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Aksel Casson, Alice DelVecchio, Richelle Dykstra, Ahmad Khalili, Cindy LaCom, Susan Parsons, Armand Policicchio
The BS, Interdisciplinary Programs is an outcome based degree that draws upon the richness of a liberal arts curriculum, incorporating and joining together social science theory and practice with theory and practice from the professions. This degree can lead into employment after graduation or to graduate school. The degree can be a stand-alone degree; it can be part of a program of studies that utilizes two majors (Interdisciplinary Programs and another major) or it can link Interdisciplinary Programs and one of more minors. The faculty in the Department of Interdisciplinary Programs encourages students to develop programs of study that link complimentary areas together, as described above. This approach can lead to the development of broader knowledge and understanding and the development of multiple skill areas. These are important assets to any student as they seek employment and/or look to graduate work.
The BS, Interdisciplinary Programs degree offers the student a choice among seven concentrations, many with specific subfields. They are:
Concentrations and subfields, where noted, are available in the following areas:
- Applied Anthropology
- Biological Anthropology
- Cultural Anthropology
- Cultural Area Studies (this concentration is jointly operated by both the Department of Interdisciplinary Programs and the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures)
- American Studies
- Asian Studies
- European Studies
- Latin American Studies
- Middle East Studies
- Gender and Diversity Studies
- Liberal Arts
- On-campus Degree Completion
- Online Degree Completion
- Individually Designed Program of Study
- Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management
- Applied Sociology
- Medical Sociology
- Public Sociology
Minors offered by the Department of Interdisciplinary Programs are:
- Leadership Studies
- Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management
Other minors/programs associated with individual faculty in the Department of Interdisciplinary Programs are:
- Asian Studies Minor (with the Asian Studies Program)
- Gender and Diversity Studies Minor (with the Gender and Diversity Studies Center)
The BS, Interdisciplinary Programs degree is a 42 credit hour program. It has five outcomes that are common to all of the concentrations. They are:
- Oral and Written Communication Outcomes – 6 credits
- Interpersonal Skills and Civic Responsibility Outcomes – 6 credits
- Quantitative, Analytical and Critical Thinking Skills Outcomes – 6 credits
- Emphasis Area Outcomes – 24 credits
Experiential Learning Requirement
5. Experiential Learning Outcomes – credit or non-credit
Each concentration assigns different courses to be taken to meet the outcomes. Please check the Curriculum Guides for each concentration for specific course requirements. Where the guides indicate that the course requirement is by advisement, please consult with your academic advisor for the courses needed to meet that particular requirement. The Experiential Learning requirement is one that is completed over the course of your time within the concentration. Students can complete this requirement with credit coursework and/or non-credit activities approved by your advisor. See your advisor for details.
Requirements for the Liberal Arts Concentration
Please note that students seeking the Liberal Arts concentration must meet one of the following requirements:
- On-campus Degree Completion: open only to current SRU students having a 2.00 GPA and at least 90 credits. A meeting with a faculty member in the department is required before a student’s change of major into the department is accepted.
- Online Degree Completion: must have a 2.00 GPA; open to current students, readmitted students and transfer students. A meeting with a department faculty member, by phone, e-mail or in person is required before a student’s change of major or declaration of major into the department is accepted.
- Individually Designed Program: current students must have a 2.00 GPA and less than 90 credits and is open to transfer students with a transfer GPA of at least a 2.00. A meeting with a department faculty member in the department is required before a student can declare a major in the department.
Newly admitted students (First Year students or Transfer students) can declare a major and select a concentration upon admission to the university.
Current students, after their initial semester of attendance, must have earned a 2.00 GPA before they can change their major to Interdisciplinary Programs.
Students are encouraged to examine the Department of Interdisciplinary Programs website and/or contact the department for more detailed information about courses, activities, student organizations, career information for the concentration and graduate student opportunities.