In addition to the Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs (IGEPs), the university offers several other graduate degree programs with an interdisciplinary focus. Some span programs and fields within one college, while others involve multiple colleges. Visit the Graduate Catalog to explore them.
Here are a few of those programs:
Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought (ASPECT)
The ASPECT Ph.D. program fosters a critical engagement between domains of inquiry in the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts.
To learn more, visit our website and our Graduate Catalog page
Geospatial and Environmental Analysis
The interdisciplinary doctoral program focuses on the application of geospatial analysis for improving the science, management, and conservation of natural resources and the environment.
For more information, visit our webpage and our Graduate Catalog page.
Halting Antimicrobial Resistance Dissemination (HEARD)
This interdisciplinary project funded, through a five-year $3.6 million National Science Foundation Partnership in International Research and Education (PIRE) grant and led by Drs. Peter Vikesland and Amy Pruden, seeks to halt wastewater derived antimicrobial resistance dissemination. They recognized that societal use of antimicrobial drugs and wastewater treatment processes collectively affect the fluctuations of pharmaceuticals, antimicrobial resistant organisms, and antimicrobial resistance elements. All of the Virginia Tech graduate students involved in the effort will participate in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP) and will earn certificates in International Research Abroad.
To learn more, visit the HEARD webpage.
Interdepartmental Microbiology Program
A large number of Virginia Tech faculty members conduct research with microorganisms. You will find research conducted in microbial ecology; in the relationship of microorganisms to diseases in plants, animals, and humans, as well as to bioterrorism and emerging diseases; in the problems associated with microorganisms in food; in the many roles microorganisms play in agriculture; and in the fundamental nature of the microbial cell, to name just a few.
Due to the diverse nature of Microbiology research, students accepted into this program have the opportunity to spend "lab rotation" time in three different research labs during their first semester. They then choose the lab in which they will carry out their Ph.D. dissertation research and enter the graduate program of that department.
Visit our website and our Graduate Catalog page to learn more.
Science and Technology Studies
Science and Technology Studies (STS) is a growing field that draws on the full range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities to examine the ways that science and technology shape, and are shaped by, our society, politics, and culture.
Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health
Our research-intensive, multidisciplinary Ph.D. program in the biomedical and health sciences emphasizes the concept of “translational science” across multiple levels of inquiry. We bring together students from the life, behavioral, physical, engineering, and computational sciences to consider today’s major health challenges.
This National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) interdisciplinary certificate program launched in Spring 2016 with students from the Blacksburg and National Capital Region campuses. All of the students are pursuing Ph.D.s in one of eight departments: computer science, mathematics, statistics, electrical and computer engineering, population health sciences, urban affairs and planning, civil and environmental engineering, or sociology.
The program features an innovative “tapestry” curriculum for urban computing that weaves interdisciplinary issues; emphasizes ethical and societal issues for responsible data science; builds community through interdisciplinary project teams and data analytics competitions; and imparts effective communication skills that help facilitate interactions with a broad range of urban city professionals who are the end consumers of data science. The Discovery Analytics Center in the Department of Computer Science will administer the program.
Visit this webpage to learn more about the program.