Interdisciplinary Studies - Requirements for the Major (BA)

Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Total, 48-61 credits

Supporting Courses, 12-13 credits

Entrance Seminar, required, 3 credits:

  • IST 106      Adult Learning Seminar, 3 credits

Writing Course, choose one, 3 credits:

  • COMM 280           Business and Professional Communication Skills, 3 credits
  • ENG COMP 105   Expository Writing, 3 credits

Communication Skills, choose one, 3 credits:

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

Mathematics, choose one, 3-4 credits:

  • BUS ADM 216     Business Statistics, 4 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

Upper-Level Courses, 24 credits

Critical Thinking, choose one, 3 credits:

  • 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, Geoscience, 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, Democracy and Justice Studies, Sociology, Urban and Regional Studies

Capstone course, required, 3 credits:

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

Areas of Emphasis

Students must complete the requirements for one of the following areas of emphasis to satisfy the requirements for the Interdisciplinary Studies major.

Arts, 18 credits

Choose one of the following, 3 credits:

  • AVD 121              Survey of Western Music, 3 credits
  • AVD 141              Introduction to Theatre Arts, 3 credits
  • AVD 221              Popular Music Since 1955, 3 credits
  • AVD 261              Understanding the Arts, 3 credits
  • ARTS MGT 257   Arts in the Community, 3 credits

Choose five of the following, 15 credits:

  • AVD 327      Jazz History, 3 credits
  • AVD 328      Musical Theatre History, 3 credits
  • AVD 329      World Music, 3 credits
  • AVD 360      Art and Ideas, 3 credits
  • AVD 370      Modern American Culture, 3 credits
  • AVD 372      Women, Art and Image, 3 credits

Students may substitute a course from the following list if they are able to take on-campus courses:

  • Studio Arts and Art History courses, "ART" prefix
  • Applied Music, "MUSIC" prefix
  • Theatre History, Applied Theatre, "THEATRE" prefix

Corporate Communication, 24 credits

Required courses, 21 credits:

  • COMM 102      Introduction to Communication, 3 credits
  • COMM 133      Fundamentals of Public Address, 3 credits
  • COMM 282      Principles of Public Relations/Corporate Communications, 3 credits
  • COMM 305      Elements of Electronic Media, 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

Elective, choose one, 3 credits:

  • AVD 375          Communication Skills: Language of Metaphor, 3 credits
  • COMM 308      Information Technologies, 3 credits
  • COMM 333      Persuasion and Argumentation, 3 credits
  • COMM 337      Small Group Communication, 3 credits
  • COMM 380      Communication Law, 3 credits
  • COMM 430      Information, Media and Society, 3 credits
  • COMM 445      Human Communication Theory, 3 credits
  • COMM 497      Internship, 1-12 credits

Emergency Management, 12 credits

Required courses, 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

Environmental Policy Studies, 21 credits

Choose three of the following, 9 credits:

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

Choose four of the following, 12 credits:

  • 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      Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation, 3 credits
  • PU EN AF 453      Cost Benefit Analysis, 3 credits

Human Development, 18-19 credits

Required course, 3 credits:

  • HUM DEV 210      Introduction to Human Development, 3 credits

Choose one of the following, 3-4 credits:

  • 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

Additional requirements, 12 credits:

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

Leadership in Public Service, 21 credits

Required course, 3 credits:

  • PU EN AF 215      Introduction to Public Administration, 3 credits

Choose one of the following, 3 credits:

  • POL SCI 101        American Government and Politics, 3 credits
  • PU EN AF 202      Introduction to Public Policy, 3 credits

Required course, 3 credits:

  • PU EN AF 344      Leadership in Organizations, 3 credits

Choose four of the following, 12 credits:

  • BUS ADM 389      Organizational Behavior, 3 credits
  • PU EN AF 315      Public and Nonprofit Management, 3 credits
  • PU EN AF 415      Public and Nonprofit Budgeting, 3 credits
  • PU EN AF 430      Seminar in Ethics and Public Action, 3 credits
  • PU EN AF 452      Planning Theory and Methods, 3 credits

Self-Directed, 12 credits

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.
Interdisciplinary Studies Program