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DEPARTMENT OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

Office: 252 Elkins
Phone: 985-448-4459
Professor: A. Davis.
Associate Professor: R.A. Alexander  (Head), Giguette, K. White.
Assistant Professors: A. Alexander, K. Allemand, C. Richard.

Mission

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies coordinates and fosters cross-disciplinary connections across all disciplines to help students realize their academic, personal, and professional aspirations.  For those students who wish to design their own course of study, the department offers the B.G.S. degree, an interdisciplinary degree that provides a flexible course of study with a strong foundation in the liberal arts. Because students are required to  demonstrate depth in an academic  area and to take courses in oral and written communication and the humanities, the Bachelor of General Studies Degree provides an interdisciplinary emphasis that prepares students for entry into postgraduate studies and the professional world with a new global focus. The department also cultivates greater opportunities for service learning and leadership initiatives across all disciplines and coordinates campus-wide development of interdisciplinary minors and activities available to all majors.

DEGREES AWARDED

The university awards two degrees in General Studies: the Bachelor of General Studies and the Associate of General Studies. Students seeking to earn either degree must complete all University College requirements and satisfy the minimum requirements of the university and the specific requirements for the degree.

The Bachelor of General Studies Degree Program allows students to create an interdisciplinary course of study across academic disciplines and professional fields with the following requirements:

  • A formalized plan of study approved by a departmental advisor.
  • A maximum of 6 semester hours in HPED activity courses. No more than 6 hours of performance music courses may be applied toward the BGS degree (except for those students completing an approved music minor).
  • A maximum of 30 semester hours of credit toward the Bachelor of General Studies degree taken within the College of Business Administration (excluding 3 hours of economics which may be counted as General Education).
  • A minimum of 63 hours at the 200-level or above.
  • At least 45 hours of courses numbered 300 or above,  9 of which must be at the 400-level.
  • Demonstration of educational depth in an academic area with at least an overall C average. This depth is most easily demonstrated by way of an academic minor of at least 18 hours, 9 hours of which are at the 300-level or above. For graduation purposes, this academic depth must be approved by the Interdisciplinary Studies department head.
  • Completion of either IDST 405 or IDST 410 with a grade of C or better.

Students must complete the last fifteen hours of the Bachelor of General Studies Degree while registered in the General Studies curriculum.

Minors

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers four minors in a variety of subject matters. Any baccalaureate degree seeking student  is able to obtain a minor listed below upon graduation if specified course requirements are met.

Computer Science (CMPS)

The university offers a minor in Computer Science upon the successful completion of CMPS 130, 135, 221, 312, 406, 410, and 418. A grade of C or better is required in each computer science course.

Humanities (HUMA)

The University offers a minor in the Humanities upon the successful completion of at least 18 hours above GENED requirements in the following curricula:

  • Fine Arts
  • GOVT 355
  • History
  • MACO 499 Humanities
  • Foreign Languages
  • Literature
  • Music (Non-performance courses)
  • Philosophy
  • Speech (Non-performance courses)

The total hours in the humanities minor (18) must include courses in at least three areas of the humanities outside the student’s major with a minimum of 9 hours in courses numbered 300 or above. A maximum of 9 hours of travel-study courses in any of these curricula may be selected for the minor. Three hours above degree requirements may be taken in the student’s major.

Internet Studies and Web Development (ISWD)

An innovative minor offered to students wishing to supplement their major with knowledge of the Internet while focusing on different areas including Web tools, webpage and online database creation, and other current topics. The minor consists of CMPS 125, CMPS 250, CMPS 340, CMPS 470 and 6 hours of 300-and400-level electives that address content and issues related to Internet Studies and Web Development. Preferably these 6 hours of electives will be in courses in the student’s major. These electives must be approved by the Head of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Social  Sciences (SSCI)

The university offers a minor in the Social Sciences upon the successful completion of at least 18 hours above General Education requirements in the following curricula:

Economics   Mass Communication
Family and Consumer Sciences                     Psychology
Geography   Sociology
Government  

The total hours in the social sciences minor (18) must include courses in at least three areas of the social sciences outside the student’s major with a minimum of 9 hours in courses numbered 300 or above. A maximum of 9 hours of travel-study courses in any of these curricula may be selected for the minor. Three hours above degree requirements may be taken in the student’s major.

Bachelor of General Studies Degree in General Studies

  • (CLR) Computer Literacy Requirement;
  • (GER) General Education Requirement;
  • (OCR) Oral Communication Requirement;
  • (UR) University Requirement
FRESHMAN YEAR Sem.Hrs SOPHOMORE YEAR Sem.Hrs.
ENGL 101, 102 (GER) 6 Computer Literacy Elective (CLR) 2
Freshman Seminar Course (UR) 1 Literature Elective (GER) 3
Fine Arts Elective (GER) 3 Humanities Elective 6
HIST  Elective (GER) 3 Natural Science Electve (GER) 3
Humanities Elective (GER) 3 Oral Communication Course (OCR) 3
MATH Electives (GER) 6 Social Science Elective (GER) 3
Natural Science Sequence (GER) 6 Electives 9
Social Science Elective (GER) 3 Electives 29
  31    
       
JUNIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs SENIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs.
Writing Intensive Course (GER) 3 Electives 24
Electives 24 Humanities Elective 3
Approved Elective* 3 IDST 405 or 410 3
  30   30

*To be chosen from the following: ART 280, 281, 282, 383, 384, 392, 480; CULA 401, 492; ENGL 326,332,  363, 410, 411, 424, 426, 427, 466, 467, 468, 475,  490, 491, 493; FNAR 301, 302; GEOG 375, 376, 401, 403; GOVT 250, 331, 355, 391, 412, 416, 421; HIST 201, 301, 307, 309, 311, 333, 334, 350, 365, 368,  382, 393, 400, 405, 416, 425, 435; HUMA 350, 351,  405, 426, 450,  451; IDST 420;  MACO 355, 370, 452; MUS 407; PHIL 400; PSYC 303; SOCI 204, 324, 360, 372, 380, 390, 395, 400, 404, 405; SPCH 300, 302, 330, 363,   or any foreign language elective.

Total Hours Required for Degree: 120

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Entry into the Major and the Associate of General Studies Degree

In support of University College’s commitment to serve the needs of exploratory students, the Associate of General Studies Degree has been designed to prepare students for entry into one of the many baccalaureate degree programs offered by the university. The AGS degree validates the importance of general education as a foundation for academic achievement in the selected baccalaureate degree and for future professional advancement. Students may be accepted into the A.G.S. degree program (GSAS major) before completing 61 hours of coursework. All GSAS majors are advised as though they are exploratory students.

The university awards the Associate of General Studies Degree to a student who, in addition to satisfying the university’s minimum requirements for graduation, meets the following requirements: No more than 2 semester hours of H&PE activity courses and no more than 6 hours of performance music courses may be applied toward the A.G.S. Degree. 6 hours of a two-course sequence in a physical or a biological science and 3 hours in a natural science area other than that selected for the sequence as specified in the GER Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree.

Associate of General Studies Degree in General Studies

FIRST YEAR Sem.Hrs SECOND YEAR Sem.Hrs.
ENGL 101, 102 (GER) 6 Fine Arts Elective (GER) 3
Freshman Seminar Course (UR) 1 Computer Literacy Elective (CLR) 2
HIST  Electives (GER) 3 Electives 18
Humanities Elective (GER) 3  Literature Elective (GER)  3
MATH  Electives (GER) 6 Oral Communication Course (OCR) 3
Natural Science Electives (GER) 6   29
Social Science Electives (GER) 6    
  31    
       

Total Hours Required for Degree: 60

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