Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies houses programs and courses that do not directly fall under the purview of a regular College of Liberal Arts and Sciences department or established major program. For additional information about specific interdisciplinary programs, contact the Academic Affairs Office or Registrar's Office.

Minors

Required Courses 9 hrs.
American Minority Studies minor (18 hrs.)
Soc 003 Intro to Sociology 3 hrs.
Soc 116 Race Relations and Minority Groups 3 hrs.
Soc 216* Seminar: Racial-Ethnic Experiences 3 hrs.
Select from three different areas of study 9 hrs.
African-American Studies 6 hrs.
Hist 154 African-American History 3 hrs.
Hist 210 Voices of Slavery 3 hrs.
Hispanic/Latino Studies 3 hrs.
Soc 150 Hispanics & Latinos in U.S. Society 3 hrs.
Native American Studies 3 hrs.
Anthr 154 Native American Cultures or
Hist 156 American Indian History
3 hrs.
Humanities 3 hrs.
Select from the following:
  • Eng 280 African-American Literature
  • Music 140 African-American Music
  • Comm 050 Intercultural Comm
3 hrs.
*Prerequisite: Soc 003 and Soc116. Completion of 6 additional hours in the minor is recommended.

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Required Courses  
Environmental Studies minor (19-21 hrs.)
NatSc 030 Intro to Environmental Science or
Chem 010 Chem and Human Environ
4 hrs.
Soc 115 Population, Resources, and Environment 3 hrs.
Take at least two courses from: 6-7 hrs.
Bio 250 Conservation Biology 4 hrs.
Econ 215 Environmental Economics 3 hrs.
Hist 161 Environmental History 3 hrs.
Soc 215 Environmental Sociology 3 hrs.
Electives: at least two courses from: 6-7 hrs.
Select from the following (that are not already taken):
  • Bio 250
  • Econ 215
  • Hist 161
  • Soc 215
3 hrs.
Anthr 050 Intro to Anthropology or
Anthr 151 Cultural Anthropology
3 hrs.
Phys 054 Energy and Global Environment 3 hrs.
Additional Requirements  
  • A student must have at least two courses each from natural/physical sciences and social sciences.
  • No student may count more than two courses in the minor towards any specific major.
  • Note that some courses in the minor also have prerequisites.
 

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Required Courses  
Family Studies minor (18 hrs.)
Soc 003 Intro to Sociology 3 hrs.
Soc 120 Sociology of the Family 3 hrs.
Select courses from: 12 hrs.
Eng 101 Masterpieces of Lit: Families
3 hrs.
Comm 040 Interpersonal Communication 3 hrs.
Soc 115 Population, Resources, and Environment 3 hrs.
Psych 130 Child and Adolescent Psych 3 hrs.
Comm 145 Family Communication 3 hrs.
Soc 222 Sociology of Gender 3 hrs.
SocWk 135 Family Violence 3 hrs.
Student must take courses from at least three different disciplines. Note that Psych 130 has prerequisite of Psych 002, and Soc 222 has prerequisite of Soc 3.

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Courses  
Gender Studies minor (15 hrs.)
Gender Studies 090 Intro to Women's Studies 3 hrs.
Electives
Choose courses (from at least two different departments) from the list of Electives under the Gender Studies major. Additional courses and appropriate selected topics courses may be included in the minor with the approval of the Gender Studies Coordinator.
12 hrs.

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Core Requirements 9-10 hrs.
Global Studies minor (24-25 hrs.)
Select 9 hours from the following:
  • Anthr 151
  • ARH 101-107
  • Bio 250
  • Hist 010
  • Phys 054
  • PolSc 009 or
  • PolSc 020
  • Relig 015
Modern Language Requirement (any level)
6 hrs.
Emphasis Area
(Select an emphasis area from the list under the major program. Courses must be from at least two disciplines.)
9 hrs.

