Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A field of specialized study within a broader discipline; a subfield.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A field of study or work that is related to one aspect, but not the whole, of a broader field of study or work.

Etymologies

sub- + discipline (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Maybe your subdiscipline is different, but many methods aren't published anywhere in a form that's worth a jar of warm spit.

    Standing Alone in My Methods

  • The professors I met in my subdiscipline were awesome.

    Godwin’s law: NEW RECORD « Love | Peace | Ohana

  • Nowadays the application of chemistry to solve biological problems is a very fashionable subdiscipline dubbed "chemical biology", but in 1980 the only venue for such interdisciplinary efforts was in the pharmaceutical industry.

    Roger Y. Tsien - Autobiography

  • The system also hamstrings younger untenured professors, making them fearful of taking intellectual risks and causing them to write in jargon aimed only at those in their narrow subdiscipline: Thus in economics, people have "utility functions" instead of needs and wants.

    Tenure trouble?

  • Starting with the simply weird, consider the notion that: "The system also hamstrings younger untenured professors, making them fearful of taking intellectual risks and causing them to write in jargon aimed only at those in their narrow subdiscipline: Thus in economics, people have" utility functions "instead of needs and wants."

    Tenure trouble?

  • Does Francis really think that only people in a narrow subdiscipline can understand the concept of a utility function?

    Tenure trouble?

  • There is a mathematical underpinning that you must first acquire, mastery of each mathematical subdiscipline leading you to the threshold of the next.

    On Quantum Theory And Parapsychology

  • I also accidentally took a look at the subdiscipline statistics, which always depress me.

    Jobs « Gerry Canavan

  • However, a subdiscipline of analytic philosophy known as philosophy of language of which Jerry Fodor is a leading exponent continued to regard evolution as somehow either irrelevant or too messy to contribute to philosophy, leading to some rather absurd claims by a few, like your Oslo professor.

    You and me baby ain't nothing but mammals - The Panda's Thumb

  • I think a more charitable interpretation of his remarks is not that he's blaming women for the state of his subdiscipline, but that he's concerned that (a) diplomatic history is widely seen as uncool (as it was by the professor I talked to 18 years ago), and (b) he's noticed that SHAFR meetings are populated by people 40 years older than he is.

    Another slow news day at the NY Times

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