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Corrupting Interdisciplinarity

Interdisciplinary study — once students have mastered knowledge in the relevant disciplines — is a worthy goal.

But the worthiest of pedagogies have a way of being debased and abused in today’s academy.

Henry Edmondson gives the following example:

At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the “Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Studies Certificate” is an “interdisciplinary study” program. An interdisciplinary format also accommodates the program of Queer Studies at Wesleyan, leading students into erudite studies like “Queer Knights: Lancelot and Galehaut (FREN 232) and “Queer Kids” (AMST 295), where students are sure to catch the cinematic classic “Totally F*****-Up Boys.”

Enough said.

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