Interdisciplinary Studies - Requirements for the Major (BA)

Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Areas of Emphasis

Self-Directed

Supporting Courses, 11-12 credits

Entrance Seminar, required:

  • IST 106                 Adult Learning Entrance Seminar, 2 credits

Communication, choose one:

  • COMM 133          Fundamentals of Public Address, 3 credits
  • COMM 336          Theories of the Interview, 3 credits

Mathematics, choose one:

  • BUS ADM 215     Introduction to Business Statistics, 3 credits
  • COMM SCI 205   Social Science Statistics, 4 credits
  • MATH 101           Intermediate Algebra, 3 credits (or more advanced math level or placement per WMPT exam)
  • MATH 260            Introductory Statistics, 4 credits

English Composition, required:

  • ENG COMP 105  Expository Writing, 3 credits

Upper-Level Courses, 36 credits

Critical Thinking, choose one:

  • ECON 307            History of Economic Thought, 3 credits
  • HUM DEV 424   The Development of Creative and Critical Thinking, 3 credits
  • PHILOS 301         Ethical Theory, 3 credits
  • PHILOS 401         Plato and Aristotle, 3 credits

Humanities, choose 6 credits:

300- or 400-level courses in the following disciplines/units: English, History, Humanistic Studies, Philosophy, FNS 372, FNS 374

Natural Science, choose 6 credits:

300- or 400-level courses in the following disciplines/units: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Human Biology, Physics, NUT SCI 300, NUT SCI 302

Social Science, choose 6 credits:

300- or 400-level courses in the following disciplines/units: Anthropology, Community Sciences, Economics, Geography, Human Development, Political Science, Psychology, Public and Environmental Affairs, Social Change and Development, Sociology, Urban and Regional Studies

Concentration, choose 12 credits:

The concentration provides an opportunity to develop competence in an area of application. The concentration consists of 300- and 400-level courses that are approved by an academic adviser.

Capstone, required:

  • IST 400                Capstone: Synthesis and Assessment of Learning, 3 credits

Organizational Communication

Supporting Courses, 17-18 credits

Entrance Seminar, required:

  • IST 106                  Adult Learning Entrance Seminar, 2 credits

Communication, required:

  • COMM 133          Fundamentals of Public Address, 3 credits
  • COMM 280          Business and Professional Communication Skills, 3 credits
  • COMM 282          Principles of Public Relations/Corporate Communication, 3 credits

Mathematics, choose one:

  • BUS ADM 215     Introduction to Business Statistics, 3 credits
  • COMM SCI 205   Social Science Statistics, 4 credits
  • MATH 101           Intermediate Algebra, 3 credits (or more advanced math level or placement per WMPT exam)
  • MATH 260            Introductory Statistics, 4 credits

English Composition, required:

  • ENG COMP 105    Expository Writing, 3 credits

Upper-Level Courses, 36 credits

Critical Thinking, choose one:

  • ECON 307            History of Economic Thought, 3 credits
  • HUM DEV 424   The Development of Creative and Critical Thinking, 3 credits
  • PHILOS 301         Ethical Theory, 3 credits
  • PHILOS 401         Plato and Aristotle, 3 credits

Humanities, choose 6 credits:

300- or 400-level courses in the following disciplines/units: English, History, Humanistic Studies, Philosophy, FNS 372, FNS 374

Natural Science, choose 6 credits:

300- or 400-level courses in the following disciplines/units: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Human Biology, Physics, NUT SCI 300, NUT SCI 302

Social Science, choose 6 credits:

300- or 400-level courses in the following disciplines/units: Anthropology, Community Sciences, Economics, Geography, Human Development, Political Science, Psychology, Public and Environmental Affairs, Social Change and Development, Sociology, Urban and Regional Studies

Organizational Communication, 12 credits:

  • COMM 333        Persuasion and Argumentation, 3 credits
  • COMM 335        Organizational Communication, 3 credits
  • COMM 336        Theories of the Interview, 3 credits
  • COMM 480        Cases in Communications and Media Management, 3 credits

Capstone, required:

  • IST 400               Capstone: Synthesis and Assessment of Learning, 3 credits

Emergency Management

Supporting Courses, 11-12 credits

Entrance Seminar, required:

  • IST 106                  Adult Learning Entrance Seminar, 2 credits

Communication, choose one:

  • COMM 133        Fundamentals of Public Address, 3 credits
  • COMM 336        Theories of the Interview, 3 credits

Mathematics, choose one:

  • BUS ADM 215     Introduction to Business Statistics, 3 credits
  • COMM SCI 205   Social Science Statistics, 4 credits
  • MATH 101           Intermediate Algebra, 3 credits (or more advanced math level or placement per WMPT exam)
  • MATH 260            Introductory Statistics, 4 credits

English Composition, required:

  • ENG COMP 105      Expository Writing, 3 credits

Upper-Level Courses, 36 credits

Critical Thinking, choose one:

  • ECON 307            History of Economic Thought, 3 credits
  • HUM DEV 424   The Development of Creative and Critical Thinking, 3 credits
  • PHILOS 301         Ethical Theory, 3 credits
  • PHILOS 401         Plato and Aristotle, 3 credits

Humanities, choose 6 credits:

300- or 400-level courses in the following disciplines/units: English, History, Humanistic Studies, Philosophy, FNS 372, FNS 374

Natural Science, choose 6 credits:

300- or 400-level courses in the following disciplines/units: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Human Biology, Physics, NUT SCI 300, NUT SCI 302

Social Science, choose 6 credits:

300- or 400-level courses in the following disciplines/units: Anthropology, Community Sciences, Economics, Geography, Human Development, Political Science, Psychology, Public and Environmental Affairs, Social Change and Development, Sociology, Urban and Regional Studies

