Chinese Studies, Environmental Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Race Studies, Global Studies, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Individualized Majors, Innovation Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Publishing and Printing Arts, STEM Education

  Greetings from the

Dean of Interdisciplinary Programs

Greetings! As Interim Dean of Interdisciplinary Programs, I join our faculty in welcoming you back to campus for the 2021-2022 year. We are so excited to be back in the classroom and seeing the top-half of each other's faces. This year I'll be sending out monthly emails alerting you to upcoming events, and highlighting great things going on in our programs. Check out these upcoming opportunities!




This semester you can choose from three different Experiential Learning Opportunities hosted by the School of Business. You do not need to be a Business student to apply for these programs!  In fact, these are ideal opportunities for Interdisciplinary Studies students eager to work collaboratively and creatively to solve pressing social problems. These non-credit resume-building opportunities meet once a week, and lay the foundation for future internships and employment. Want to learn more about structural inequality in business and government? To connect with others in the world of diplomacy, nonprofits, or sales? Or to better understand leadership via diversity, equity, and inclusion?  See the attached flyer or click the link below to apply for one of these great experiences. 


Take note that the deadlines for these programs are fast approaching! Applications for the Business Justice Initiative close Thursday September 16th. Other programs accept applications until September 24th and 28th.

Come learn about the study away opportunities available at PLU! Wang Center staff, PLU faculty, Financial Services, study away program alumni, and semester program providers will all be in one location to provide information and answer questions.


OCTOBER 27, 2021

Mark your calendars for this year’s Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education, exploring the issue of Holocaust Distortion and Denial. The event marks our first collaboration with the world’s leading Holocaust center, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, Israel. This monumental event features the foremost experts in Holocaust studies, Dr. Yehuda Bauer and Dr. Christopher Browning. Dr. Bauer is Professor of Holocaust Studies at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. Dr. Browning is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and began his academic career in 1979 at PLU, where he offered the university’s first course in Holocaust studies. Dr. Browning’s research and teaching excellence helped put PLU at the leading edge of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and his work continues to influence the field of Holocaust scholarship worldwide. Plan to attend!




Questions about schedules, program requirements, internships, individualized majors, or planning for the future? Our wonderful faculty in all of our IDIS programs are here to help. If you’d like to chat with Suzanne Crawford O'Brien, Interim Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies, come on by! Student hours this semester are in Admin 227-C Mondays 10-11am and Wednesdays 11-12, or on Zoom Thursdays 10:30-11:30am. Click here to make an appointment. Your IDIS faculty are here to support you, and so glad to have you back!

 Dr. Suzanne Crawford O'Brien

Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98447