These programs are part of the University of Chicago’s commitment to interdisciplinary research and learning. The Committee on Creative Writing gives students a rigorous background in the fundamentals of creative work by providing them with the opportunity to study with established poets and prose writers. The Committee on the History of Culture is an interdisciplinary group that provides a space of opportunity for students doing original, critical work in the humanities and the interpretative wing of the social sciences. The Committee on Jewish Studies acknowledges that Jewish Studies has been an important field of research since the University’s founding. The subsequent flourishing of Jewish Studies has been sustained by faculty appointments in a wide range of departments. The faculty in Medieval Studies advises departments and interdepartmental degree-granting committees and students in the planning of courses of study essential to medieval specialization in any field. The Program in Poetry and Poetics is overseen by an ad-hoc committee of faculty from various departments.