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The major in Interdisciplinary Studies allows a student to include a broad range of disciplines in their coursework, rather than choose a particular major. A recent survey of business and non-profit executives published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities reports that today’s employers want college graduates who can “think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems” and who can “demonstrate ethical judgment and integrity; intercultural skills; and the capacity for continued new learning.” More than 74% of the executives surveyed endorsed a Liberal Arts education for students entering the global economy.

Students who wish to pursue this major should contact The Office of Student Academic Services for advising and more information. Degree requirements for the Interdisciplinary Studies major are shown below.

Curriculum

Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the College and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual.

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.
In addition to the University and College requirements for admission and graduation, including the University foreign language graduation requirement, the requirements for the major in Interdisciplinary Studies are as follows:

  1. 39 credits; 30 must be upper division.
  2. 15-18 credits must be in a single discipline, with a minimum of 12 upper-division credits. No more than 18 credits may be taken in any one area.
  3. Up to 15 credits from another college may be applied to the major.
  4. Earn a “C” or better in all courses applied toward the major. No course taken on a pass/fail basis may be counted for the major.
  5. Students choose a primary area of concentration and develop a plan of study in consultation with the program director. Courses may be taken from across the college.

Below is a list of online courses offered by the College of Arts and Letters in those disciplines which offer enough online courses to satisfy the requirement of 15-18 credits in a single discipline. Additional courses in each discipline are offered as face-to-face courses which must be taken on campus. Online courses in other disciplines are also offered by the College of Arts and Letters, and those courses may be used to fulfill the 39-credit requirement. (Searchable schedule of online courses: http://fauelearning.com/students/registration-schedule-basics/)
Students may also select an area of concentration from one of the online degree programs offered by other colleges at FAU (see http://fauelearning.com/fauonline/portfolio_category/undergraduate-online-programs/ for a listing). Working with an adviser, students will then craft a plan of study that integrates those courses with contextual material from courses in Arts and Letters.

Online courses

Core Courses:  6 credits
Take both of the following:

Course # Course Title Credits
IDS 3890 Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar 3
HUM 3949 Professional Internship 3

 

Concentration: 15 – 18 credits
Online students must choose a concentration from one of the following disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences, or from one of the other online degree programs offered by FAU.

Discipline: Communications and Multimedia Studies
Choose 5-6 of the following:

Course # Course Title Credits
MMC 1540 Intro to Multimedia Studies 3
COM 3014 Communication, Gender & Language 3
COM 4130 Strategic Communication 3
DIG 4026 History & Theory of Comparative Arts and Animation 3
DIG 4820 Web Research for Journalists 3
MMC 3403 Mass Communication Theory 3
SPC 3704 American Multicultural Discourse 3
SPC 4718 Ethnicity and Communication 3

Discipline: Anthropology
Choose 5-6 of the following:

Course # Course Title Credits
ANT 3241 Anthropology of Religion 3
ANT 3361 Cultures of South Asia 3
ANT 3586 Human Evolution 3
ANT 4302 Gender and Culture  3
ANT 4315 African American Anthropology  3
ANT 4414 Cultural Anthropology 3
ANT 4469 Culture, Gender & Health 3
ANT 4930 Images and Anthropology 3

Discipline: Political Science
Choose 5-6 of the following:

Course # Course Title Credits
POS 2041 Government of the USA 3
CPO 3003 Comparative Politics 3
POS 4024 US Immigration Policy 3
POS 4609 The Judicial Process 3
POS 3691 Law and American Society 3
POS 4204 Public Opinion and American Pol 3
POS 4931 Environmental Law and Policy (Special Topics) 3

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Degree Details
College Arts and Letters
Degree type B.A.
*Cost per credit
- In State (FL) $201.29
- Out of State (FL) $719.84
Credits needed to graduate 120
* cost per credit and total cost are calculated using tuition per credit and associated fees for the current academic year. It does not include course materials, textbook expenses, and other potential expenses related to individual courses. See academic calendar for our quarter term schedule.
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