Demonstration of Educational Depth
All students entering the Interdisciplinary Studies program must demonstrate educational depth in an academic area with at least an overall C average to receive a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree. 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. Students should see their Interdisciplinary Studies advisor as early as possible during their freshman year to choose (declare) a minor or to determine another means for meeting the requirement of academic depth. Students may also choose to complete more than one minor.
A minor is a specific area of study in a particular discipline. The minor is similar to a major, but fewer courses are required. The courses required for a minor are determined by the department that offers the minor. According to the university’s general requirements for the baccalaureate degree, students must “earn an overall adjusted (internal) grade-point average of at least 2.0 in all work and in the minor subject, if any.”
Below is a listing of all minors available, along with their requirements.
Minors (Listed By College & Department)
I. College Of Arts and Sciences
Art Studio: 24 hrs. in ART courses to include ART 201, 251, and 252, and 15 hours of ART electives with at least 6 hrs. in courses numbered 300 or above.
Art History: 24 hrs. in ART history courses to include ART 280, 281, 383, 392, 480, and an additional 6 hrs. of ART history courses 300 or above. 3 hrs. of foreign language may be taken in place of one ART history elective.
Biology: 24 hrs. in the Biological Sciences with a minimum grade of C in all courses to include BIOL 155, 156, 203, 204, 320, 370, 401, and one of the following: 326, 327, 440-441. Students may alternately receive a Biology minor in one of the following concentrations: Environmental, Marine, or Micro. Students minoring in one of these concentrations must complete BIOL 155, 156, 320, and 12 additional semester hrs. approved by the department head from courses listed in that concentration area with a minimum grade of C.
Chemistry: minor must include CHEM 105, 106, 110 (or 113 and 114), 221, 222, 226, 300, 302, and at least 3 additional semester hrs. chosen from other chemistry courses numbered 300 or above. A grade of C or better is required in each course.
Creative Writing: A minor in Creative Writing requires the completion of 18 semester hours with a minimum grade of C in all courses in English, to include English 265 or 266, English 311, English 312, English 430 (may be repeated twice if content differs), and at least 6 additional semester hours of 300-level English literature or film electives.
English: A minor in English requires the completion of 18 semester hours with a minimum grade of C in all courses in English, to include English 101 and 102, English 220, English 315 and 316 or English 321 and 322, and at least 9 semester hours of English electives from courses numbered 300 or above. A grade of C or better is required in each course.
French: 24 semester hours of French to include FREN 101, 102, 201, 202, 325, and 326, and 6 semesters hours of French electives from courses numbered 300 or above. A grade of C or better is required in each course.
Geography: A minor in Geography requires the completion of 18 semester hours from any GEOG courses or GEOL 300.
Government: A minor in Government requires the completion of 18 hours to include GOVT 101, and 15 hours of Government electives (12 hours must be at the 300+ level). A grade of C or better is required in each course.
History: 24 hrs. of History to include HIST 101, 102 or 150, 151 and 255, 256, and 12 hrs. in courses 300-level or above. A grade of C or better is required in each course.
Mass Communication: 18 semester hours to include MACO 101, 251, 370, and 9 hours of electives in MACO, 6 of which must be at the 300 level or above.
Mathematics: 9 semester hours of credit in courses approved by the head of the Department of Mathematics numbered above MATH 265. A grade of C or better is required in each course.
Music: 18 hours of courses in music to be approved by the head of the Department of Music.
Sociology: 18 semester hrs. to include SOCI 151 and 15 semester hrs. chosen from courses 300-level or above.
Spanish: A minor in Spanish requires the completion of 24 semester hours with a minimum grade of C in all courses in Spanish to include SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202, 312, 318, 324, and 3 semester hours of a Spanish elective from courses numbered 300 or above.
Speech: In order to obtain a minor in Speech, students must take a total of 18 hours of Speech courses. These will include Speech 101, plus 15 additional hours, at least 9 of which must be at the 300-level or above.
International Studies Minor
The university awards a minor in International Studies which requires the successful completion of 18 semester hours to include Geography 104 and 15 semester hours to be chosen from the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Business concentrations listed below. The fifteen (15) hours require successful completion of 6 semester hours from two of the three concentrations listed below and 3 semester hours from the remaining concentration.
- Geography 104 World Regional Geography (3)
- Art 383 Art History Survey (1900-Present) (3)
- **English 410 World Literature I (3)
- **English 411 World Literature II (3)
- History 307 Modern East Asia (3)
- History 309 Modern Middle East and South Asia (3)
- History 334 20th Century Europe (3)
- History 382 English History (3)
- History 393 French History (3)
- **History 400 Russian History (3)
- History 425 Hitler and Nazi Germany (3)
Social Sciences Concentration
- Government 331 Topics and Dynamics of Third World Politics (3)
- Government 391 International Relations and Politics (3)
- Government 416 Comparative Government (3)
- Government 421 American Foreign Policy (3)
- Sociology 324 Social Stratification (3)
- Sociology 360 Population Demographics and Dynamics (3)
- Sociology 372 Special Topics: Dynamics of Change in Latin America (3)
- Sociology 391 Racial and Ethnic Relations (3)
- Sociology 404 Social and Cultural Change (3)
- Sociology 405 Globalization (3)
- Agricultural Science 105 World Agriculture (3)
- **Economics 435 Principles of International Trade (3)
- **Finance 450 International Finance (3)
- **Marketing 475 Global Marketing (3)
- Petroleum Services Technology 302 Intercultural Communication (3)
** requires prerequisite(s)
II. College Of Business Administration
18 hrs. with a minimum grade of C in each course. Minors available and course requirements are as follows:
Accounting: ACCT 205, 221, and 12 additional hours of 300-400-level accounting courses. ACCT 206 does not count towards the Accounting minor.
