Cross Disciplinary Studies (CDS) Programs are constellations of course offerings whose intent is to give students and faculty some topical foci normally not found in any single academic department. The CDS programs distinguish themselves from departments in that they do not serve as the tenure home of faculty. Rather, they draw upon faculty from across the college and the university, and, as a result, each of these units benefits from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The interdisciplinary nature of these programs is their common unifying principle. Their strengths may be found in their inclusiveness.