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).