About the School of Interdisciplinary Studies

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies (SIS) incorporates the various interdisciplinary programs in the College of Liberal Arts ranging from area studies, ethnic studies, to comparative studies.  While each of our programs share the value of interdisciplinarity, our approaches range from multidisciplinary—in which people from different disciplines collaborate, interdisciplinary—in which knowledge and methods from different disciplines are integrated, to transdisciplinary—in which a new unity of intellectual frameworks are created beyond the originating disciplines.  Despite this variation in approach, our programs all recognize the need and value of interdisciplinary approaches to integrate and synthesize knowledge to provide a fuller understanding of a topic.  The School of Interdisciplinary Studies is a community of faculty and students enjoying an environment of rigorous and innovative intellectual inquiry.

Venetria K. Patton

Venetria K. Patton
Professor & Head, School of Interdisciplinary Studies

We offer ten majors across the following programs: African American Studies, American Studies, Asian Studies, Comparative Literature, Film and Video Studies, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Religious Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  Minors are available in all of these programs with the exception of Comparative Literature.  Students may also minor in Asian American Studies, Critical Disability Studies, Global Studies, Islamic Studies, LGBT Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and Peace Studies.

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies is home to four graduate programs and two graduate concentrations/certificates.  The graduate programs include American Studies, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, and the Philosophy and Literature Ph.D. Program.  African American Studies and Research Center and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies both offer graduate concentrations/certificates.

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies faculty include faculty housed within the school, jointly appointed with the school, and affiliated with programs within the school.  Please visit our research page for more information regarding faculty expertise and our program pages for more information regarding particular interdisciplinary programs.

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