The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies promotes a new model of higher education, offering partnerships to colleges, universities, seminaries, foundations, scholarly organizations, individual academics, and research teams interested in strengthening or developing interdisciplinary curricula and/or honors programs. The National Academy of Sciences’ Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research confirmed the need for interdisciplinary approaches as the most relevant methodology for addressing major dilemmas confronting humanity. The National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Association of American Universities also encourage interdisciplinary research. The educational initiative we developed predates the 2004 NAS Report by two decades, with IIR-ICSA co-founded in 1983 and JIS in 1989, following brainstorming and panels at various scholarly societies.

The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies caps/updates the classic Great Books tradition that inspires seekers.  In its 35 thematic volumes published thus far, JIS has pioneered interdisciplinary research synthesizing insights and findings across the social sciences, humanities, and science-ethics-theology dialogue, exploring the interfaces between knowledge, ethics and faith, and their significance for human dignity, human rights, pluralism, and the moral and spiritual foundations of democracy and an open society, encouraging dialogue across geographical, disciplinary, and denominational boundaries. JIS 7,840 pages of peer-reviewed research feature a constellation of some 405 authors of articles, book reviews, review essays, responses, field reports, occasional poetry, a stage play, and even an original music score. JIS is more than just another narrowly specialized academic journal of relevance only to a few specialists. Rather, students and faculty in all fields can benefit from JIS‘ modeling an integrative approach to the liberal arts. JIS is an educational endeavor seeking a new synthesis of all the arts and sciences via intensive collegial mentoring, building a new generation of interdisciplinary scholars, thus re-inventing the university for the 21st century. In sum, IIR-ICSA-JIS may be likened to a global honors program—a major resource for curricular innovation, model courses, team-teaching, interdisciplinary research and instruction, and strengthening or developing interdisciplinary honors programs at the university level.  Learn more: Why JIS?

JIS is a leading interdisciplinary publication in the U.S. and the world.  Sponsoring institutions benefit by sharing an educational initiative which serves as a guide for academe, reflected in interdisciplinary curricula as the fastest-growing segment of U.S. higher education.  Adopting JIS thematic volumes as a guide to excellence in teaching and research can help you and your institution achieve strategic goals:

★ Create hubs for interdisciplinary research and instruction;
★ Facilitate and enhance classroom performance and student comprehension;
★ Attract gifted students and outstanding faculty for honors programs;
★ Raise your institution’s visibility as an academic leader;
★ Encourage more private and public funding;
★ Serve as a catalyst for internationalizing the campus;
★ Broaden community outreach and ties to constituencies worldwide;
★ Promote interdisciplinary integration via symposia/colloquia;
★ Discover the world’s most creative interdisciplinary scholars;
★ Engage the services of a multilingual editor/mentor who provides intellectual leadership for JIS‘ pace-setting volumes.

To arrange a consultation and/or presentation, contact: Oskar Gruenwald, Ph.D., JIS Editor, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, 1065 Pine Bluff Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107, USA: Contact (click for e-mail).