Interdisciplinary Education

Integrating History, Theory & Practice

At Korbel, our educational approach is interdisciplinary at its core. Our faculty hold degrees across more than a dozen fields, which allows us to offer a diverse range of courses that accommodate the continually evolving needs of professional sectors in international business and government. All degrees blend a range of disciplines, from economics to security to human rights, allowing you to develop a complex understanding of variable global challenges.

For any given international issue, there are multiple perspectives to consider—from intersectional oppression related to race, sexuality and gender that affect personal equity, to the economic, political and environmental stakes that drive global conflicts. International inquiry requires a holistic view that integrates historical and theoretical frameworks with practical strategies for change. 

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Applying Interdisciplinary Education in a Real-World Context

In addition to receiving a unique, interdisciplinary education, you have the opportunity to apply your specialized knowledge in a practical way alongside that of peers and faculty members.

Korbel is home to a number of research centers that pursue cutting-edge work that advance initiatives for public good. Whether you're interested in China-U.S. cooperation, finding solutions to expand human rights, Middle East relations or conflict resolution, we offer research opportunities that complement classroom studies. 

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Korbel Stories

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Advancing Global Peace

Two grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York back a study into global peace and security by the Sié Chéou-Kang Center.

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A Summer in Kenya

After years of planning, four planes, 30 hours, one train and a harrowing taxi ride through Mombasa, a senior international studies and music major makes it to Kenya.

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We proudly offer flexible interdisciplinary degrees.

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