Featured Instructors:

Meena Khandelwal, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology and gender, women's, and sexuality studies 

Cornelia Lang, Ph.D., associate professor of physics and astronomy
Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy


Use thematic course design to promote students’ interdisciplinary curiosity.


  • Encourages students’ curiosity
  • Improves student-instructor connection
  • Invigorates faculty’s teaching and scholarship


Cornelia Lang and Meena Khandelwal describe how they each spearheaded a team-taught, multi-disciplinary course.  Big Ideas courses are general education, active-learning courses for about 80 undergraduates centered around thematic content and co-taught by multiple professors from different relevant disciplines.