The Practice of Discipline

“This new provision meant a lot to endangered arts departments, departing from the usually held opinion that they did not belong in the academy because they were applied disciplines…” Nelson, p. 119


Could the argument be made that the hard sciences are applied disciplines? And if so, why are they in the academy?


“However, for interdisciplinarity to have any meaning, it must be based on competency in at least one discipline.” – B. Spatz