institute and the Dickey Center. These centers join the Rockefeller Center—and others throughout the College—to galvanize and energize creative scholarship across campus. The Neukom Institute for Computational Sciences also serves to catalyze multidisciplinary collaboration.
We continue to explore groundbreaking fields such as the digital humanities, where this fall we appointed one of two Sherman Fairchild Professorships in Emerging Fields. The new professorship will lead Dartmouth’s efforts to integrate digital culture and innovation with the humanities across disciplinary and departmental lines. The second Sherman Fairchild professorship is in the sustainable sciences, which will provide leadership for one of the country’s oldest interdisciplinary environmental studies programs. This was one of the first interdisciplinary programs in the country, and today the program offers students hands-on experience investigating ecological and social systems.