Interdisciplinary Center

Center for International Social Science Research

The Center for International Studies, which coordinates and supervises the University of Chicago's international programs, has grown out of the University's seven-decade-long involvement in the study of international phenomena. In the 1930s the first Committee on International Relations in the United States was founded at Chicago and since then the University has remained a key innovator in the study of other cultures, launching area studies centers, various interdisciplinary and collaborative projects and committees, and educational outreach programs.

Center for Human Rights

Chicago's Human Rights Program provides a forum for the exploration of the core questions of human dignity and critical examination of the institutions designed to promote and protect human rights in the contemporary world. Drawing its faculty from across the University, the center is concerned with integrating disciplinary, thematic, and regional perspectives and aspires to educate its students as citizens as well as teachers, business people, or scientists.

Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality was established in 1996 by Leora Auslander and a core group of faculty from across the University to consolidate work on gender and sexuality, as well as feminist, gay, lesbian, and queer studies. Along with fostering teaching, research, and discussion at the University, the center seeks to reach out into public areas where gender and sexuality come together with political, artistic, and intellectual concerns.