MAJOR: Global Interdisciplinary Studies (31-34 credits/11-12 courses and 1 semester of study abroad)
Required Courses: GIS 2000: Introduction to Global Interdisciplinary Studies; 2 GIS team-taught 3-credit courses from GIS 4000 through GIS 6499, one of which counts as the Junior Research Seminar for the major; GIS 6500: Senior Capstone 1: Research; GIS 6600: Senior Capstone 2: Thesis; 1-credit GIS 5000: Special Topics; 1 semester of Study Abroad; and a specialization.
Seven Area Specializations: GIS offers seven specializations in interdisciplinary areas of study—Africana Studies, Arab and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Cultural Studies, Irish Studies, Latin American Studies, and Russian Area Studies. The additional requirements of each specialization are listed below. Students must indicate their specialization at the time of declaring the GIS major.
Individually Designed Specialization: A student may opt out of the seven specializations and design a 15-credit specialization. This specialization must be proposed at the declaration of the major, with a clear rationalization for all selected courses. The proposal must be approved by a faculty mentor and the Department Chair and include at least three courses regularly offered at Villanova University.