Welcome to The Interdisciplinary Studies Department (ISD) at Kennesaw State University. With its focus on interdisciplinary teaching, scholarship, and community service, ISD is an innovative and forward-looking department that seeks to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century, challenges that require understanding the interconnectedness of people and ideas. Our courses bring together insights and faculty from multiple disciplines across the university and encourage engaged scholarly activities aimed at solving real world problems, from the local to the global.
ISD houses several interdisciplinary programs – Black Studies, Comparative American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Latin American and Latinx Studies, Leaderships Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, Religious Studies, and Studies in Science, Technology, and Society. The department offers undergraduate degrees in Black Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies, an M.A. in American Studies, and multiple minors and certificates that prepare students for leadership in an increasingly complex world. Our interdisciplinary programming promotes the development of thoughtful, engaged, critical thinkers who know how to practice integrative thinking across disciplines, combine methodological rigor with contemporary relevance, and attend to local communities while fostering global and intercultural understanding.
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ISD In the News
- Paul Wiser, 81-year old Interdisciplinary Studies graduate, plans to use degree to continue his work to end veteran homelessness.
- New MAST graduate Breighlynn Polk creates powerful exhibit, "The Second Side" a historical retelling of African American History in Iberia Parish
- The 2023 Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO) was successfully held by Dr. May Gao
- MAST Student Isaiah Rogers Wins NCAA Championship in Weight Throw
- Dr. Xuefei Ma awarded the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Early Career Fellowship for her project "Stop Sexual Violence!: Popular Culture and Female Bonding in China's Pandemic Era"
- Faculty member, Lauren Thompson, published in The Conversation
- Sara Giordano, Ph.D., Awarded NSF Grant to Study Biology Education And Develop Interdisciplinary Teaching Tool
- Kennesaw State professors receive $1M grant to prepare students for behavioral health careers
- Virtual leadership exchange program provides students in Kennesaw and Casablanca with valuable global learning