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Transdisciplinary Studies in Technology

Follow your passions and discover new ones in a Bachelor of Science program at Purdue University. You will design a personalized plan of study in our new transdisciplinary studies in technology major, blending fields like humanities and business with these technology-focused disciplines:

  • Computing and graphics
  • Construction management
  • Engineering technologies
  • Leadership and innovation
  • Aviation technologies

Featuring hands-on team-based projects, transdisciplinary studies in technology will help you become a lifelong learner. It’s a program especially for the trailblazers, the challenge-seekers, the pioneers — the students who are independent minded, ambitious, creative, passionate, reflective, and inventive.

A new major which made national headlines, transdisciplinary studies in technology is an educational experience unlike any other because it combines individualized learning with close mentoring by faculty experts and a competency-based curriculum which clearly defines each ability, skill, behavior, and body of knowledge that you’ll master.

Employers today have many positions with job titles that didn’t exist only a few years ago. Want to forge your own path? Transdisciplinary studies in technology will provide you with broad technical competence and the abilities to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to adapt and thrive in our ever-changing world.

This unique competency-based degree is offered only by the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, one of the 10 academic colleges at Purdue University’s main campus.

Special features

  • In each semester’s unique Design Lab and Seminar learning environments, you will learn discipline-specific theory and how to apply it to real-world problems.
  • It’s a student-centered culture called “competency-based education” which focuses more on “show us what you can do with what you know” and less on memorization.
  • You will create an electronic portfolio which documents your abilities and mastery of subjects – which you may choose to share with potential employers.
  • Your peers might be studying different disciplines, so each of you will learn about different topics and contribute unique skills to make projects successful – a parallel of work environments common in industry.

What can I do?

Design Researcher
Portfolio Coordinator
Environments Designer
Wildcard Designer
JOBS THAT DO NOT YET EXIST

Where can I go?

IDEO
Caterpillar
Microsoft
Red Gold
Ideal Construction
We have the ability to choose how and what we learn. I did an ethnography on Senegal, Africa, and it was a big learning project. I’m looking forward to projects which build on each other. I could start a project now and continue it through senior year.
Peter Starr
Transdisciplinary Studies in Technology

What to expect in Transdisciplinary Studies in Technology

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The Polytechnic learning environment

Our learning experience is designed to produce graduates who not only have deep knowledge, applied skills, and experiences in their chosen discipline, but also problem solving, critical thinking, communications, and leadership skills sought by industries and communities.

About the school/department

The Department of Technology Leadership & Innovation tackles the global challenge of preparing leaders for the 21st century. With a focus on technology-driven careers, the degree programs allow students to lead the development of high-tech solutions. Research projects also focus on improving current processes and practices.

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