Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Jennifer Taw

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© 2024 Maya Kurkhill


The U.S. federal government should investigate inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to scientific education and research. Major spending by the U.S. federal government is driven by the value of security — resulting in focuses on military, public health, and the environment. The current disciplinary silos are failing to prepare the U.S. to address complex, global issues. The White House Committee on STEM Education has recognized this need with the move from STEM to STEAM, and more recently, convergence/transdisciplinary education. Unfortunately, this recognition is lacking in research and development (R&D). Moving forward, the U.S. federal government should significantly increase funding and attention towards educational pilot programs, development and assessment of curricula, and grant funding to support inter- and transdisciplinary methodology in education and R&D.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.