Brooks Mission Statement

The Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies provides Grand Valley and the community with experiences, expertise, and programming that deepens our understanding of the world around us. The College does this through its innovative curriculum and by providing students with high-impact learning experiences like service learning projects, study abroad opportunities, internships, living and learning communities, and intensive writing and research opportunities.

Brooks College, one of the few interdisciplinary colleges in the nation, challenges students to tackle the important issues of the day by integrating the perspectives, knowledge, and methodologies of multiple fields of study. We offer several majors and minors, most of which have social justice components to them: Liberal StudiesWomen and Gender StudiesArea StudiesReligious StudiesLGBTQ Studies, and Environmental Studies. We are proud to offer a flexible major in Liberal Studies that allows returning adult students to complete their degrees by taking coursework in MuskegonTraverse CityHolland, and online. We invite faculty to collaborate with us and become a part of our innovative, interdisciplinary, integrative community.

The centers, initiatives, service units, and university-wide programs in Brooks College provide the expertise of highly qualified faculty and staff to Grand Valley and the West Michigan communities, helping people to become more skilled and experienced with internationalism, intercultural communication, sustainability, local history, social justice, and the goals of a liberal education.