The Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies offers courses and coordinates specialized interdisciplinary programs, including the Individualized Major, Peace and Justice Studies, Middle East and Islamic Studies, Public History, and the Arabic Language programs.

By nature of their objectives and content, interdisciplinary studies courses cross the lines of departments and specialized disciplines. For example, some of these courses attempt to provide the common body of knowledge traditionally associated with a liberal education; others attempt to integrate the understanding of different kinds of subject matter; and still others combine methodologies from diverse departments and disciplines.