Course Details

Interdisciplinary Studies, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

120 credits

The Interdisciplinary Studies major is a unique opportunity to construct a university major that meets studentsí intellectual interests and career objectives. This interdisciplinary experience provides students with an alternative to the existing four-year programs available at Plymouth. The Interdisciplinary Studies major provides flexibility by encouraging students to select courses from a variety of academic disciplines and, in effect, lets students design their own education. The areas of study open to students are limited only by interest, imagination, and energy.

The Interdisciplinary Studies major consists of a minimum of 45 credit hours integrating two or more disciplines. These credits must include at least 24 or 27 credits of upper-division (3000/4000 level) course work, depending on the Option chosen. The Multi-Field Studies Option requires a minimum of six upper-division credits in each discipline used.

In addition to the courses in the Interdisciplinary Studies major, students must complete the General Education requirements. As with all majors, Directions courses cannot be counted in the major. A Quantitative Reasoning in the Discipline Connection (QRCO), a Technology in the Discipline Connection (TECO), and a Writing in the Discipline Connection (WRCO) must be included in the studentís contract. Students must complete the Universityís minimum credit (120) requirement. Upon completion of the program, students will receive either a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.

The foreign language requirement for all BA degrees calls for 0-8 credits: one year of one language (6-8 credits); or one 3000/4000 level world language course (3 credits); or being a native speaker of a language other than English (zero credit). American Sign Language I and II fulfill this requirement; however, American Sign Language does not satisfy the Global Awareness Connection.

Students submit an application and have a contract accepted and approved by the Interdisciplinary Studies Council before declaring the Interdisciplinary Studies major. To initiate the application process, students are required to meet with a member of the Interdisciplinary Studies Council in the College of University Studies or e-mail is-council@plymouth.edu. Applications are reviewed throughout the academic year. They are due the first day of the month, September through December and February through May.

Students are responsible for designing their Interdisciplinary Studies major with the assistance of faculty advisors either on the Council (for Thematic Studies) or from each of the disciplines used (for Multi-Field Studies). When designing their major, students choose one of two options:

Option ONE: Multi-Field Studies. The Multi-Field Studies Option of the Interdisciplinary Studies major gives students the chance to focus on two or three fields of study (maximum of three disciplines). This program provides an option for students who have intellectual and career objectives that would benefit from a combination of existing disciplines. There have been many successful examples of students who have selected Multi-Field Studies at Plymouth State: one student, preparing for a career in technology management, combined courses in business and computer science; another student, who wanted a career in the publishing field, selected offerings from art and English; a third student, with a career objective of becoming a biological illustrator, constructed the major from the fields of art and biology. Students are responsible for designing their Multi-Field Studies Option with the assistance of faculty advisors from each of the disciplines represented in the major.

It is recommended that students take IS 2222 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies. Students are required to take IS 4444 Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar. A minimum of 24 credits in this Option must be completed at the 3000/4000 level.

Students submit an application and have a contract accepted and approved by the Interdisciplinary Studies Council before declaring the Interdisciplinary Studies/Multi-Field Studies major.

Option TWO: Thematic Studies. The Thematic Studies Option of the Interdisciplinary Studies major allows students to construct courses around a chosen focus. Students may select courses from any number of disciplines as long as they can be related to a common theme. Thematic possibilities are unlimited and may include such topics as: world hunger, race in America, postmodern methodologies, global warming, etc. Students are responsible for designing their major with the assistance of a faculty advisor who has experience with the theme and will approve of the courses to be included in the contract.

Students are required to take IS 2222 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies and IS 4444 Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar. IS 2222 provides a forum for constructing the Thematic Studies contract. A minimum of 27 credits in this Option must be completed at the 3000/4000 level.

Students submit to the Interdisciplinary Studies Council an application to have their advisor-approved contract accepted and approved by the Council. Only then may the student declare the Thematic Studies option of the Interdisciplinary Studies major.

*All course information is from the 2013-2014 Catalog.