In many ways, study at Grinnell College seeks to integrate different forms of knowledge, approaches, and ways of thinking. Interdisciplinary (and otherwise integrative) study begins with the first year Tutorial and can culminate with a Mentored Advanced Project, many of which cross disciplines.

Interdisciplinary majors, concentrations, interdisciplinary study themes, collaboratively-taught and otherwise interdisciplinary courses, and interdisciplinary centers and programs provide students with a rich and coordinated opportunity to explore a significant issue from a range of disciplinary perspectives and experiences. Students interested in an interdisciplinary major can apply for an independent major or pursue the Biological Chemistry; Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies; and General Science majors.

Interdisciplinary Majors


The College offers 12 concentrations.

See the Student Information and Forms page for instructions to declare a concentration.

Courses available for Concentration/Major Credit in the Upcoming Semester(s)