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Interdisciplinary Studies B.A.

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College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2014
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 48
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The B.A. in interdisciplinary studies is for students whose educational objectives can best be met by integrating courses from three or more departments. The program provides the framework for study in selected interdisciplinary areas. Unlike many UMD majors, interdisciplinary studies is available only by formal application and committee approval. Students cannot apply for a change of major until their program has been approved.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Freshman and transfer students are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
This major is unique because it is individually designed; students work with faculty advisers to create a field of study involving courses from several departments. It may encompass the natural sciences, social sciences, cultural studies, fine arts, technical and professional fields, or a combination of these. The program admission application should be thought through carefully. Students who select this major must submit a statement of their educational objectives and a list of proposed courses to the committee for approval before they complete 70 credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.50. The list of courses for the major and a statement of purpose explains the student's rationale for the proposed program. Upon approval by the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee, it becomes an individualized program. A current transcript must be submitted with the application. Visit the IS site for further information: http://www.d.umn.edu/cla/IS/main/index.php
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. Before completing 70 credits, applicants submit a statement of their educational objectives and a list of proposed courses to the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee for approval. Proposals are reviewed once a term at the end of the eighth week. 2. A cumulative U of M GPA of at least 2.50 is required with the application. 3. Within the proposal, at least 12 credits must be from CLA course offerings.
Methods Course (3 cr)
All students are required to complete one research methods course appropriate to their final project before they register for senior project.
Take no more than 1 course(s) from the following:
· COMM 2025 - Communication Inquiry: Rhetorical and Historical Methods (3.0 cr)
· COMM 2030 - Communication Inquiry: Social Scientific Methods (3.0 cr)
· ECON 3030 - Economic Research Methodology (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3115 - Writing Fiction (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3121 - Writing Poetry (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3906 - Methods of Literary Study (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 2552 - Introduction to Maps and Geospatial Information [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
· POL 2700 - Methodology and Analysis (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3020 - Statistical Methods (4.0 cr)
· SOC 2155 - Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis (4.0 cr)
· WRIT 4300 - Research Methods for the Study of Writing (3.0 cr)
Final Project (1 - 10 cr)
The senior project usually results in an academic paper of 15-30 pages. The project may be an internship, portfolio, exhibit, tour, or field study. The project includes a bibliography of library resources showing general knowledge of the topic and a written paper, report, journal, or analysis of how the program has affected one's personal and intellectual development. A copy of the project must be filed with the program director.
IS 3093 - Senior Project (1.0-10.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
WRIT 31xx
IS Proposed Electives (40 cr)
Students must complete a minimum of 40 upper division credits (3xxx or above) across three or more departments; twelve credits must be from CLA course offerings.
Visit the IS site for further information: http://www.d.umn.edu/cla/IS/main/index.php
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