Interdisciplinary Programs

Athletic Training/Physician Assistant Program

Graduates of this program utilize comprehensive evaluation and diagnostic techniques to help both the general public, as well as more physically active population prevent injuries and illnesses while promoting general wellness.  They are experts in the development and implementation of proper and immediate emergency care which will decrease the need for long term care.  Finally, graduates of this program possess excellent evaluation and diagnostic skills, with particularly high levels of expertise with neurological and musculoskeletal conditions that exceed the standards of either profession.  Through their enhanced skills and knowledge in the areas of rehabilitation and reconditioning, our graduates are able to return patients to improved daily and enhanced function.

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Athletic Training/Occupational Therapy Program

Graduates of this program are able to practice in new and emerging practice environments, across the life-span, stressing the importance of a physically-active life-style, regardless of disability. Both athletic trainers and occupational therapists work in schools, but seldom can a singularly credentialed professional meet all of the needs of the larger school population. Our graduates are able to address all of these needs within schools. Meeting the needs of both the employer and the worker, our graduates positively impact worker productivity and assist them in meeting physical as well as mental/social demands of the job. Finally, our graduates serve as excellent resources for physicians for concerns related to wellness and injury/illness prevention, the development of healthy individuals, individual preference, ecological resources, and developmental issues.

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Athletic Training/Physical Therapy Program

While there is overlap in the knowledge and skills of Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapists in the areas of evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation, this degree program prepares graduates to address the full spectrum of practice of both disciplines while providing appropriate and comprehensive care. Our graduates are able to address the needs of a more diverse population of patients with special attention and skills as they relate to the patients’ age, disability, comorbidities, and physical performance expectations and needs. Our graduates are particularly skilled in the area of rehabilitation and reconditioning, returning their patients to not only their activities of daily living, but often to higher and enhanced levels of function.

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Athletic Training/Secondary Biology Education (Teaching) Program

With increasing budgetary restrictions at all levels of education, most school districts are unable to afford an Athletic Trainer whose sole responsibility would be the care and prevention of athletic injuries. Similarly, teachers in both public and parochial schools are being asked to take on extra duties in addition to their teaching responsibilities to meet the needs of their student population. This program provides graduates with the skills to meet both of these needs within school districts – provision of specialized, professional care for their athletes while decreasing their liability in athletics-related accidents and maximizing the time and talents of the teaching faculty.

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Center for Environmental Research and Education

The Center for Environmental Research and Education provides multidisciplinary education that prepares students for careers in current and emerging areas of environmental science, through dynamic collaborations with the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences and faculty in liberal arts, business, law, and leadership and professional advancement. Research conducted by CERE faculty spans both the natural and social sciences, extending to grant-funded outreach efforts in such areas as habitat enhancement, preservation of biodiversity, stormwater management and climate initiatives. CERE is home to the Master of Science in Environmental Science and Management program, two professional certificate programs, a B.S. degree in environmental science, a minor, and numerous joint undergraduate and graduate programs.

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Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research

The Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research (CIQR) s an interdisciplinary center housed in the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts. The purpose of CIQR ("seeker") is to develop and explore interpretive and qualitative research methods as well as their practical implications. Duquesne University has established a reputation as a locus for interpretive and qualitative research in the humanities, with phenomenological, hermeneutic, post-structural, critical theory and feminist research in departments such as philosophy, communications and English literature. Additionally, several social science departments nourish qualitative approaches in their graduate programs. The psychology department has a long history of developing phenomenological, psychoanalytic and post-structural methods. The sociology department has developed visual and traditional ethnographic methods as well as social action research. Departments outside the liberal arts have attracted faculty whose work advances qualitative research in fields where quantitative research has traditionally been required. Faculty members in the nursing school utilize ethnomethodology or grounded theory. Others in the health sciences adopt phenomenological approaches. Faculty in the school of education engage in semiotic and social justice research.

CIQR brings together a diverse group of faculty and graduate students interested in qualitative and interpretive methodology, with activities such as monthly seminars presented by Duquesne faculty, interdisciplinary graduate courses, lectures and workshops offered by visiting scholars, postdoctoral positions, and community action research and outreach. Additionally, CIQR offers an interdisciplinary graduate certificate, culminating in a cross-disciplinary pro-seminar.

