Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division
Degree Requirement Changes Students, and the World
Solving Problems Around the Corner and Around the World
Having a Practical Impact
Making a Real Difference Means Experiencing the Real World
Those who step up to take on the world’s greatest challenges must be armed with practical experience and know-how. That’s why WPI pioneered a project-based approach whereby students apply theory to practice in every aspect of their education. Two central examples of this are the Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) and Global Perspective Program (GPP), both administered by WPI’s Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division (IGSD). The IGSD is an academic unit focused on sustainability studies and interdisciplinary educational research that exemplify WPI’s commitment to theory and practice.
The IQP gives every WPI student the experience of working in teams to resolve a problem or need that lies at the meeting point of science and society. Through the GPP, WPI students may complete an IQP, Major Qualifying Project (MQP), or Humanities & Arts Project at a WPI Project Center around the globe. IGSD combines these unique educational programs with a research emphasis on local and regional sustainable development, and a focus on the strategies and needs of state and local governmental and non-governmental agencies.