Jun 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Interdisciplinary Studies - Professional Studies, B.A.

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Interdisciplinary Studies recognizes that academic disciplines do not exist in a vacuum and that to fully understand a subject, one must move beyond the silos of the individual disciplines and integrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are to be found in related, complementary academic subjects. Thus the student will study at least two different subjects in the Interdisciplinary program, looking for connections between them.

About the Concentration

The Interdisciplinary Studies concentration in Professional Studies provides students an opportunity to pursue a general liberal arts education while also acquiring valuable career proficiency. The Professional Studies program is aligned with many of the core attributes that employers seek in a candidate, drawing from many disciplines. Advanced coursework is required in the form of a professional focus chosen in consultation with an advisor. The Professional Studies program offers students flexibility in designing a major that meets their interests.

Total Major Requirements 36 Credits

NOTE: Of the 36 credits required for this major, at least 9 credits must be at the 300 level or higher.

Core Skills

18 credits in core skill area courses, including at least one course in each of any four of the areas. Courses that will fulfill each area are listed below. Courses that appear under multiple headings may be counted toward only one skill area. General Education requirements will not count towards courses required for Core skills; 18 credits are required in addition to General Education requirements. (Students may seek approval from the Professional Studies Coordinator to apply for courses not included in the lists below to a given Core skill area.)

Core Skill Areas

A course to develop technology skills

A course to develop creativity

A course to develop quantitative skills

A course to develop critical reading skills

Any HTY or Literature course.

A course to develop leadership or business skills

Any BUS course.

Professional Focus

A minimum of 18 credits is chosen in consultation with your advisor. The courses for a professional focus may be drawn from the list of courses required for a particular major or minor or may be individualized with the advice and approval of the Integrative Studies Program (ISP) Council. No more than two courses can be at the 100 level. Courses used for this requirement are in addition to General Education and Core Skills requirements.

Other Requirements

General Education Requirements

For specific information about general education requirements and expectations, see the General Education Requirements  in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.

Graduation Requirements

Completion of at least 120 credits and all requirements for this specific program, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.000.

Minimum Total Credits for The Degree: 120

Learning Goals

  • Students will be able to integrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are to be found in related, complementary academic subjects chosen by the student and as delineated in a clearly defined conceptual framework.

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