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Nearly 140 Penn students, both undergraduates and graduates, joined Segal last year in such intellectual excursions. They came from all over campus — the School of Medicine, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Wharton, and the Annenberg School — to put an interdisciplinary patina on their evolving studies.
The transit goes both ways. Last year, while students from other professional schools infiltrated classrooms at the Law School, at least 100 law students ventured to Huntsman Hall and other unfamiliar settings to take courses with students in a range of disciplines. Consider: Approximately one-third of the Penn Law graduating class last year earned a Certificate in Business and Public Policy from Wharton. Certificates were pursued as well in Women’s Studies, Environmental Policy, and Environmental Science.
According to Penn Law Dean Michael A. Fitts, this migration benefits the University and the Law School. “Higher education is the laboratory for the wider world of work,” says Fitts. “In that world, the law touches upon almost every aspect of human endeavor, from running a business to leading government agencies. By culturing an atmosphere where disciplines meld and ideas flourish, we are grooming a generation of leaders with analytical skills who are accustomed to reading across the lines.”
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