Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies

Our Objectives

The objectives of our institute are to foster:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Responsible Global Citizenship

About Us

Welcome to the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies at Villanova University! The Institute is comprised of two major academic units--the major in Global Interdisciplinary Studies, and the minors in Critical Language and Cultural Studies, which include Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian studies. in addition to these are other affiliated interdisciplinary programs which include Africana Studies, Irish Studies, and Sustainability Studies. Please feel free to browse our web site to learn  more about our programs.

Please see each specific program for details.


Dr. Matthew Perry

The Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies' Global Impact Series, Japanese Language and Cultural Studies welcomes Dr. Matthew Perry on Nov. 13, 2014 at 4:30 pm. Dr. Perry a decendent of Commondore Matthew Perry will speak on "Japan Connections with Commodore Matthew Perry : Then and Now".

Newest Critical Languages Course Offerings

Student Accomplishments

  • Jessica Wamala won the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship in 2013. Jessica graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in May 2013, with majors in political science, Arab and Islamic studies, and Global interdisciplinary studies.To view more click here.
  • Fiona Grugan
    As an IGIS and Latin American Studies Double-Major, Fiona won the prestigious Alejandro Reyes Scholarship Competition for 2012. The Alejandro Reyes Scholarship Award is given annually to a junior student for excellence in Latin American Studies by the Pan American Association of Philadelphia. To view more click here.
  • Casey Richards
    As an IGIS major, Casey Richards was awarded the Gilman Scholarship for her studies abroad in Japan.To view more click here.
  • Jerisa Upton
    Jerisa was an IGIS and Honors major with a minor in Chinese Studies, and is also a Presidential Scholar and Critical Language Scholar. She has been selected as a 2012 Boren Scholar to study abroad in China.To view more click here.
  • Weddy Worjroh
    As an IGIS and Sociology major Weddy Worjorh was awarded the Villanova Fulbright Scholarship in 2012.

Critical Language Students

  • Hayley Aron
    As a Japanese Studies student,  Hayley was accepted to the Critical Language Scholarship Program. Hayley is minoring in Japanese in the Japanese Program, IGIS.To view more click here.
  • Kali Cook, Rachel Horton, Manhattan Ishimi, Hyo Youn Kim, Patrick Borja-Navarrete and Matthew Virts.were 2012 JNHS-CC inductees from Villanova University. These students were in the Japanese Program, IGIS (Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies), and were inducted by AATJ (American Association of Teachers of Japanese) for the 2011-2012 academic year.To view more click here.

Successful IGIS Graduates

  • Amy Richards,  GIS 2010, wanted to forward the link to her travel blog for her trip through South America... check it out!


Students' Study Abroad Experiences


Our GIS junior Hannah Egan shares her blog about her study abroad experience in Jordan.


Website Info

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News & Events

Applications are still being accepted for the 3 week, three credit summer course, Russian Culture in Context taught for one week at Villanova and for two weeks in Russia.  ...Read more..

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Call for Papers 2013.

Study Abroad - Kansai Gaidai Spring Semester 2012

GIS Senior, Russel Miller, won first prize for his video in Japan.