Interdisciplinary Studies B.A.
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES MAJORS (BA/BS)
The Interdisciplinary Major is designed to give students a chance to create a major that addresses the needs of the individual student. A committee made up of an advisor and faculty members from the disciplinary areas in which the student has chosen to study will guide the student through developing the Interdisciplinary Studies major. This committee will also oversee the student’s progression through the degree program. An Interdisciplinary Studies major under the Bachelor of Arts degree consists of coursework from two discipline areas along with a minor in another area and foreign language course requirements. An Interdisciplinary Studies major under the Bachelor of Sciences degree incorporates a broader range of courses from two to three discipline areas. Students have a chance to tailor a set of learning objectives and develop courses around those objectives to meet their academic goals.Examples of Interdisciplinary Studies majors:
Art Therapy: Combining art, biology and psychology courses
Equine Law: Combining equestrian science and legal studies courses
Event Planning: Combining business and communications courses
Animal Assisted Therapy: Combining biology, psychology and equestrian courses
Forensic science: Combining criminal law, biology and psychology courses
Liberal Arts: Combining history, philosophy, and literature courses
Equine Advertising: Combining equestrian administration and communications courses
PROCESS FOR DESIGNING AN INTERDISCIPLINARY MAJOR
Students interested in designing an Interdisciplinary major must:
_____1. Contact the Coordinator of Academic Advising, and then--with the Coordinator’s help-- decide on the combination of programs involved and on pursuit of a BA or BS degree.
_____2. Collaborate with his / her faculty advisor to solicit a faculty member from each discipline area to serve on an Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee. The student’s faculty advisor may choose to be a member of this committee.
_____3. Design a degree program that includes the following components:
Bachelor of Arts Degree:
_____a. Between 30-36 hours of coursework in two different areas
_____b. A minor from the list of current offered minors
_____c. Foreign language courses (if not already fulfilled)
_____d. An independent study capstone course that requires a thesis or project for the purpose of synthesizing the program
Bachelor of Science Degree:
_____a. Between 60-70 hours of coursework in 2-3 different discipline areas with a minimum of 20 hours in each area
_____b. An independent capstone course that requires a thesis or project for the purpose of synthesizing the program
_____ 4. Develop a set of program objectives and a list of attendant courses.
_____ 5. Develop assessments for program objectives.
_____ 6. Get Academic Dean’s signed approval for proposed major.
_____ 7. Give Registrar a copy of proposed major course outline for senior audit record keeping.
_____ 8. Set up regular semester meetings with advisory committee to report on progress in the major.
_____ 9. Participate in Senior Assessment Day and report to a faculty member or faculty group for Assessment Day activities (student may pick among any of the specific activities planned for majors directly related to his / her IM program).
o The minimum GPA required to set up an Interdisciplinary Major is 2.0, unless one of the majors involved has a higher GPA requirement, in which case that GPA becomes the minimum standard.
o Student must fulfill all prerequisites for selected courses.
o Each IM program of study must be approved a minimum of 3 semesters prior to expected graduation date of involved student.
o Each IM must include a minimum number of upper level (300-400) courses equal to or greater than the course requirements required by any one of the component majors.
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