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Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies

About Us

Welcome to the department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS) at Villanova University! The department is comprised of three majors, namely, GlS (with eight specializations); Gender and Women's Studies (GWS), and Peace and Justice Studies (PJ). Students for the GIS major are required to declare a specialization in one of the following interdisciplinary area studies: Africana Studies, Arab & Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Cultural Studies, Irish Studies, Latin American Studies, and Russian Area Studies. A student may also opt for an Individually Designed Specialization after meeting the requirements. We also have minors in Critical Language and Cultural Studies, which include Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian studies. Please feel free to browse our web site to learn  more about our programs.

Please see each specific program for details.

Critical Language/Cultural Studies

The Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies condemns the racist murders of Asian Americans in Atlanta this week. The murders represent the most recent example of hatred and violence directed against people of Asian descent here in the United States and elsewhere. We acknowledge that these events are the manifestation of misogynistic, racist stereotyping that have their roots in the longstanding demonization of Asian women. We want to recognize that these attacks are a continuation of a long history of violence and exclusion that has been driven by inflammatory rhetoric targeting Asian Americans over the last year. Our Department has zero tolerance for such attitudes.
We stand in solidarity with the Asian American community and condemn the hate crimes perpetrated against them. In the face of these attacks that target a specific community, we acknowledge our collective responsibility to support Villanovans who are of Asian descent. Our hearts go out to those of you who are feeling vulnerable and hurt and we invite you to reach out to Department faculty or staff for any way we can provide support.  

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Contact Information

Dr. Chiji Akoma
Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies
(610) 519-6967

Ms. Joyce Harden
Administrative Assistant

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To apply to GIS, fill out this form. You must indicate the specific GIS major you are interested in. Please send completed form to OUS. Students interested in Individually Designed Specialization (IDS) must first meet with the Department Chair.
OUS Declare/Change Major Form