The Academy of Transdisciplinary Studies is the academic home of some established transdisciplinary programs and minors at Virginia Tech. Additionally, the academy is incubating a catalog of majors and minors that will be launched in stages in the next few years.
Minor Degrees Currently Available
Africana studies is an interdisciplinary field that teaches students to critically assess present cultural forces, structural forces, and historical conditions.
Deepen your understanding of diversity and inclusion in regard to disabilities. Discover how society defines disability and the ways individuals with disabilities overcome social barriers in their everyday lives.
Gender, Science, and Technology
Cultivate an understanding of the complex ways in which gender intertwines with science and technology.
The language sciences working group is developing an academic major to provide students with a universal skill set marketable in speech-related professions, careers with a cross-cultural focus, a variety of research fields, and any career with an emphasis on strong communication skills.
Women's and Gender Studies
The women's and gender studies program presents new ways of thinking about how race, class, and sexuality shape our society and our experiences in it.
Current and Upcoming Programs
Communicating and Engaging with Science
The Pathways Minor in Communicating and Engaging with Science is intended to help non-STEM majors engage creatively, confidently, and critically with issues related to science. Learning to communicate about complex scientific and data-driven ideas, will allow non-STEM majors to become better communicators around crucial issues of science in our world. In addition, they will learn techniques and strategies for improving communication and collaboration within their own disciplines. The minor will allow non-STEM majors to combine their required Reasoning in the Natural Sciences and Quantitative and Computational Thinking coursework with communication and evaluation techniques and methods. They will be able to engage in meaningful scientific discussion and inquiry.
Digging in the Crates: Hip Hop Studies
VTDITC: Hip Hop Studies at Virginia Tech is a practitioner-focused, student-driven, culturally responsive community engagement program that prioritizes experiential learning. The multifaceted and ever-evolving program is based in Southwest Virginia on the campus of Virginia Tech.
Digital Games and Interactive Entertainment
The Digital Games and Interactive Entertainment minor is concerned with developing curricula accessible to students across the Virginia Tech campus interested in the design, creation, analysis, and criticism of digital games, simulations, virtual environments, and similar interactive and immersive media technologies. Whether students are interested in working in the games industry, developing powerful digital narratives for prosocial aims, or exploring the social, behavioral, and cultural dimensions of virtual environments, we are working to develop courses and student experiences based in a range of faculty research expertise to complement the strengths of existing Virginia Tech majors and prepare graduates for a range of roles related to interactive media.
Displacement studies is an emerging interdisciplinary field that examines processes of displacement and the structural systems that contribute to forced relocation. The field intersects with refugee and migration studies. Displacement studies focuses on the ways in which humans experience processes of displacement, whether due to natural disaster, climate change, government-induced development, civil unrest, or eminent domain. The field also examines how these experiences are addressed — or not — in laws, policies, technologies, housing, and historical narratives about displacement. Finally, the field explores the intersections among related issues such as human rights, citizenship, statelessness, sovereignty, (national) security, housing, social services, and community health.
Environmental and Climate Justice
The Environmental and Climate Justice minor will prepare Virginia Tech students to tackle the equity and justice dimensions of the climate crisis and other environmental challenges. Environmental degradation and climate change affect nearly every aspect of society, including health, well-being, education, the built environment, gender and race relations, food security, politics, the economy, disaster recovery, and work; however, the effects of environmental degradation and climate change are not felt equally.
The Food Studies Program is a community of people engaging with food, in all its dimensions, and adding a critical perspective drawing from the humanities and social sciences. Food Studies facilitates teaching, interdisciplinary research, and community engagement to promote understandings of food consumption and production within historical, social, and ethical contexts. We draw on the expertise of faculty from fields such as history, sociology, political science, philosophy, gender studies, literature, folklore studies, geography, education, Africana studies, American Indian Studies, and more. The program seeks to establish conversations, facilitate critical thinking, foster effective communication, and work toward solutions around food issues, both within and beyond the academy.
Description coming soon.
Tech for Humanity
Tech for Humanity is a university-wide effort that emphasizes Virginia Tech’s role as one of the top human-centered comprehensive universities leading discovery, learning, and engagement to address the societal impact of technological innovation through human-centered approaches. As the heartbeat of humanistic disciplines at Virginia Tech, the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences plays a vital role in this initiative.