At the heart of a Bradley education is the idea of convergence, an innovative, creative, and collaborative approach to learning across highly differentiated disciplines. Convergence isn’t a class our undergraduate students will take, it’s the means by which they’ll become more well-rounded and better equipped to deal with the rapid pace of society and the marketplace.
But what exactly does this mean, and what are the benefits? An obvious example is our new state-of-the-art Business and Engineering Convergence Center, where students in these disciplines will learn to understand how products are made and their associated costs. But convergence also pairs less expected combinations like international studies and environmental science or dietetics and biology. An interdisciplinary approach helps students become well-rounded individuals who can contribute greater value to their organizations and to society.
For our local community, convergence gives our students further opportunities to partner with businesses on problem-solving projects, which has the potential to impact our region significantly. Our innovation through collaboration minor teaches students how to work with teams in business settings to launch new products or services.
Whatever the pairing, the value of convergence is in the deep integration of multiple disciplines to advance discovery, innovation and problem solving. By taking on the issues that affect our world, this approach addresses the need for creating purpose and meaning in a career. This kind of interdisciplinary education differentiates us from our competitors and expands our students’ opportunities for success both now and in the future.