The Library's Global Interdisciplinary Studies collections support research and instruction of GIS students and faculty. Resource selection and retention is largely driven by faculty research interests and the curriculum. Faculty selections and course readings are prioritized.

From the GIS website: "The central dynamic of the GIS major is the emphasis on the interdisciplinary and the global through a specialization in one of the following area and thematic studies, namely: Africana Studies, Arab & Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Cultural Studies, Irish Studies, Latin American Studies, and Russian Area Studies. [...] Each specialization emphasizes the core tenets of the major: interdisciplinary research, global impact through the local, and the application of knowledge to world affairs.

In addition to the GIS major with its slate of eight specializations to choose from, the department of GIS also houses two unique and equally interdisciplinary majors, namely, Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) and Peace and Justice Studies (PJ)."  

GIS website: www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/global


Departments/programs/subject areas supported

GIS courses are taught by faculty from a range of disciplines, including history, English, political science, communications, sociology and criminology, peace and justice, philosophy, theology, and several language departments. However, most of the materials supporting these courses are purchased by subject librarians serving the instructor's home department.

The library's GIS fund will be used to purchase materials in two areas:

  1. the research and teaching interests of the two dedicated GIS faculty
  2. interdisciplinarity and global studies as subjects, as they relate to teaching, research, and other such collaborations in higher education.


Resources Collected

NOTE: Electronic format is preferred for all Library holdings unless otherwise noted.

  • Scholarly monographs in electronic and print format (academic and trade press preferred)
  • Academic journals in electronic format (peer-reviewed preferred)

Resources and materials collected selectively or by request:

  • Audiovisual materials (by request only)
  • Academic journals in print format (only if electronic format is unavailable)
  • Encyclopedias, handbooks, and companions (electronic format strongly preferred)
  • Academic primary source collections (selectively, electronic format preferred)
  • Microform (by request only)
  • Conference proceedings (by request only)

Resources not collected:

  • Non-Villanova theses and dissertations
  • Ephemera
  • Print government documents
  • Juvenile works
  • Manuscripts

Subject Librarians

Jutta Seibert is the subject librarian for Global Interdisciplinary Studies.


Last updated: July 21, 2020