About the Program

October 9, 2010

Interdisciplinary Master's Action for a Viable Future Program

Temporarily on Hiatus

We are sorry to report that the redesign of the Interdisciplinary Master's Action for a Viable Future Program will take longer than anticipated.  Therefore, we are suspending admission to the program until the Fall 2012 cycle.

We expect to resume information meetings in Fall 2011, with a target application period of October 1, 2011 through April 1, 2012.  If you would like to be on our list for updates, please e-mail the Administrative Coordinator, Beth Warner, at warnere@sonoma.edu.  In the meantime, we will keep our tentative program posted and make changes as they are approved.  If you wish to explore the possibilities offered by the resident Interdisciplinary Studies programs, see www.sonoma.edu/itds.


The Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at Sonoma State University has been experimenting with new approaches to learning for the past 40 years. Its founding principles are active learning through the seminar and an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge.

We do not believe that being educated consists of "knowing things." Rather, we believe that it consists of being able to think about the "things" that you know. And involves being challenged, being confronted with other viewpoints, and being able to articulate your own changing understandings.

As people become aware of the magnitude of dilemmas and issues in the world they inhabit, they often express the desire and need to go beyond studying these problems; they want to know what they can do about them. The MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Action for a Viable Future), is a response to that question. We emphasize the interrelationship between three themes: economic/social justice issues, ecological issues, and the personal and political dimensions of change.