Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning

The Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning (CITL), based at Boston University’s College of General Studies, promotes excellence in undergraduate education by supporting undergraduate internships and research opportunities. It also offers graduate student and post-doctoral teacher training, program assessment, and various forums for professors and administrators to explore ideas about interdisciplinary education, including the online journal Impact: The Journal of the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning and the annual conference. The Center’s summer institutes give lifelong learners the chance to take thematically-related interdisciplinary courses while participating in cultural events in Boston. This past year’s institute is “Victorian Boston,” explored how 19th century Victorian reformers challenged conventional wisdom about their world and the people who inhabited it. In Boston political, environmental and scientific landscapes changed radically. Open spaces, increasingly rare in the growing urban environment, were designed to preserve nature and enhance public welfare. At the same time, abolitionists were singing about equality. How did these environmental and social changes forever alter Boston? Check out our newsletter to see what the Center has planned for this spring.

CITL draws on decades of successful interdisciplinary teaching at BU’s College of General Studies (CGS), a two-year undergraduate program that offers team-taught, interdisciplinary, core curriculum courses. Faculty and administrators at CGS have found that such an approach enhances students’ comprehension of the humanities, social sciences, rhetoric, and natural sciences, with material learned in one field reinforced by classes in another and students encouraged to apply classroom concepts in the real world.

How to Consult or Apply

If you would like to consult with our professors about interdisciplinary teaching methods or are a student interested in applying for an undergraduate research opportunity, please contact us. CITL also offers a number of graduate and post-doctoral training positions for students interested in developing their teaching expertise. Please click here for more information on these positions.