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Core Requirements 12 hrs.
International Affairs minor (24 hrs.)
PolSc 009 Intro to International Relations 3 hrs.
PolSc 020 Intro to Comparative Politics 3 hrs.
Two intermediate and/or upper-level International political science courses (one must be 200-level) 6 hrs.
Area Requirements 12 hrs.
Introduction to International Affairs:
(Select 2 of the following from 2 departments)
 
Anthr 151 Cultural Anthropology 3 hrs.
ARH 103 Survey Non-Western Hist 3 hrs.
Hist 010 Studies in World History 3 hrs.
Relig 015 World Religion 3 hrs.
Any course studying a specific non-U.S. culture (approved by department chair) 3 hrs.
International Policy:
(Select 2 of the following from 2 departments)
 
Econ 257 International Trade 3 hrs.
Econ 258 Economic Development 3 hrs.
Nurs/Gend 204 Women's Health: Global Persp 3 hrs.
Soc 115 Populations, Resources, Envr 3 hrs.
Any policy-oriented political science course
  • PolSc 170
  • PolSc 210
  • PolSc 270
  • PolSc 275
  • or an approved Selected Topic
3 hrs.
Courses may only count in one of the three areas for minor.

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Core Requirements 9 hrs.
Legal Studies minor (18 hrs.)
PolSc 001 U.S. Govt and Politics 3 hrs.
PolSc 135 Judicial Politics 3 hrs.
Phil 103 Critical Thinking 3 hrs.
Electives: 9 hrs.
Choose three from at least three different departments; at least one at the 200 level  
PolSc 221 Constitutional Law 3 hrs.
BusAd 211 Business Law I 3 hrs.
BusAd 212 Business Law II 3 hrs.
CrmJs 201 Criminal Law 3 hrs.
PolSc 197 Political Internship 3 hrs.
Eng 110 Advanced Composition 3 hrs.
Soc 003 Intro to Sociology 3 hrs.
Selected topics course in any discipline may count when the subject matter is appropriate

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Required Courses  
Peace and Justice Studies minor (15 hrs.)
Relig 125 Religion, Peace, and Social Justice
3 hrs.
Themed Courses:
Select at least 12 credits within one theme (the courses must be from at least two different disciplines, and may include appropriate special topics courses and/or internships as approved by the PJS coordinator and appropriate program faculty).
Please be aware that several courses in the minor are taught on a rotating basis and therefore are not always available. Students should also take careful note of required pre-requisite(s) for theme courses.
12 hrs.
Conflict and Peace: Local, National, Global
  • Anthr 163
  • CrmJs 110
  • Eng 101
  • Hist 010
  • Hist 110
  • Hist 150
  • Hist 161
  • Hist 203
  • Hist 272
  • PolSc 009
  • PolSc 271
  • PolSc 275

Issues of Economic Justice
  • BusAd 239
  • Econ 215
  • Econ 251
  • Econ 258
  • Econ 272
  • Hist 218
  • Phys 54/55
  • PolSc 210
  • Soc 115
  • Soc 227
  • SocWk 120
 
Understanding Diversity, Promoting Justice
  • Anthr 153
  • Anthr 154
  • Anthr 155
  • Anthr 156
  • Anthr 158
  • Comm 050
  • Educ 185
  • Eng 101
  • Eng 250
  • Gend 090
  • Hist 154
  • Hist 156
  • Hist 210
  • Hist 255
  • IDS 150
  • Phil 130
  • Phil 227
  • Relig 130
  • Relig 134
  • Soc 003
  • Soc 116
  • Soc 220
  • SpEd 107

Change Through Social Movements and Individual Action
  • Comm 040
  • Comm 160 or Soc 206
  • CrmJs 101
  • Phil 102
  • PolSc 120
  • PolSc 170
  • Psych 140
  • Psych 220
  • Soc 004
  • Soc 230
  • SocWk 015
 

Peace and Justice Studies is interdisciplinary; knowledge from social science, humanities, and professional fields is used to explore the causes and effects of violence and/or injustice in a variety of social contexts. The program should enable students to help develop alternatives to inequitable social structures and conditions.

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