Interdisciplinary Connections

Interdisciplinary Connections: LMU is committed to the education of the whole person through interdisciplinary approaches to learning. Courses in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, mathematics, visual and performing arts, business, and media arts express that commitment by virtue of their interdisciplinary pursuit of diverse issues, with attention to the Jesuit-Marymount commitment to learning that will lead to transformation. Students will expand their understanding through the integration of at least two disciplinary approaches. The courses in Interdisciplinary Connections will fall into one of the following thematic categories: 1) Virtue and Justice, 2) Culture, Art and Society, 3) Power and Privilege, 4) Globalization, and 5) Science, Nature and Society. Students are not required to take an Integrations course and a FYS in the same category. Below are brief descriptions of these categories, along with lists of possible topics for courses. These lists are not exhaustive; they are meant simply to spark the imagination and creativity of the academic community.

Virtue and Justice

Courses in Virtue and Justice ask students to understand the relationship between justice and contemporary society; analyze social challenges in the light of different theories of virtue and justice; investigate possible solutions; develop rational positions and reflect on personal and professional opportunities to advance justice in society. Topics may include, but are not limited to, justice, virtue and the arts; justice, virtue and literature; social media and justice; culture and values; human trafficking; gender, sexuality and justice; race, ethnicity, and justice; just warfare; etc.

Culture, Art and Society

Courses in the Culture, Art and Society provide a forum for the examination of the ways that individuals have grappled creatively with the political, cultural and social forces that shape society. Courses in literature, the visual and performing arts, media, the humanities, and social sciences are rich areas for faculty to explore inter-disciplinary approaches. Topics may include, but are not limited to, religion and the arts (performing, visual, and/or media); literature and religion; literature and philosophy; philosophy and the arts; race, ethnicity and the arts; gender, sexuality and the arts; politics and the arts; dance and social action; political theater; national identity and the arts; national identity and literature; etc.

Power and Privilege

Courses in Power and Privilege examine the critical role that differences in power and privilege play in determining social relations. More specifically, students will recognize, analyze and understand social realities and injustices in contemporary society, including the relative privilege or marginalization of their own and other groups. Courses in the humanities, social sciences, visual and performing arts, media, science and mathematics, and business will be able to generate topics such as, but not limited to, culture, political violence, and genocide; women and history; women and the global economy; slavery and human trafficking; outsider art; race and ethnic politics; gender, sexuality and politics; racial profiling; voices on the margins; etc.


While the term ― globalization is used to describe the increasing interconnectedness of the world in terms of communication, technology, culture, literature, the arts, media, economics, politics, and religion, the ways in which its processes, development and impact are understood differ from discipline to discipline. Courses from the humanities, sciences, mathematics, social sciences, visual and performing arts, media, and business offer rich opportunities for students to examine the question and impact of globalization, including its uneven process and effects. Topics may include, but are not limited to, diversity and secularism in global thought; global economies, global governance; globalization and inequality; geographies of globalization; global conflict and art; religion, politics, and global economies; globalization and sustainability; rhetoric of global governance; social media and global movements; global ecology; global warfare; human trafficking; immigration and diasporas; etc.

Science, Nature and Society

Courses in Science, Nature and Society examine the interconnections between science, nature and society and further student awareness that science and technology are human enterprises that take place in a social, historical and environmental context. Topics may include, but are not limited to, philosophy and cognitive science; philosophy and nature; culture and biology; computers, society, and cyberwar; biomedical engineering; energy, technology, and society; religion and ecology; gender, technology and the body; environmental sociology; science and religion; science and the arts; science and literature; math and the arts; etc.