Department of Civil Engineering
"Children love to explore the world around them. In doing so they are not aware of disciplinary boundaries or even of disciplines. They move freely from watching ants (biology) to building structures (engineering) to counting rocks (mathematics and geology) to seeing what things dissolve in water (chemistry). Only as they go to school do they learn that humans divide up the way we learn about the universe and start to think within disciplinary boundaries. In doing so, those children, who are now us, lose the ability to think broadly and use the insights of various ways of thinking to solve important problems. At Hope College, we are trying to return to our childhoods by supporting interdisciplinary research and teaching..."
Council on Undergraduate Research
Scholarly Commons Citation
Best, A. A., DeJongh, M., Barton, A. J., Brown, J. R., & Barney, C. C. (2007). Models of Interdisciplinary Research and Service Learning at Hope College. CUR Quarterly, 28(2). Retrieved from http://commons.erau.edu/publication/326