Bachelor of Art in Interdisciplinary Studies

The following requirements are effective for students admitted on or after Fall 2017:

  • Minimum 121 Credit Hours
  • Writing Intensive Course
  • Minimum Cumulative G.P.A.: 2.00
  • 30 Credit Hours of Residency Courses
  • 9 Credits of Upper-Level Major Residency Courses
  • Minimum G.P.A. in the Major: 2.00

Exact course requirements will be defined by student’s approved Learning Proposal.

  • Complete 36 credits in a primary area of study, 18 credits of which must be upper-level (300-400 level) (36)
  • Complete 15 credits in a first area of concentration, 6 credits of which must be upper-level (300-400 level) (15)
  • Complete 15 credits in a second area of concentration, 6 credits of which must be upper-level (300-400 level) (15)
  • INT 496 Interdisciplinary Internship (3)
  • INT 495 Capstone in Interdisciplinary Studies (3)
  • Submit a Learning Proposal (see advising notes for details)
  • Complete any 100-level Communications course (3)
  • ENG 101 College Writing (3)
  • ENG 102W Introduction to Literature (3)
  • Complete a two-semester sequence of the same Foreign or American Sign language or history sequence (6-8)
  • Complete one of the following Fine Arts electives (3):
    • ART 1xx any 100-level Art course
    • DRA xxx any Drama course
    • ENG 351 Creative Writing I
    • ENG 452 Creative Writing II
    • MUH 1xx any 100-level Music History course
    • MUS 1xx any 100-level Music course
  • Complete one of the following Humanities electives (3):
    • AME xxx any American Studies course
    • ARH 105 History of Art & Architecture I
    • ARH 106 History of Art & Architecture II
    • DRA xxx any Drama course
    • ENG xxx any English course (except ENG 101 or 317w)
    • FRE xxx any French course
    • HGH xxx any Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide course
    • HTY xxx any History course
    • HUM xxx any Humanities course
    • MUH xxx any Music History course
    • PHI xxx any Philosophy course (except PHI 135 or 335)
    • SPA xxx any Spanish course
    • WGS xxx any Women and Gender Studies course 
  • MAT 100 Mathematics and Its Application or higher 100-level math course (3)
  • Complete any 100-level laboratory science course (4)
  • Complete one of the following Methods of Inquiry electives (3):
    • AME 201 Introduction to American Studies
    • AME/ENG 418 Cultural Criticism and Theory: The Arts of Social Change
    • EDU 300 Teacher as Researcher
    • ENG 300 Introduction to Literary Criticism
    • SSC 220 Basic Research Methods
    • SSC 320 Research methods in Social Science
    • SSC/HON 360 Qualitative Research Methods
    • SOC/COM 375 Social Networks
    • SOC/COM 475 Analyzing Social Media
  • Complete one of the following Computer Information Systems electives (3):
    • CIS 100 Introduction to Computer Applications
    • CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Science
  • Complete two of the following Social Science electives, must be from two different disciplines (6):
    • ANT 1xx any 100-level Anthropology course
    • ECO 1xx any 100-level Economics course
    • ECO 201 Macroeconomics
    • ECO 202 Microeconomics
    • JUS 1xx any 100-level Justice Studies course
    • POS 1xx any 100-level Political Science course
    • PSY 1xx any 100-level Psychology course
    • SOC 1xx any 100-level Sociology course
    • SSC 1xx any 100-level Social Science course
  • Complete 7-9 credits of any 100-level or higher electives to reach the required 121 credit hours (7-9)
  • No more than 39 credits total may be taken in any single discipline.
  • Capstone may be taken as an independent study or students may take a capstone course from a related program.

Interdisciplinary Studies Committee

  • Students may design an individualized, interdisciplinary major, under the supervision of an interdisciplinary studies committee (ISC) comprised of faculty representing the student’s primary area of study (chair) and each of the student’s areas of concentration.
  • Students are required to declare a major or write a learning proposal by the end of their third semester.
  • Learning proposals will contain:
    1. The title of the major (e.g. Art Therapy, American Cultural Studies, or Women’s Studies, for instance); and titles of primary area of study and two areas of concentration (all titles may be disciplinary or interdisciplinary);
    2. A statement of interest and intent;
    3. The name(s) of the academic advisor(s)/INT committee;
    4. An outline of courses the student will be taking in sequential order, or a “sample” curriculum specific to the interdisciplinary program, including any internships or apprenticeships for credit, and a capstone experience (program requirement);
    5. A justification for the sample curriculum, which may include any of the following where relevant:
    6. course descriptions and sample curricula from other institutions that have programs similar to that of the proposal;
    7. graduate school entry requirements in the discipline;
    8. national and/or state licensing requirements;
    9. professional standards;
    10. Outside resources to be utilized, which may include any of the following where relevant:
      1. other universities or colleges
      2. professional organizations
      3. businesses or outside agencies
      4. branches or agencies of government
      5. libraries
    11. Signature page
      1. student
      2. academic advisor/INT committee chair
      3. INT committee member I
      4. INT committee member I
      5. INT Council Chair
      6. dean
      7. provost
  • Amending the learning proposal is allowable at any time. Minor changes require the signature of the student and INT committee members (substitution of courses, for instance). Major amendments must be approved by the INT Council. The dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will determine whether an amendment is major or minor.

Clep Information

  • CLEP examinations may be taken at any time in the student’s program.

Transfer Information

  • Credit is accepted in transfer only from those institutions accredited by one of the six regional associations of schools and colleges.

Upper-Level Courses

  • A minimum of 45 upper-level credit hours (300-400 level) are required to complete the degree.
  • Upper-level courses in which a grade of “D” was received may be used to meet program requirements, but are not applicable to the minimum upper-level credit hour requirement.

This program resides under the College of Arts & Sciences

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