Interdisciplinary Studies B.A.
College of Liberal Arts - Adm
College of Liberal 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.
This program is available:
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:
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.
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)
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. 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)
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