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Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies:

Develop strong analytical skills and a diverse knowledge base

The BA in Interdisciplinary Studies is a flexible degree program that allows students to incorporate differing fields of interest into a college degree or transfer from community college with diverse credits. It allows motivated students to design a major that directly reflects their own personal, educational, and professional goals, including even the inter-relationship between professional programs and fields in the Liberal Arts & Sciences. In addition to coursework in three disciplines, students also further explore the inter-relationships among disciplines through a senior year Capstone experience where they have the opportunity to develop and complete an original piece of work.

 

Major Learning Outcomes

Students completing this program will be able to:

  1. Identify and apply the theories, methods, and critical perspectives of three academic disciplines.
  2.  Apply a plan of research to produce an interdisciplinary understanding of an intellectual question or to a single problem or set of problems concerning contemporary society.
  3. Demonstrate information literacy skills
  4. Communicate ideas clearly in written and oral form.
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking skills and professional ethics at levels required for effective performance in professional contexts.

Policies and Conditions:

  • Students must take at least 24 credits in overall courses (including ACC and Open Electives) at the 300/400 level.
  • Students must also take a course involving research before their senior year, either in their concentrations or as an open elective.
  • The Capstone must be interdisciplinary, combining at least two of the areas studied.
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: A minimum GPA of 2.7 is required in concentration courses.
  • A minimum grade of C+ is required in both IS 470 and IS 480.

Requirements

I. Major Requirements (42 credits)

Four (4) courses (12 credits) each in three (3) concentration areas to be determined in consultation with the student’s advisor. Examples of such concentration areas include but are not limited to:

  • History (HI courses)
  • Political Science (PO courses)
  • Psychology (PS Courses)
  • Literature (EN courses designated as literature)
  • Geography (GP courses)
  • Science/Math (BI, SC, MA courses, AF 309)
  • Humanities (AR, PH, MU, RL, SP, AM 210, EN 211, EN 212, EN 353, EN 356, EN 355, EN 356)
  • Professional Study (Areas such as Business, Design, Criminal Justice, Vet Tech, Media Communications, etc. that involve a specific professional training)
  • IS 470 – Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Research Seminar 3 credits
  • IS 480 – Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Capstone 3 credits

II. All College Curriculum Requirements (18-30 credits)

  • Science Elective 3 Credits (If not taken in a concentration)
  • History Elective 3 Credits (If not taken in a concentration)
  • Literature Elective 3 Credits (If not taken in a concentration)
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 credits (If not taken in a concentration)
  • Math Elective 3 credits (If not taken in a concentration)
  • Social World Elective 3 credits (If not taken in in a concentration)
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 Credits
  • CC 101 – First Year Seminar
  • EN 101 – Expository Writing
  • EN 102 – Composition and Literature

III. All College Curriculum and Open Electives (48-60 credits)

  •  Four (4) All-College Curriculum Electives (any courses except courses connected to the three concentrations) 12 credits
  • Open Electives 36-48 credits (This will depend on how many ACC requirements listed above are satisfied with courses taken in the three concentrations)
  • An interdisciplinary internship (IS 440) may be taken as an option in place of an Open Elective.
  • IS 440 – Interdisciplinary Studies Internship 3 credits

Total Credits: 120

 

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The Interdisciplinary Studies Program lays a foundation for work in a variety of professional areas by producing creative, independent thinkers who are able to carve out career paths and to determine the advanced training, additional course work, or graduate programs that they need to fulfill their goals.