Message From the Director

Joel Oestreich

Welcome to the Center for Interdisciplinary Programs! Under the umbrella of CIP, you will find the International Area Studies major and four interdisciplinary minors: Africana Studies, International Area Studies, Judaic Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Each of these programs offer the unique opportunity to draw on disciplines across the College of Arts and Sciences and the University, providing a broader range of courses than in “traditional” majors and minors.

The International Area Studies (IAS) major is perfect for students who want to work in the global economy, who strive to make a difference in lives around the world, and who seek understanding across cultures and continents. Depending on their focus, students take classes in history, sociology, economics, literature, and many other fields. All IAS students study and become fluent in at least one foreign language, and have access to a wide, ever-expanding range of study-abroad options on every continent. Our program also offers unique events, such as monthly “International Café's” with lectures by noted experts, an international film series, and various professional development opportunities. As a relatively small major, we foster a close-knit atmosphere among our students. Through personalized advising, we help them get the most they can from the major. Our students can choose from among the best courses and opportunities across the width and breadth of the University.

The CIP also houses interdisciplinary minors that help broaden student’s experiences at Drexel and expose them to new ways of looking at the world. Africana Studies offers an interdisciplinary examination of the black experience in the Americas, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. Judaic Studies offers courses on Jewish history, culture, religion, and politics that explore the Jewish experience. Women’s and Gender Studies gives students a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of the ways in which gender interacts with race, class, ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation to shape human consciousness and determine the social, political, and cultural organization of society throughout history. As a whole, CIP offers programs that stretch across disciplines and sponsors diverse educational programming in and out of the classroom.

Joel Oestreich, PhD
Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies; Director, International Area Studies;
Associate Professor of History & Politics
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