Interdisciplinary Studies

for decoration only - pattern of interconnected multicolored lines

Interdisciplinary Studies is like a greenhouse, where you might find tomatoes growing right next to sunflowers, or even a hybrid of the two. We support experimentation and collaboration in all our courses and programs.  A number of our courses are team-taught, to bring different types of expertise into the classroom.  Our certificates embrace the arts, science, history, political analysis and social activism.  By bringing together a variety of disciplines, we offer an unusually holistic approach to understanding a people, a region or a phenomenon.  Interdisciplinary Studies seeks to animate conversations on campus and in the community, for example, through the Diversity Collaborative and through frequent public events (see listings below or on our blog or Facebook page). We invite students, faculty, staff, administrators and community to join us!


  • Promote and develop innovative interdisciplinary approaches to the curriculum. 
  • Provide quality courses and programs that meet the needs of City College’s diverse population of learners, including the study of ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, social class, ability/disability, age and religion.
  • Integrate the expertise of various departments of City College of San Francisco to maximize and expand the appeal and relevance of Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST) course offerings.
  • Provide courses for students to transfer to other colleges or universities, to meet graduation requirements, and to serve general education goals.
  • Provide an open door for faculty and departments to identify and satisfy new educational needs of students and their potential employers.


Below are links to the CCSF catalog of IDST's certificate programs. Each certificate program has it's own webpage with more information about it - you can use the navigation buttons on the left-hand side of this page to explore.


Other Certificates

These certificates in other departments were developed in conjunction with Interdisciplinary Studies.  

News & Events

Please visit our Blog for current announcements and updates.
You'll also find a gallery of our posters for past events on the Blog.
Click here!

You can also join our Facebook Group:
Interdisciplinary Studies Department, CCSF

Resilience film event flier with child on a busy street

RESILIENCE: Biology of Stress & Science of Hope

Join us for a free movie and snacks and learn about resilience and overcoming difficult life events -- while also learning more about the Trauma Prevention & Recovery Certificate and two related CCSF certificates.

Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 5 to 8 pm in Rosenberg Library
5:00-6:15 -- 2nd floor gallery -- food and orientation to certificates
6:15-8:00 -- R304 -- see the movie in the media room R304 on 3rd floor

  • Sign Up Now for Fall 2017 classes!

Fall 2016 IDST courses

Interdisciplinary Studies offers a wide range of classes - days, evenings, weekends and online.  Many classes transfer to CSU and UC and count toward graduation requirements for an AA or AS degree.

Click on the flyer for a full listing - or see CCSF's IDST Fall schedule.


  • IDST/LALS/LBCS/LGBT/WMST Graduation Celebration

Diversity Collaborative Graduations Spring 2017

Please join several CCSF Diversity Departments in celebration of our certificate completers, scholarship recipients, and degree completers, along with the family and friends and faculty who support them!

DATE:  Thursday, May 25, 2017
TIME: 5:00PM - 8:00PM
PLACE: Smith Hall (cafeteria)

Critical Middle East Studies
Critical Pacific Island Studies
Design Collaborative
Diversity and Social Justice
Latin American and Latino Studies
Labor and Community Studies
Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Trans Studies
Project Survive
Sexual Health Educator
Trauma Prevention and Recovery
Women's Studies

Refreshments served ! Bring family and friends!

  • Sanctuary-End of Semester Reading, Potluck & Open Mic


May 12th, 2017
5:00pm - 8:30pm

MUB 140
City College of San Francisco
50 Phelan Avenue

Join Poetry for the People ​& VASA/Critical Pacific Islander Students as we celebrate Sacred Spaces, Affirmation, Healing and Community through Poetry​!

  • Our Sea of Islands 6: Water Is Life

Our Sea of Islands 6 Flyer

December 13, 5pm - 9pm

In honor of our commitment to expanding educational opportunities to the Pacific Islander communities in the U.S. and in remembrance of the legacies of our pathways into education, we cordially invite you to our 6th Annual “OUR SEA OF ISLANDS”. This year’s 6th annual theme, “Water Is Life,” celebrates the establishment and growth of Critical Pacific Islands & Oceania Studies programs at the City College of San Francisco, the College of San Mateo, De Anza-Foothill College, and San Francisco State University.

***Students enrolled in Critical Pacific Islands & Oceania Studies courses at CCSF, CSM, De Aanza-Foothill, and SF State will weave together critical issues of importance to Pacific Islander communities through song, dance, poetry, drama, and research.****

“Our Sea of Islands” is proudly hosted by the CCSF VASA Program and the CCSF Critical Pacific Islands & Oceania Studies Program and will be held at City College of San Francisco at 50 Phelan Avenue, Student Union, San Francisco, CA 94112, from 5:00-9:00pm. Disability accommodations provided upon request. Parking is available. Dinner & Refreshments will also be provided.

***In honor of our theme, "Water Is Life," this year’s event is dedicated to several social struggles and movements that interact with our Pacific Islander communities. This dedication is in recognition of their existence and WE support their courage, determination, and efforts to creating better lives for our communities.***


For more information, contact: Dr. David Ga'oupu Palaita, Ph.D. (vika) @ 206-250-7468 |

Established in 2012, the students of Critical Pacific Islands & Oceania Studies @ CCSF created the event to share their work with the greater Pacific Islander community of parents, friends, family, elders, and allies.

