Interdisciplinary Activities

Recommendation #2: Develop international activities that support the University’s leadership with interdisciplinary initiatives


The SPCI called for TU to provide leadership in local, national, and global communities on crucial questions facing world societies today, as related to the University’s key interdisciplinary initiatives: energy, technology and the environment; cybersecurity; indigenous populations; community health; and entrepreneurship. TU made progress with three important new initiatives that advance this strategic goal:

Faculty Internationalization Grants (FIG): The ILC awarded $30,000 for grants to support activities related to the improved internationalization of the curriculum, the development or set-up of international experiences (credit-bearing or non-credit-bearing) for students and faculty, international research projects, and other projects related to the SPCI. Faculty members were invited to submit proposals to support projects related to curriculum development, interdisciplinary collaborations, and strategic partnerships.

List of Recipients

LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers: Energy Concentration: The law school is launching a refocused LL.M. degree in American Law with a concentration in Sustainable Energy & Resources Law (SERL) in January 2013. The redesigned LL.M. engages the SPCI recommendation that TU focus on its interdisciplinary programs such as National Energy Policy Institute and complements a growing cadre of diverse legal education programs such as the Master of Jurisprudence in Indian Law. The law school focused initial recruiting on China, which, due to changes in Chinese law and greater investment in by Chinese companies in the US, has seen an increased interest in the American LL.M. degree. The initial recruiting activities, however, suggest that there is broader global interest in this degree, such that TU may lead the global conversation about the balance between energy development/consumption and conservation. To support the development of this program, TU hired Kate Barron Alicante to direct program development, recruitment, and related foreign university partnerships associated with the refocused LL.M.

International Business and Language degrees: The Collins College of Business approved a proposal to expand the International Business and Language degree, a signature program through which students complete requirements for dual degree in international business and a foreign language, to include Portuguese. The TU Department of Languages currently offers the first two years of Portuguese, and through an agreement with a university in Brazil, students will be able to complete their upper division requirements. (A working group will be convened in AY2013 to evaluate partnership options in Brazil.) Additionally, a second proposal has been approved for the creation of an International Business and American Studies degree, which will follow the same model as the existing IBL programs, but include classes offered in the College of Arts and Sciences that will provide a concentration in American history, literature, government, and culture. The IBL-American Studies degree is designed specifically for international students interested in deepening their understanding of the United States.