Interdisciplinary Studies: Requirements for the Major

Interdisciplinary Major, (48-61 credits)

Supporting Courses, (12-13 credits):

Entrance Seminar, required:

IST 106: Adult Learning Seminar (3 credits)

Writing Course, (One (1) of These):

COMM 280: Business and Professional Communication Skills (3 credits)

ENG COMP 105: Expository Writing (3 credits)

Communication Skills, (One (1) of These):

COMM 133: Fundamentals of Public Address (3 credits)

COMM 336: Theories of the Interview (3 credits)

Mathematics, (One (1) of These):

Note: MATH 101 may be waived with a higher Wisconsin Mathematics Placement Test (WMPT) score.

BUS ADM 216: Business Statistics (4 credits)

COMM SCI 205: Social Science Statistics (4 credits)

MATH 101: Intermediate Algebra (3 credits)

MATH 260: Introductory Statistics (4 credits)

Upper-Level Courses, (24 credits):

Critical Thinking, (One (1) of These):

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, required:

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.

Area of Emphasis: Arts, (18 credits):

One (1) of These:

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)

Five (5) of These:

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

Area of Emphasis: Corporate Communication, (24 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, (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)

Area of Emphasis: Emergency Management, (12 credits):

Choose Twelve (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)

Area of Emphasis: Environmental Policy Studies, (21 credits):

Three (3) of These:

ECON 203: Micro Economic 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)

Four (4) 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: Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation (3 credits)

PU EN AF 453: Cost Benefit Analysis (3 credits)

Area of Emphasis: Human Development, (18-19 credits):


HUM DEV 210: Introduction to Human Development (3 credits)

One (1) of These:

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)

Area of Emphasis: Leadership in Public Service, (21 credits):


PU EN AF 215: Introduction to Public Administration (3 credits)

One (1) of These:

POL SCI 101: American Government and Politics (3 credits)

PU EN AF 202: Introduction to Public Policy (3 credits)


PU EN AF 344: Leadership in Organizations (3 credits)

Four (4) of These:

BUS ADM 389: Organizational Behavior (3 credits)

PU EN AF 315: Public and Non-Profit Management (3 credits)

PU EN AF 407: Service in the Public Sector (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.