The Interdisciplinary Studies and Independent Research department offers coursework that exposes students to content and approaches from multiple or nontraditional disciplines. In addition, the department, in conjunction with the other academic departments, affords students opportunities for research, in-depth study, and immersion beyond those available in traditional offerings. The mission of this department is to enhance the academic experience for Harvard‑Westlake students through their interaction with unique and interesting subject matter, utilization of innovative methodologies, and development of certain "capstone" capabilities, such as original research, public presentation, and ethical reasoning.
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