Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

Interdisciplinary Programs, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Cultural Area Studies


The curriculum in this program will provide students the opportunity to connect with other cultures, understand global issues, and correlate what they learn in the classroom to global and local settings. Among the fields studied: history, politics, languages, anthropology, philosophy, the arts and literature. Students will have diverse experiences, and through internships, take part in international travel and study to apply what they’ve learned to real-world situations. Students can choose to study American studies, Asian studies, European studies, Latin-American studies and Middle East studies. This program is designed to take a multi-disciplinary and integrative approach to learning. Students will learn how societies and cultures develop, grow, change and interact within and between other societies. Cultural sensitivity and literacy, including language skills, are important areas that will be developed through an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes theoretical classroom knowledge that is applied through student faculty research, internships, and practicums, and international travel and study. An integrative research project is a capstone experience required of all students. This project will build upon experiences inside and outside the classroom and integrate classroom theory and application.


With a degree in cultural area studies, students will be well-positioned to embark on a wide variety of careers, including international non-governmental organizations and international nonprofit agencies, airline and travel, teacher/professor, international law, environmental agencies, business, health and education, diplomatic positions and more.

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Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
Other Basic Requirments0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements42

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Science Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Science Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

major Requirements

  • 21 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 21 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above (Adviser approved courses)
  • Courses used in this major may not be used to satisfy ROCK Studies 2, a minor, or another major’s requirements.
  • AP, Credit by Exam, CLEP, and institutional credit by exam may count towards the degree to a maximum of 45 credits. Pass/Fail and non-credit courses will not be counted in the major.
Core Courses
Oral and Written Communication
INDP 499Capstone: Applied Interdisciplinary Studies3
Select one the following:3
Intercultural Communication 1
World Regional Geography 1
International Relations 1
Interpersonal Skills and Civic Responsibility 2
Select one of the following: 33
Modern Language Course
Hist & Dev Eng Lang (Amer. St. only)
Select one of the following: 43
Modern Language Course
By advisement (American Studies only)
Analytical, Quantitative & Critical Thinking Skills
Select one of the following courses approved for your cultural area:3
Ancient World to the Age of Global Encounters 1
Early Modern to Contemporary World 1
Race and Ethnic Diversity in the USA 1
Cultural Area Studies 1
Archaeology of the Americas 1
Introduction to Asian Civilizations 1
INDP 102Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies3
INDP 318Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies 13
Emphasis Area
Courses selected by advisement
Cultural Area - America, Asia, Europe, Latin America or Middle East
Select 21 credits from the following categories: Foundations, Culture and Society, History, Current Issues 21
Experiential Learning Activities
Must complete 40 hours of experiential learning activities which are approved by the Academic Adviser. Please consult with your Adviser for details of the options available.
Total Hours42

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs (short-term, semester)
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  3. Student-faculty creative projects
  4. Internships
  5. Experiential Learning (Practice experience outside the classroom)

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Concentration in Cultural Area Studies (CULT)
This program is effective as of Fall 2020
Revised 06.29.2022
UCC 03.05.20