Inspired by the late Dr. ‘Epeli Hau’ofa’s powerful essay entitled, “Our Sea of Islands,” students used the semester courses to engage in critical thinking and “Talanoa” (dialogue/talk-story) over social and cultural issues affecting Pacific Islander communities in the U.S. and beyond.

  • 8th Annual Talanoa Series - "Bridging Cultures"

Talanoa Series Mary Hattori

November 17, 6pm - 9pm
Dr. Mary Therese Perez Hattori, Ed.D.
Student Union, CCSF Ocean Campus


****THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2016****

In association with The Talanoa Series of Las Vegas, NV, Salt Lake City, UT, San Mateo, CA, and our newest city, Portland, Oregon, the City College of San Francisco’s (CCSF) Critical Pacific Islands & Oceania Studies Program & VASA Transfer Prep Program, is delighted to present our— 8th Annual Talanoa Series @ CCSF for Fall 2016!

The word “tala” in Pacific languages means “story” while the word “noa” means “to tie or to bind.” When the two words are put together, they form the word “talanoa” which translates to “connecting stories together.” Our strong mission of the Talanoa Series is to bring together our students, guests, and communities to share and connect stories/experiences about topics and issues that shape indigenous Pacific Islander communities across our vast ocean. 

In honor of sustaining our oceanic connections, we are pleased to announce our 3rd and final speaker of our 8th Annual Talanoa Series for Fall 2016— Dr. Mary Therese Perez Hattori, Ed.D.

A native of Guåhan (Guam), Dr. Mary Hattori is one of nine children of Paul Mitsuo Hattori and Fermina Leon Guerrero Perez Hattori (familian Titang) and resides on O‘ahu with her son and husband. She holds a Bachelors of Education and Professional Diploma in Secondary Social Studies with a concentration in Pacific Islands History, a Masters of Education in Educational Technology, and a Doctorate in Education in Professional Educational Practice at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM). 

Dr. Mary Hattori currently serves as Outreach Director for the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa and is affiliated with three other graduate programs at the University--Cooperating Faculty for the Doctorate in Professional Education Practice, Affiliate Faculty for the Indigenous Politics Program, and a Lecturer for the Certificate in Online Learning & Teaching. 

Dr. Hattori’s talk entitled, “Bridging Cultures,” will be about her experiences as a Chamoru academic and leader living and working away from home. It will offer highlights of her extensive research, leadership, community outreach, and creative endeavors, weaving through narrative concepts from Chamoru culture that inform her work. She will also share challenges and empowering possibilities of being a Pacific islander in the states and strategies for staying connected to homeland and heritage. Her talk is an expanded and updated version of a forum presentation delivered at the 2016 Festival of Pacific Arts on Guam that happened this year in May.

The Talanoa Series will be held at the Ocean campus of the City College of San Francisco in the Lower Level of the Student Union on Thursday, November 17th from 6:00-9:00pm. Refreshments/dinner will be served. Disability accommodations provided upon request. Parking is available in the student parking lot near the Multi-Use Building (MUB) or in front of Conlan Hall free of charge.

For more information, contact: Dr. David Ga'oupu Palaita, Ph.D. (vika) @ (415) 452-5923 | (206) 250-7468 |

The 8th Annual Talanoa Series—Fall 2016 is sponsored by the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Critical Pacific Islands & Oceania Studies program, the VASA Commission & Transfer Prep Program, the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa, the Diversity and Social Justice program, the Critical Middle East Studies/SWANA Program, the CCSF Diversity Collaborative: LGBT Studies, Women’s Studies, Philippine Studies, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Asian American Studies, Asian Studies, African American Studies, Labor & Community Studies, Disabled Students Programs & Services, Students Supporting Students (SCUBE), the Multicultural Retention Services department, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Development, the Office of the Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Multicultural Studies, the Office of the Dean of Student Equity, and the Pacific Islander Club (PIC) @ CCSF.

  • Rhythms of the Everyday: Tehran's Bra Shops and Homosociality

Rhythms of the Everyday

November 8, 11am - 12:30pm
Health Center 207, CCSF Ocean Campus

Join IDST 30, "Demystifying the Middle East" and Tahereh Aghdasifar for an exploration of women's same-gender relations in Iran through the site of the bra shop. For more info, contact

  • 8th Annual Talanoa Series
    "Women's Tautua, Land, & Disability Advocacy"

8th Annual Talanoa Series - Oct 27, 2016

October 27, 6pm - 9pm

Juliann Anesi, Ph.D.
IDST, Critical Pacific Islands & Oceania Studies
Ocean Campus, Student Untion

Link to event description pdf



Poetry for the People - AVOTCJA & MODUPUE

IDST, Poetry for the People, and Women's Studies present:


Thursday March 17th, 2016

(the Bay Area Blues Hall Of Fame Jazz Group Of The Year 2010 & 2005)

  • JON JANG (Piano)
  • FRANCIS WONG (Sax & Flute)
  • RAUL RAMIREZ (Afro-Peruvian Multi-Percussion) &
  • AVOTCJA (Poet/small Multi-Percussion)

it's gonna be magic … come share the vibe!!!

THURSDAY, MARCH 17th  |  11AM – 12:30PM  |  CREATIVE ARTS 133
Ocean Campus  |  City College of San Francisco

Admission is Free & Open to the Public