Interdisciplinary Studies

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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.

News & Events Blog

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

  • 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

  • Sign Up Now for Fall 2016 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 this flyer for a full listing - or see the CCSF Fall schedule.




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



  • AS Bookloan Program

Need free textbooks? Come check out our AS Bookloan Program!



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.