Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES 275 INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES GEOFFREY GRUNDY, Ph.D., Program Director Individualized Studies Program This interdisciplinary program allows students to design their own curriculum based on personal preference and career goals. It leads to a B.A. degree. With Program Director approval, students can select courses from two (Option A) or three (Option B) separate disciplines from the programs listed below. This program provides the flexibility to explore historical, social and cultural perspectives while also considering the problems and issues of contemporary society. Career preparation comes from choosing appropriate courses that foster administrative skills (researching, critical thinking, organizing, planning, creating, decision-making, oral and written proficiency). The programâ€™s capstone course can be from any of the selected disciplines or it can be designed by the student in consultation with the Program Director and the appropriate Dean. Students always work in close consultation with the Program Director. Career opportunities can include communication, media advertising, professional writing, government service, law school, banking, insurance, science, language and a host of other specializations depending on the chosen discipline. Students will meet with the Program Director, draft a tentative course of study and submit it to the appropriate Dean for approval. From the electives available, students are strongly encouraged to earn a minor to complement their major discipline. The Program Director will coordinate each studentâ€™s program with faculty chosen from the fields of concentration. 1. The course work in the area of concentration is to be distributed in accordance with one of the following options: Option A: Thirty-nine upper level credits in two of the following fields; distributed as follows: 24 in a major area and 15 in a secondary area. Business Communication Criminal Justice Theatre and Com/Art Education English Fine Arts Foreign Languages & Culture History Legal Studies Philosophy Political Science Psychology Social Work Sociology Theology Option B: Option B requires 42 upper level credits. Thirty of them will be from two of the fields listed above (18 credits in one: 12 from another). The final 12 credits can be completed in any program or department in the University. Students are encouraged to use this option to earn a minor related to their career. 2. Liberal Studies Core: All courses taken in fulfillment of either option are in addition to the requirements of the core as specified for the Bachelor of Arts degree. 3. Speech (3 credits), Math (3 credits) and Foreign Language (6 credits) are required.