Interdisciplinarity can be defined as a functional application of more than one discipline in addressing complex issues or solving complex problems. In practice, academic interdisciplinarity can run the gamut from simply acknowledging the interaction between disciplines to a full-fledged integration of interdisciplinary concepts and practices into a multi-faceted experiential exercise (integrative learning).
Under the guidance and direction of the Center for Integrative and Interdisciplinary Studies, Wartburg College is moving away from simple acknowledgement toward a more purposeful integration of applied interdisciplinarity throughout and beyond the curriculum. This is based on the expectation, that post-graduation, students will approach complex issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. As such, Wartburg College will prepare students in a more purposeful and integrated fashion to do so.