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

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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

Apply Now

To apply to GIS, please choose and fill out the form which applies to you.

Option 1: For New Students NOT Previously Declared
Change/Declare Major to GIS/Specializations, GWS OR PJ

Option 2: Current GIS, AIS, CST, LAS OR GWS Students

Change of Major to GIS/Specializations, GWS OR PJ

And download and fill out the PDF form which must be completed, printed, signed and returned to OUS.
OUS Declare/Change Major Form