2022-2023 Catalog

Interdisciplinary Studies

The Interdisciplinary Studies program leads to a baccalaureate degree combining the general education core, a particular academic focus that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries, and electives to total a minimum of 120 semester hours. The Interdisciplinary Studies program is designed to provide a framework of study in which a focus can be designed by faculty across disciplines to meet the specific and dynamic demands of changing career fields. This program is purposefully designed to allow students to pursue particular areas of interest while learning to use multiple disciplinary and academic methodologies in the exploration of existing bodies of knowledge. Students with these differing approaches will gain skills and depth of knowledge in their areas of interest.

Students must have a 2.00 GPA to qualify, and must maintain at 2.00 GPA to graduate in the Interdisciplinary Studies major.

Degree Requirements

Area I – Foundation Skills - 3 hours

FSL 101Foundations of Scholarship and Learning

3

or

HON 101First Year Honors Seminar

3

FSL 101 is required for new and transferring students with less than 24 credit hours. Students must earn a "C" or higher in FSL 101 or HON 101.

Area I - Rhetoric and Communication - 9 hours

ENG 101English Composition I

3

ENG 102English Composition II

3

or

HON 110Honors English Seminar

3

BUA 251/ENG 251Business Communications

3

or

ENG 225Spoken Word and Public Performance

3

or

SPEE 220Fundamentals of Speech

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in ENG 101 and ENG 102 or HON 110.

Area I - Mathematics - 3 or 4 hours

Choose one from the following:
MATH 110Mathematics for the Liberal Arts

3

MATH 111College Algebra

3

MATH 119Precalculus

3

MATH 121Calculus I

4

Area I - Computer Literacy - 3 hours

Choose one from the following:
CIS 170Introduction to Microcomputer Applications

3

or

ED 190Introduction to Computers for Instruction

3

Area II - The Arts - 3 hours

Choose one from the following:
ART 191Enhancing Art Understanding

3

ENG 210Introduction to Film Studies

3

MU 129Music Listening

3

THR 100Introduction to Theatre

3

Area II - Literature in English - 3 hours

Choose one from the following:
ENG 215Introduction to Literature

3

ENG 216Topics in Literature

3

Area II - Social Science and Humanities - 6 hours

PHIL 201Introduction to Philosophy

3


AND choose one from the following:
ANTH 210/SOC 210Cultural Anthropology

3

ECON 241Principles of Macroeconomics

3

ECON 242Principles of Microeconomics

3

GEOG 200World Regional Geography

3

HON 221Humanities & Social Sciences Honors Seminar

3

POLSC 223Introduction to American National Government & Politics

3

POLSC 224Introduction to American State and Local Government & Politics

3

PSY 201General Psychology

3

PSY 211Psychology of Human Growth & Development

3

SOC 221Introduction to Sociology

3

SOC 223Social Problems

3

SOC 243Peoples and Cultures of the World in Sociological Perspective

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in PHIL 201.

Area II - History - 6 hours

Choose one sequence from the following:
HIS 111History of Western Civilization I

3

and

HIS 112History of Western Civilization II

3

or

HIS 191World Civilization to 1500

3

and

HIS 192World Civilization since 1500

3

or

HIS 201History of the United States I

3

and

HIS 202History of the United States II

3

Area II - The Natural Sciences - 7-8 hours

Choose two different science disciplines from the following:
ASTR 100Introduction to Astronomy

4

BIO 100Principles of Biology

4

BIO 111General Biology I

3

and

BIO 111LGeneral Biology I Lab

1

CHEM 103Fundamentals of Chemistry

3

and

CHEM 103LFundamentals of Chemistry Lab

1

CHEM 111General Chemistry I

3

and

CHEM 111LGeneral Chemistry I Lab

1

HON 140From Atoms to Evolution

4

PHY 201College Physics I

4

PHY 210General Physics I

4

PS 100Physical Science

4

SCI 105Special Topics in Science

4

Specific Disciplinary emphasis - 42 hours

Choose sufficient courses in consultation with faculty to complete a 21-hour concentration in each of two disciplines within the 120 hour degree requirement.

Students must earn a "C" or higher in emphasis requirements.

Required for Interdisciplinary Studies - 6 hours


IDS 475Senior Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies

3

PHIL 312Ethics

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in Interdisciplinary Studies.

General Electives - 27-32 hours

Select sufficient courses from any academic discipline to bring the total hours for graduation to a minimum of 120.

The student must complete a total of 45 upper level hours including 15 hours in 400 level courses. 

Total GEC Credit Hours (40-45 hours)

Total Specific Disciplinary emphasis (42 hours)
Other required courses for Interdisciplinary Studies (6 hours)
General Electives (27-32 hours)

120 minimum hours required for graduation.