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)
College of Arts And Sciences
Art Studio: A minor in art studio requires the completion of 24 hours in ART courses. The minor must include ART 201, 251, and 252, and 15 hours of ART electives with at least 6 hours in courses numbered 300 or above.
Art History: A minor in art history requires the completion of 24 credit hours in art history to include Art 280, 281, 282, 383, 392, 480 and an additional 6 credit hours of art history at the 300+ level. 3 credit hours of foreign language may be taken in place of one art history elective.
Biology (general): A minor in biology requires the completion of 24 semester hours 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.
Environmental, Marine, or Microbiology: Students minoring in one of these concentrations must complete BIOL 155, 156, 320 and 12 additional semester hours approved by the department head from courses listed in the specific concentration area with a minimum grade of C.
Chemistry: A minor in Chemistry must include CHEM 105, 106, 110 (or 113 and 114), 221, 222, 226, 300, 302 and at least 3 additional semester hours chosen from other chemistry courses numbered 300 or above. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses used for the chemistry minor.
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 ENGL 265 or 266, 311, 312, and 430 (may be repeated twice if content differs) and at least six additional semester hours of 400-level ENGL 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 ENGL 220, ENGL 315 and 316 or ENGL 321 and 322, and at least 9 additional semester hours of ENGL electives from courses numbered 300 or above.
Film Studies: A minor in Film Studies requires the completion of 18 semester hours with a minimum grade of C in each course. Students can fulfill the minor by taking ENGL 240, 340, 341 and 440. All but 240 can be taken twice for credit if course content differs.
French: A minor in French requires the completion of 24 semester hours with a minimum grade of C in all courses in French to include FREN 101, 102, 201, 202, 325, 326 and 6 semester hours of French electives from courses numbered 300 or above.
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). No more than 6 hours of internship credit may be applied toward the requirements for a Minor in Government.
History: A minor in History requires the completion of 24 hours with a minimum grade of C in HIST 101-102 or 150-151, 255, 256, and 12 hours at the 300+ level.
Mass Communication: A minor in Mass Communication requires the completion of 18 semester hours to include MACO 101, 251, 370, and nine hours of electives in Mass Communication, six of which must be at the 300-level or above.
Mathematics: A minor in Mathematics requires the completion of MATH 165, 166, and 265 and nine additional hours to be chosen from MATH 355, 358, 360, 405, 407, 423, 461, 465, 471, 481, 482, 485, 488, 491, and 495. A grade of C or better is required in each course.
Music: A minor in Music is available to all students. Courses taken for the 20-hour minor in music must be approved by the Department Head. Degrees in the Department of Music are nationally accredited by and the department is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
Sociology: A minor in Sociology requires the completion of 18 semester hours to include Sociology 151 and 15 semester hours to be 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 A minor in Speech is also available to students. 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 in American Society (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 France (3)
Marketing 475 Global Marketing (3)
Petroleum Services Technology 302 Intercultural Communication (3)
College Of Business Administration
All minors in the College of Business Administration are 18 hrs. with a minimum grade of C required in each course.
Accounting: To obtain a minor in Accounting, students must complete ACCT 205, 321, and 12 additional hours of 300- or 400-level accounting courses. ACCT 206 does not count towards the Accounting minor.
Business Administration: To obtain a minor in Business Administration, students must complete ACCT 205 and 206, BSAD 221, ECON 211 or ECON 255, MNGT 301 and MKTG 300 for a total of 18 semester hours. Not open to students majoring in the College of Business Administration.
Economics: To obtain a minor in Economics students must complete ECON 211 or 255, 212, and 12 additional hours of 300- or 400-level ECON courses (at least 6 hours of which must be from 400-level ECON courses or FINC 410 or 450) for a total of 18 semester hours.
Finance: To obtain a minor in Finance students must complete FINC 302, 356, 403, and 9 additional hours of 300- or 400-level Finance, for a total of 18 semester hours.
Information Systems: To obtain a minor in Information Systems, students must complete CIS 231 and 15 credit hours to be chosen from CIS electives or ACCT 351 (for a total of 18 credit hours). The program of study leading to a minor in IS is designed based on student’s professional interest.
Management: To obtain a minor in Management students must complete MNGT 301 and 15 additional hours of 300- or 400-level Management courses and/or Marketing 470 or 475, for a total of 18 semester hours.
Marketing: To obtain a minor in Marketing students must complete MKTG 300 and 15 additional hours of 300- or 400-level Marketing courses (at least 6 of which must be from 400-level Marketing courses and/or MNGT 455), for a total of 18 semester hours.
Note: No more than 30 hours of BSAD courses can count toward the BGS degree.
College Of Education
Addictive Behaviors: FACS 131, 334, 448, 461, 464, 471, NURS 307, and SOCI 387. These courses should meet the coursework requirements of the state for certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor.
Family and Consumer Sciences: 18 hours to include FACS 131, 334, 461, 464, PSYC 204 and PSYC 301.
Psychology: Students who are not majoring in Psychology 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 hours of electives in Psychology. A minimum grade of C is required in each course for a minor.
College of Nursing and Allied Health
Health Promotion: The Department of Allied Health Sciences offers a minor in Health Promotion upon successful completion of HPED 246; DIET 111, 115, 200; and 9 hours of the following: AHSC 408; BIOL 425; DIET 305, 330; FACS 477; FCED 133; HPED 141, 240, 374, 411, 412; NURS 307, 460; PSYC 211; SATC 220; SOCI 387, 391. Students may substitute nine hours of other special topics or themed courses that have a main focus or theme that addresses health promotion. Approval of department head of Allied Health Sciences required for substitutions. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all coursework for the minor.
The World Health Organization defines health promotion as the process of enabling people to increase control over and improve their health. This minor is designed for individuals interested in health promotion and/or health/wellness in allied health organizations, fitness/wellness programs, recreation programs, and schools. The minor incorporates 20 credit hours of multidisciplinary coursework and is open to all students.
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 21 hours to include 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 105, CULA 111, CULA 221, and DIET 200, plus 7 additional credit hours selected from the Culinary Arts curriculum.
Foodservice Strategies and Operations: Foodservice Strategies and Operations Minor: The university offers a minor in Foodservice Strategies and Operations to prepare students for professions in the areas of Foodservice Management (restaurants, long-term care, and other institutional foodservice arenas). Nutrition principles are part of the curriculum and will help the graduates apply healthy menu planning and food preparation techniques in the foodservice industry or just in their personal lives. Culinary Arts and Dietetics courses will provide students with an understanding of foodservice principles and management. Individuals will learn how to eat more well-balanced diets as well as ways to increase their physical fitness and overall health for themselves and their families.
Students will earn the minor upon the successful completion of the following courses:
|DIET 111||Food and Nutrition|
|DIET 200||Applied Nutrition|
|CULA 231||Food, Beverage, and Labor Cost Control|
|CULA 338||Foodservice Inventory Selection, Procurement, and Control|
|CULA 442||Menu Design, Integration, and Promotion|
|CULA 492||Special Topics in Culinary Operations|
Humanities: 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|
|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. Three hours above degree requirements may be taken in the student’s major.
Internet Studies and Web Development: 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: 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:
|Family and Consumer Sciences||Psychology|
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.