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IDS and XIDS: Interdisciplinary Programs and Core Courses


IDS and XIDS refer to the cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of courses in various programs and across the UWG curriculum. IDS programs include three major degrees: A B.S. in Environmental Studies (Course prefix ENST), A B.S. in Environmental Sciences (Course prefix ENVS) and a B.A. in Global Studies (Course prefix GLOB); it also includes programs in Africana Studies, American Studies, Canadian Studies, Film Studies, Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies. Each of these programs includes courses from a range of academic departments and disciplines. See the related links for program requirements and course offerings. XIDS courses can be team-taught or by a single professor. The purpose is to offer, through special topics, an integrative learning experience that results in a new and enhanced perspective. Three XIDS courses in the core are templates for creating a variety of new, topic-driven sections.

Contact Information

Dr. Aran MacKinnon
Professor of History and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
E-mail: amackinn@westga.edu
Phone: (678) 839-6038


Environmental Sciences (B.S.)
Coordinator(s): Dr. Farooq Khan (Chemistry), Dr. James Mayer (Geosciences)

Environmental Studies (B.S.)
Coordinator(s): Dr. Hannes Gerhardt (Geography)

Global Studies (B.A.)
Coordinator: Dr. Andy Walter (Geosciences)


Africana Studies
Coordinator: Dr. Stacey Boyd (English)

American Studies
Coordinator: Dr. Ann McCleary (History)

Canadian Studies
Coordinator: Dr. Charles Lipp (History)

Coordinator: Dr. Barbara Brickman (English)

Latin American Studies
Coordinator: Dr. Marjorie Snipes (Anthropology)

Women’s Studies
Coordinator: Tiffany Parsons (Sociology and Criminology)