Emergency Management, choose 12 credits:

  • PU EN AF 335   Principles and Practices of Emergency Management, 3 credits
  • PU EN AF 336   Strategic Emergency Preparedness, Planning, and Implementation, 3 credits
  • PU EN AF 337   Disaster Response Operations and Management, 3 credits
  • PU EN AF 338   Disaster Recovery, 3 credits
  • PU EN AF 339   Political and Policy Dimensions of Emergency Management, 3 credits

Capstone, required:

  • IST 400               Capstone: Synthesis and Assessment of Learning, 3 credits

Human Development

Supporting Courses, 11-12 credits

Entrance Seminar, required:

  • IST 106              Adult Learning Entrance Seminar, 2 credits

Communication, choose one:

  • COMM 133              Fundamentals of Public Address, 3 credits
  • COMM 336              Theories of the Interview, 3 credits

Mathematics, choose one:

  • BUS ADM 215              Introduction to Business Statistics, 3 credits
  • COMM SCI 205              Social Science Statistics, 4 credits
  • MATH 101              Intermediate Algebra, 3 credits (or more advanced math level or placement per WMPT exam)
  • MATH 260              Introductory Statistics, 4 credits

English Composition, required:

  • ENG COMP 105              Expository Writing, 3 credits

Upper-Level Courses, 36 credits

Critical Thinking, choose one:

  • ECON 307              History of Economic Thought, 3 credits
  • HUM DEV 424              The Development of Creative and Critical Thinking, 3 credits
  • PHILOS 301              Ethical Theory, 3 credits
  • PHILOS 401              Plato and Aristotle, 3 credits

Humanities choose 6 credits:

300- or 400-level courses in the following disciplines/units: English, History, Humanistic Studies, Philosophy, FNS 372, FNS 374

Natural Science, choose 6 credits:

300- or 400-level courses in the following disciplines/units: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Human Biology, Physics, NUT SCI 300, NUT SCI 302

Social Science, choose 6 credits:

300- or 400-level courses in the following disciplines/units: Anthropology, Community Sciences, Economics, Geography, Human Development, Political Science, Psychology, Public and Environmental Affairs, Social Change and Development, Sociology, Urban and Regional Studies

Additional Requirements, 24-25 credits

Human Development

Required course, minimum of 3 credits:

  • HUM DEV 210              Introduction to Human Development, 3 credits

Choose one of these, minimum of 1 course:

  • ANTHRO 100              Varieties of World Culture, 3 credits
  • BIOLOGY 202              Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Processes, 4 credits
  • HUM BIOL 102              Introduction to Human Biology, 3 credits
  • SOCIOL 202              Introduction to Sociology, 3 credits

Upper- Level Courses, minimum of 12 credits:

Students must complete two of the following courses and two additional courses from Human Development excluding 478, 495, 496, 497, 498.

  • HUM DEV 331              Infancy and Early Childhood, 3 credits
  • HUM DEV 332              Middle Childhood and Adolescence, 3 credits
  • HUM DEV 343              Adulthood and Aging, 3 credits

Capstone, required:

  • IST 400              Capstone: Synthesis and Assessment of Learning, 3 credits

Environmental Policy Studies

Supporting Courses, 17 credits required

Required, minimum of 2 credits:

  • IST 106              Adult Learning Entrance Seminar, 2 credits

Choose three of these, minimum of 9 credits:

  • EARTH SC 222           Ocean of Air: Weather and Climate, 3 credits
  • ECON 203              Micro Economics Analysis, 3 credits
  • ENV SCI 102              Introduction to Environmental Science, 3 credits
  • POL SCI 101              American Government and Politics, 3 credits
  • PU EN AF 102              Environment and Society, 3 credits

Mathematics, choose one, minimum of 3 credits:

  • COMM SCI 205      Social Science Statistics, 4 credits
  • MATH 101              Intermediate Algebra, 3 credits

English Composition, required 1 course:

  • ENG COMP 105              Expository Writing, 3 credits

Upper-Level Courses, 36 credits required

Critical Thinking, minimum of 3 credits required:

  • ECON 307                History of Economic Thought, 3 credits
  • HUM DEV 424          The Development of Creative and Critical Thinking, 3 credits
  • PHILOS 401              Plato and Aristotle, 3 credits

Humanities, minimum of 6 credits:

300 or 400 level courses in the following disciplines/units: English, History, Humanistic Studies, Philosophy, FNS 372, FNS 374

Natural Science, minimum of 6 credits:

300 or 400 level courses in the following disciplines/units: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Human Biology, Physics, NUT SCI 300, NUT SCI 302

Social Science, minimum of 6 credits:

300 or 400 level courses in the following disciplines/units: Anthropology, Community Sciences, Economics, Geography, Human Development, Political Science, Psychology, Public and Environmental Affairs, Social Change and Development, Sociology, Urban and Regional Studies

Environmental Policy Studies, minimum of 12 credits

Choose four of these:

  • ENV SCI 303               Conservation of Natural Resources, 3 credits
  • PU EN AF 301              Environmental Politics and Policy, 3 credits
  • PU EN AF 324              Transitioning to Sustainable Communities, 3 credits
  • PU EN AF 350              Geographic Information Systems, 3 credits
  • PU EN AF 378              Environmental Law, 3 credits
  • PU EN AF 428              Evaluating Programs in Public/Nonprofit Organizations, 3 credits
  • PU EN AF 453              Cost Benefit Analysis, 3 credits

Capstone, required minimum of 3 credits:

  • IST 400              Capstone: Synthesis and Assessment of Learning, 3 credits
Interdisciplinary Studies Program