Interdisciplinary Approach to Education

Honors Interdisciplinary Education

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Ever feel like education is all the same...like a pile of bricks? Memorize, memorize, memorize. Unload facts on test. Forget everything. Rinse and repeat. Unfortunately, sometimes education can feel like this. We know that education should and must be more. Instead of just memorizing facts, we want you to make connections. Facts can be found quite easily through a simple web search. Using those facts, however, to develop an understanding about the world, to make connections, and to employ sound reasoning is what education is all about. Each discipline at the university has a different way of “thinking” about the world that is important in its own right.



Interdisciplinary is our specialty. Are you a literature major but like to learn about science? Are you an engineer but like to learn about history? We know that every discipline has its merits and that although we each have a different major, we need to know about other disciplines as well. Here at BYU, this is even more essential to our education due to our knowledge of the gospel. We hope that by the time you graduate you can give intelligent responses to these two questions:

  • What difference does my disciplinary education make to my understanding of the Restored Gospel?

  • What difference does my understanding of the Restored Gospel make to my disciplinary education?

And as you acquire at least a basic understanding of the major disciplines you will begin to see the possibilities and benefits of an “interconnected” approach to at least some of the big or “Great” questions and problems we face in our world.

Make connections!
  • The concept of Great Questions is a fundamental aspect of the interdisciplinary approach to education of the Honors Program.
  • Honors Peer Mentoring and Honors events facilitate interactions of students from different disciplines.
  • Honors classes focus less on memorization and more on connections.
Explore the website to find out more on how the Honors Program can help in your interdisciplinary education!
Puzzled path #3. CC Image courtesy of Magnus Akselvoll on Flickr


Contact us to find out more. Honors Advisement wants to assist you in your academic and educational pursuits. We want to help develop those connections that will excite and motivate you to learn. We are open every weekday from 8 am to 5 pm in 350 MSRB on BYU campus. Or email us at honors@byu.edu or call us at 801-422-5497. We hope to see you soon!


Honors Objective: Possess a mature understanding of the philosophy of your home discipline and a basic, working understanding of the philosophy of the university’s other major disciplines. (see Learning Outcomes)