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Mount Saint Mary College    
 
    
 
  Sep 23, 2017
 
Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Interdisciplinary Studies/Liberal Studies


A student who wishes to pursue a specific topic or theme that crosses disciplinary lines and for which there is no formal major at the college may choose to major in interdisciplinary studies. Any topic for which there are sufficient courses in the catalog to meet the requirements of the major may form the basis for an interdisciplinary major. Once a student decides to pursue this major, but no later than having earned 90 credits towards graduation, he/she must contact his/her advisor to design a plan of study which includes courses for a major and electives.

The interdisciplinary studies major shall consist of no fewer than 33 and no more than 48 credits. These credits shall be distributed in at least two and not more than three major disciplines of study. There shall be no fewer than 9 credits in any major discipline of study included in the interdisciplinary program and 12 credits shall be at the upper division level. To integrate the disciplines in the program into a meaningful interdisciplinary major, students are required to complete INT 4900 Interdisciplinary Capstone: Portfolio for 1 credit hour; students are also strongly advised to complete INT 4991, INT 4992 or INT 4993, and the Interdisciplinary Capstone Independent Study for 1, 2 or 3 credit hours.

Once a student decides to pursue this major, he/she contacts or is referred to the adviser for interdisciplinary studies. Under advisement, the student will design a major plan of courses for a major and for electives. This plan may include as many as 9 credits in life experience toward the major area.

Aside from completing requirements for the major, students shall earn 39 credits of general education course requirements, as required for the degree. Students shall choose electives from other academic areas, so that the total number of credits earned will be at least 120.

The plan will then be presented to the division chairs or a faculty member designated by the division chair of selected major disciplines for their approval.

The student should retain one copy of the major plan; one will be given to the advisor; and one will be forwarded to the Registrar.

The concentrations that follow represent established models of interdisciplinary study. They are not meant to be inclusive. In consultation with the advisor for interdisciplinary studies, the student may develoop an interdisciplinary studies program with concentrations tailored to his/her interests and career aspirations.