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The Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies IIS is the home of three interdisciplinary programs of study: Childhood and Youth Studies (CHST), Human Rights and Social Justice (HRSJ), and Indigenous Studies (INDG). IIS brings together faculty and students from across the campus who share research interests that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries, in the arts, social and natural sciences. In IIS, research and teaching draw on critical perspectives to societal issues.

While each program is unique, they all share the goal of supporting students in applying critical approaches that challenge historical and contemporary inequities. Across the programs, we offer courses that advance anti-colonial, decolonial, anti-racist, Indigenous, transnational, and community approaches to learning and research. IIS strives to teach our students how to make connections, think critically, and contribute significantly.

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