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The Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS) provides students with a tripartite of skills, knowledge, and values that foster critical thinking, problem solving, and preparation for responsible global citizenship. Students gain an understanding of global studies, acquiring the know-how in global and digital l literacy, cultural diversity and intercultural competences, interdisciplinary research, and a passion for social justice, nurtured in experiential learning.

The central dynamic of the GIS major is the emphasis on the interdisciplinary and the global through a specialization in one of the following area and thematic studies, namely: Africana Studies, Arab & Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Cultural Studies, Irish Studies, Latin American Studies, and Russian Area Studies. A student may also consider an Individually Designed Specialization after meeting some requirements, including meeting with the Chair of the department. Each specialization emphasizes the core tenets of the major: interdisciplinary research, global impact through the local, and the application of knowledge to world affairs.

In addition to the GIS major with its slate of eight specializations to choose from, the department of GIS also houses two unique and equally interdisciplinary majors, namely, Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) and Peace and Justice Studies (PJ).

Human beings speak and act from positions that reflect their historical, economic, political, and cultural contexts.  Social factors such as power, gender, race, sexuality, and class shape global institutions and practices in our twenty-first century geopolitical landscapes.  Global communities demand citizens who can analyze intersectional identities, overlapping diasporas, and the historical structures that produce them.  Global Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS) prepares students to bridge a range of disciplines and equips them for international careers that contribute to the global common good.                                

Learning Goals and Objectives


Power structures                     

Global literacy                                

Digital literacy                           

Intercultural competencies    

Race, gender, class histories Written and oral dialogic skills

Diversity of identities

Critical thinking      
Analyses of social/cultural forms        
Integration of theory & practice
Interdisciplinary research

Social justice

Experiental learning

Global citizenship

Application of knowledge