Specializing in Interdisciplinarity: The Committee on Social Thought as the University of Chicago's Antidote to Compartmentalization in the Social Sciences
40 Pages Posted: 28 May 2009 Last revised: 19 Oct 2009
Date Written: July 3, 2009
The social sciences at the University of Chicago are renowned for their leadership in the development of empirical investigation in their respective disciplines. The post-war Chicago School of economics is only the best known of the efforts at the University to entrench specialized competencies in the faculty and students practicing a social scientific discipline. During the same period, the Committee on Social Thought emerged as an academic interdisciplinary unit in the humanities and social sciences. Ironically, the Committee became the place in which one could put the competencies required for one type of interdisciplinarity to work.
Keywords: University of Chicago, Committee on Social Thought, Interdisciplinarity, American social science
JEL Classification: B29, Z00, A12
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