At Reed, interdisciplinary study, which offers courses and programs of study that cross departmental boundaries or brings materials of two or more departments together, includes 15 standing majors that combine two or more compatible fields of study, including American studies; biochemistry and molecular biology; comparative literature; comparative race and ethnicity studies; environmental studies; international and comparative policy studies; and neuroscience.
Faculty Office Hours '21 - History and American Studies
Watch highlights of faculty office hours as Professors of History and Humanities, David Garrett and Jackie Dirks, talk about studying history and American studies at Reed.
Faculty Office Hours '21 - English, Creative Writing, & Comparative Literature
Watch the highlights of faculty office hours as Samiya Bashir, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Libby Drumm, Professor of Spanish and Humanities, and Jay Dickson, Professor of English and Humanities, talk about the English department and studying creative writing and comparative literature at Reed.
Faculty Office Hours '21 - Environmental Studies
Watch highlights of faculty office hours as Aaron Ramirez, assistant professor of environmental studies and biology, and Josh Howe, associate professor of history and environmental studies, talk about the environmental studies major at Reed.
Pre-Medical Pathways at Reed
Watch Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Milyon Trulove's conversation with three members of Reed’s pre-med advising team–Janice Shampay, Howard Vollum Professor of Biology and Pre-Health Faculty Adviser; Kara Cerveny, Professor of Biology and Pre-Health Faculty Adviser; and Julia Burrows, Pre-Health Adviser for the Center for Life Beyond Reed.
Faculty Office Hours '21 - Humanities 110
Watch the highlights of faculty office hours as Margot Minardi, Professor of History and Humanities, and Pancho Savery, Professor of English and Humanities, as they discuss Humanities 110. This is the foundational, first year course that all Reed students take.
Academic Program Panel
Find out why Reed’s academic program is regarded as the most intellectual in the country. Current Dean of the Faculty, Kathy Oleson, and Dean for Institutional Diversity, Mary James, will answer your questions and discuss what makes our educational experience transformational.
Faculty Office Hours '21 - Neuroscience
Watch the highlights of faculty office hours as Michael Pitts, Professor of Psychology, and Kara Cerveny, Professor of Biology, talk about biology, psychology, and the interdisciplinary major of neuroscience.
Russian, Comparative Literature, and Film and Media Studies Faculty Office Hours
Join Reed faculty in their virtual office hours as they break down the major at Reed, discuss their areas of research, and answer your questions about their departments. This session was recorded live over video conferencing on April 15, 2020.
Humanities 110 Roundtable
Part informational interview, part casual conversation department roundtable discussions are an opportunity to meet multiple professors from one major, hosted by an admission staff moderator. This session was recorded live over video conferencing on April 14, 2020.
Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies Roundtable
Part informational interview, part casual conversation department roundtable discussions are an opportunity to meet multiple professors from one major, hosted by an admission staff moderator. This session was recorded live over video conferencing on April 17, 2020.
Neuroscience, Biology, and Psychology Faculty Office Hours
Spend 40 minutes with professors in their virtual office hours as they break down the major at Reed, discuss their areas of research, and answer your questions about their departments. This session was recorded live over video conferencing on April 23.
Environmental Studies, Economics, and Biology Faculty Office Hours
Spend 40 minutes with professors in their virtual office hours as they break down the major at Reed, discuss their areas of research, and answer your questions about their departments. This session was recorded live over video conferencing on April 10, 2020.
Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies Office Hour Highlights
Watch the highlights from virtual faculty office hours to learn more about the department and their areas of research. This session was recorded live over video conferencing on April 17, 2020.
Virtual Class Visits (Now Closed)
HISTORY/AMERICAN STUDIES/ ENV STUDIES: The American Earth: U.S. Environmental History in the Twentieth Century
T/Th 12:00pm - 1:20pm
This course will address the concurrent histories of American environmental politics and the changing environment itself in twentieth-century U.S. history.
HUMANITIES: Early Modern Humanities: The Birth of the Modern
T/Th 1:40pm - 3:00pm
In the wake of the political, religious, and cultural upheavals in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Europeans pursued new forms of knowledge, literary and artistic expression, social and religious life, and domestic and political authority.
HUMANITIES: Introduction to the Humanities
M/W/F 11:10am - 12:00pm ; T/Th 7:10pm - 8:30pm
Students of the humanities consider how people have represented and reflected on the physical, social, psychological, and ideological features of their worlds. We investigate the various materials that form the basis of cultures and identities and that simultaneously provide key terms for their critique and transformation.
HUMANITIES: Modern European Humanities
M/W 3:00pm - 4:20pm
An interdisciplinary study of the development of modern European humanities, from the Enlightenment to roughly the mid-twentieth century.
ENGLISH/CRES: Studies in Fiction - Postcolonial Hauntings
T/Th 10:25am - 11:45am
Haunting is central to postcolonial thought and literature. This course will examine the aesthetics of haunting in postcolonial novels from the latter half of the twentieth century.
ANTHROPOLOGY/ICPS: Anthropology of Global Health
T/TH 8:50am ; T/TH 10:25am
Rather than considering global health as obvious, coherent, and necessary, we will examine its foundations: What assumptions does global health reflect about bodies, families, history, and biomedicine itself?
ART/GERMAN: Introduction to Media Studies
M/W 1:25pm - 2:45pm
This course offers and introduction to major theorists and debates in media studies through close analyses of films, literature, and theoretical texts.
GERMAN/COMP LIT/CRES: Representing Genocide
M/W 2:40pm - 4:00pm
This course asks how film and literature can help us recognize, understand, and respond to genocide, a crucial feature of twentieth-century history.
ECONOMICS: Market Development in Poor Countries
T/Th 9:00am - 10:00am
The economic problems and policies of poor countries will be examined, with emphasis on agriculture and the rural sector because this is where much of the population and economic activity is located, and where poverty is often most severe.
RELIGION/CRES: Erasure and Location of Muslims in “Western” Humanities II
M/W/F 1:35pm - 2:25pm
It explores the historical entanglements of Muslims with other religious communities in relation to the construction of the idea of “Western civilization” in the modern era.