Date of Award

Fall 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Transformative Education and Social Change

Committee Chairperson

Curry Malott, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Dana Morrison, Ph.D.

Committee Member

John Elmore, Ph.D


This thesis work explores the concept of Interdisciplinary Education and how it can improve the educational experience for students while also creating citizens more capable of participating in a democratic society. In order to create more well-rounded citizens, schools should provide an interdisciplinary approach to education that centers the perspectives of the those who are traditionally excluded. Much of the education curriculum today is based on a system that favors the majority leaving out entire groups of students from minority populations. As a result, schooling overwhelmingly does not help oppressed students become critically conscious citizens who are equipped to participate in the democratic process of decolonizing education. Without well-rounded, critical thinking citizens, the path toward inclusivity and democracy are threatened. This proposed study focuses on an interdisciplinary curriculum that will serve as an example of how educators can work together to create a curriculum in which students would gain a more practical and holistic academic perspective. If successful, this proposed curriculum will provide educators with an approach to work across all academic subjects to connect ideas with real world experiences ultimately creating more well-rounded and critically conscious students. We cannot expect our students to decolonize and revolutionize the world unless we as educators give them a voice and the knowledge to do so.