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Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

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The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Kean University was created in 2016 at the initiative of Associate Provost, Dr. Suzanne Bousquet, to engage faculty and students in coming together in the spirit of intellectual curiosity and creative adventure. Our mission is to bridge the boundaries separating academic disciplines in pursuit of advancing interdisciplinary methods, theories, and practices that generate new knowledge and relevant solutions for a global-oriented world.

What is IDS?

Interdisciplinary study (IDS) is ideal for those who are curious about world affairs and have an interest in multiple subjects. Customize your studies at Kean with ID courses and minors that concentrate on issues of global concern. In doing so, you will learn to seek out diverse perspectives of universal issues by developing broad, contextual, and systemic knowledge, while engaging in integrated thinking and adaptive practice.

Why IDS?

Interdisciplinary study can help you develop versatile knowledge and adaptable skills that enable you to live and work as successful global citizens. It fosters the development of broad knowledge of world regions and cultures, foreign language ability, integrated analytic proficiencies, as well as research, writing, and critical problem solving skills. Graduates with an interdisciplinary studies background develop transferable critical thinking skills sought out by a wide range of employers. It could help you find employment in businesses, government agencies, Foreign Service, nonprofits, journalism, consulting firms, and the educational sector; or you could go on to pursue a post-gradtuat degree.

What we offer

The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and its affiliated programs at Kean University offers interdisciplinary degrees, academic minors, and courses for students from any disciplinary background. For faculty and staff, the Center provides opportunities to advance collaborative teaching and research, and to expand interdisciplinary programs offered.


Choose one of two undergradtaue degrees or get your Masters in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

B.A. Chinese Studies
B.A. Global Studies [starting Fall 2018]
M.A. Holocaust and Genocide Studies


Complete your Bachelor’s degree with the addition of an interdisciplinary minor. Each minor is worth 18-credits, and concentrates on a region or theme of global interest.

  • Africana Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Women and Gender Studies


Over 50 stimulating ID courses that cover a range of issues from human rights and justice, and introduction to women’s studies, to understanding images and Technology and Human Destiny.


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