Business Administration: 18 semester hours including ACCT 205, 206, BSAD 221, ECON 255, MNGT 301, and MKTG 300. Not open to students majoring in BSAD.
Information Systems: CIS 231 and 15 hrs. to be chosen from CIS electives or ACCT 351 (for a total of 18 hrs). The program of study leading to a minor in IS is designed based on student’s professional interest.
Economics: To obtain a minor in Economics students must complete ECON 211, 212, 6 hours of 300- or 400-level Economics courses, and 6 hours of 400-level Economics courses, for a total of 18 semester hours.
Finance: FINC 302, 356, 403, and 9 hrs. 300- or 400-level Finance, for a total of 18 hours.
Management: MNGT 301 and 15 semester hrs. from MNGT courses, MKTG 470 or 475, for a total of 18 hours.
Marketing: MKTG 300 and 15 hrs. from MKTG courses. At least 6 semester hrs. must be from 400-level MKTG courses and/or MNGT 455, for a total of 18 hrs.
Note: No more than 30 hours of BSAD courses can count toward the BIS degree.
III. College Of Education
Family and Consumer Sciences: 19 hrs of coursework with a minimum grade of C in each course is required for a minor. Minors available and course requirements are as follows:
Addictive Behaviors: FACS 131, 448, 461, 464, 471, NURS 307, and SOCI 387. Non-majors who elect to complete this minor must complete FACS 334, which is a prerequisite course. These courses meet the coursework requirements of the state for certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor.
FACS: FACS 131, 334, 461, 464, and PSYC 204 and 301.
Psychology and Counselor Education: Students who are not majoring in PSYC may complete a minor in the field by earning 21 semester hours of credit as follows: PSYC 101, 204 or 211, 208 or 301 or 302 or 402, and 12 hrs. of electives in PSYC. Students majoring in a teacher ed program are not allowed to select a minor in PSYC.
IV. University College
Bayou Studies: The university offers a minor in Bayou Studies after successful completion of 18 hours of courses that include content about local or regional history, literature, culture, language, and geography. Nine hours must include IDST 201 (Bayou Region Field Explorations) and ENGL 426 (Bayou Culture) as well as either ENGL 427 or HIST 371. The remaining nine hours can be chosen from the following list, with at least three of those hours coming from GEOG 375, SOCI 204, or SOCI 395:
|BIOL 215: Pirogue Biology||FREN 102: Elementary French II|
|CULA 401: Culinary History of the South||GEOG 375: Geography of Louisiana|
|CULA 279: Cajun and Creole Cuisine||HIST 371: Louisiana History|
|ENGL 326: Intro to Folklore||HUMA 303: French Literature in Translation|
|ENGL 427: Louisiana Literature||SOCI 204: Cultural Diversity of America|
|ENGL 490: Language and Culture||SOCI 395: Racial and Cultural Minorities|
|FREN 101: Elementary French I|
Students may substitute up to six hours of other special topics or themed courses that have a main focus or theme that addresses bayou studies or, more broadly, Louisiana. Approval of department head of Interdisciplinary Studies required for substitutions.
Computer Science: A minor consists of CMPS 130, 135, 221, 312, 406, 410, and 418. A grade of C or better is required in each computer science course.
Culinary Arts: Eighteen hours of course work, with a minimum grade of “C” in each course, is required for a minor in Culinary Arts. A student must complete CULA 101, CULA 111, CULA 221, and DIET 200, plus seven additional credit hours selected from the Culinary Arts curriculum.
Foodservice Strategies and Operation: Students will earn the minor upon the successful completion of the following courses: Diet 111, Diet 200, CULA 231, CULA 338, CULA 442, and CULA 492.
Humanities: 18 hours above Gen Ed requirements in the following curricula: literature, fine arts, foreign languages, history, humanities, music (non-performance courses), philosophy, or speech (non-performance). The total hours in the Humanities minor must include courses in at least three areas of the humanities outside the student’s major. Because of content, the following courses may be counted in the required 18 hours: GOVT 355 and MACO 499. At least 9 hours of the minor must be taken in courses numbered 300 or above. Three hours above degree requirements may be taken in the student’s major. This minor is available to all students in all majors.
Internet Studies and Web Development: An innovative minor is 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- and 400-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: 18 hours above General Education requirements in the following curricula: Economics, Family and Consumer Sciences, Geography, Government, Mass Communication, Psychology, and Sociology. 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 course 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.