Interdisciplinary Studies Department

The ISD Mission

With its mission rooted in interdisciplinary teaching, scholarship, and community service; and with a special focus on cultural and international subjects, the ISD stands in a unique position to contribute to the University’s mission of diversity and community outreach.

The programs within the ISD share a commitment to interdisciplinary learning and scholarship, critical cultural analysis, intersectionality, transnational perspectives, and public engagement.


The ISD Profile

ISD's eight programs draw on departments all across the campus. Faculty members collaborate to teach students new approaches to subjects and encourage out-of-the-box thinking and experimentation while also grounding them in solid research and presentation skills.

The Department offers a Bachelor of Arts in African & African Diaspora Studies (AADS) and another in Asian Studies; minors in AADS, American Studies, Asian Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies, Latin American & Latino Studies, Peace Studies, and Religious Studies; courses in Science, Technology, and Society, and a Master of Arts in American Studies. A young and growing department, ISD is working on a proposal for a new major focused on gender.


ISD Values

ISD faculty and staff are committed to the following, among other values:

  • Appreciating diverse points-of-view
  • Exploring from multiple perspectives
  • Collaborating in innovative ways
  • Engaging communities locally and globally
  • Teaching critical thinking skills and research methodologies
  • Encouraging ethical relationships