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Computational Mathematics

The program in Computational Mathematics leads to a professional master's degree designed to address a growing critical national and international shortage of technically prepared professionals in the computational sciences. The program consists of a unique combination of work in three disciplines: computer science, statistics, and mathematics. It develops students' theoretical understanding of the three disciplines, their problem-solving skills, and their ability to model problems mathematically. Components of the curriculum and out-of-class experiences have been designed in conjunction with industry partners.

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Instructional Technology

The Instructional Technology Program resides in the Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education and includes a IT Specialist Certificate Program, a Master’s of Science in Education and the Doctoral Program in Instructional Technology. Most of the courses are offered in the online format. The Masters of Science in Education in Instructional Technology provides participants with the necessary knowledge and hands-on experience to effectively integrate technology into their classroom and instruction. The Pennsylvania Instructional Technology Specialists Certification is awarded upon completion of the program.

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Law School Dual Degree Programs

The Duquesne University School of Law provides students with the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary study by offering five joint degree programs: Juris Doctor and Master of Science in Environmental Science Management, Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration, Juris Doctor and Master of Health Care Ethics, Juris Doctor and Master of Divinity and Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in Philosophy. Because the Law School allows a varying number of credits from the corresponding program to count toward the J.D. degree, students are able to complete both degrees in a compressed time frame compared to completing them separately. Students may begin their graduate study either in the School of Law or the related graduate program, but the first year of law school studies must be completed exclusively in the School of Law.

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Modern Languages

The major in Modern Languages combines the study of three languages. It is a unique major for students interested in the study of several languages. Students choosing this major should have extensive background in at least one of the languages.

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Music Therapy

The study of Music Therapy draws from the fields of music, psychology, education, and health science. Duquesne University's program is an undergraduate degree open to students who have been accepted into the Mary Pappert School of Music. The 133 credit hour curriculum involves three core areas of study (musicianship, music therapy, and health/behavioral science), 200 practicum hours, and 1000 internship hours. Students who complete the curriculum and internship are eligible to sit for the music therapy board certification exam.

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Occupational Therapy/Psychology (joint degree)

An occupational therapist with an excellent background in psychology is specifically prepared for practice regarding psychosocial aspects associated with  a variety of physical, emotional, developmental and psychosocial disabilities and health-related concerns. The  Occupational Therapy/Psychology joint degree program is a 5 year program where graduates receive a BA in Psychology & BS in Health Sciences followed by an MS in Occupational Therapy.

The strong phenomenological orientation of the University’s Department of Psychology is very congruent with the foundational philosophies of occupational science that guide occupational therapy practice. Blending psychology with OT’s client-centered approach promoting engagement in meaningful occupations, graduates of this program are uniquely positioned to engage in therapeutic use of self to motivate and encourage healthy engagement in work, self care and leisure activities for all ages, multi-faceted lifestyle and a variety of health, wellness and disabling or chronic illness conditions. Upon completing graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination in occupational therapy and apply for graduate programs in psychology.

Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution

Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution is an undergraduate minor open to all students at Duquesne and intended to further Duquesne's Mission of helping create a m ore peaceful and just world. This inter and multi-disciplinary program draws on courses from departments and programs including History, International Relations, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Theology.

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Rehabilitation Science

The PhD program in Rehabilitation Science is a specialized curriculum in orthopedics & clinical biomechanics. The curriculum is an interdisciplinary endeavor of the departments of Athletic Training and Physical Therapy. The Mission of the PhD program in Rehabilitation Science at Duquesne University is to prepare outstanding Orthopedic/Sports Medicine rehabilitation practitioners to become leaders in their respective fields as educators and scholars who are capable of completing and communicating unique independent research that contributes to the advancement of their profession. Graduates of the program will be prepared to initiate a career in academia.

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World Literature

World Literature is a flexible, interdisciplinary major and minor program sponsored by the Departments of Classics, English, and Modern Languages and Literatures. It allows students to study literary works from many countries and time periods in different departments in their original language or in English translation.

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