About ISP

About ISP

The goal of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program (ISP) is to ignite intellectual curiosity, promote scholarly habits of mind and achieve student success.  We foster life-long, active learners and ethical citizens, who can read critically, listen attentively, speak thoughtfully, and write clearly and analytically.  

We are also a unique academic adventure. 

  • ISP challenges students to consider timely and important issues from multiple perspectives and to make up their own minds.
  • ISP courses are taught by two or more professors from different scholarly areas, such as History + Psychology; Literature + Philosophy; or Theater + Sociology.  Classes meet once a week for a double period.
  • ISP courses fulfill General Education and selected major and minor requirements.
  • ISP students read deeply and write thoughtfully and often.  They analyze, debate, discuss, enact, and create in response to interesting and significant texts and events.
  • An ISP classroom is interactive.  There are no lectures, tests or textbooks.  In addition, students enjoy field trips, guest speakers, internships and other real world experience.
  • ISP fosters the critical thinking, research, and communication skills that employers and graduate and professional schools demand.

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If you’re ready to kick your education up a notch, check out our current and upcoming course offerings

For further information, please contact us at kgentile@jjay.cuny.edu; 212 237-8460; or stop by the ISP offices 6.65 NB.