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Fall 2007

Interdisciplinary Studies

209 University Hall • Box 19419 • 817-272-2338 • www.uta.edu/ints

Degree RequirementsCourse Descriptions

The undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies Program (INTS) offers both the Bachelor of Arts (BAIS) and the Bachelor of Science (BSIS) degrees. These are individualized degrees that allow students to develop broad academic themes or topics that fall outside the usual departmental boundaries. Students work closely with an INTS Academic Advisor to design a rigorous and coherent program that meets the University’s academic standards, contributes to professional growth, and/or prepares for future graduate study. All applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.25.

Application Procedure

Students at UT Arlington changing majors or students transferring from other institutions must attend an orientation session prior to being admitted into the program and having a degree plan built. At the orientation meeting, an Advisor will review the program application procedure and help students complete the required forms. After this meeting, the student will schedule a meeting with an Advisor to build a degree plan.

The approved degree plan, transcript, and diploma will carry the designation Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies

Total Hours Required for Graduation for BA and BS Degrees: 120 Hours

Of these, at least 36 hours must be at the 3000/4000 level, 18 of which must be from UT Arlington. A minimum of 18 hours (included in the 36) must be in the Area of Concentration (see below), while the remaining 18 hours may appear in other areas of the degree plan.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, General Requirements

English

1301 and 1302.

Literature

Three hours of English literature or modern and classical languages literature.

INTS Core Requirements

2301 Interdisciplinary Perspectives.
4301 Interdisciplinary Process.
4391 Interdisciplinary Capstone.

History

1311 and 1312.

Political Science

2311 and 2312.

Mathematics

Six hours (level of College Algebra or higher).

Science

Eight hours in a single lab science from Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics.

Fine Arts

Three hours from an approved course list from Art, Music, Dance, Theatre Arts, Classical Studies, Honors, or Architecture.

Social Cultural Studies

Three hours from an approved course list available from an INTS Advisor.

Modern and Classical Languages (14 hours) or Liberal Arts Cultural Courses (12 hours)

See an INTS Advisor for a list of approved cultural courses.

Electives

Sufficient hours to complete the total required for the degree (120).

Area of Concentration

Each Interdisciplinary Studies degree plan has an interdisciplinary Area of Concentration that reflects the student’s academic, professional or career interest. The Area of Concentration contains at least two "Components," each consisting of courses selected by the student in consultation with the Advisor that clearly relate to the focus of the degree plan. A minimum of 36 hours is required in the Area of Concentration and must include a minimum of 18 hours of 3000/4000 level course work. Twelve hours of the 18 must be from UT Arlington. Course work from any single discipline (outside the General Requirements) may not exceed 18 hours.

Examples of Areas of Concentrations constructed for a BA degree plan in previous years include Childcare Facility Management, Classical Studies, Construction Management, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, Human Resource Administration, International Studies, Legal Studies, Information Technology, Landscape Design, Medical/Pharmaceutical Sales, Seminary Preparation, Sports Management, Urban Studies, Youth Studies and Web Design. For a more extensive list of concentrations, see an INTS Advisor.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, General Requirements

English

1301 and 1302.

Literature

Three hours of English literature or modern and classical languages literature.

INTS Core Requirements

2301 Interdisciplinary Perspectives.
4301 Interdisciplinary Process.
4391 Interdisciplinary Capstone.

History

1311 and 1312.

Political Science

2311 and 2312.

Mathematics

Nine hours (level of College Algebra or higher).

Science

Eleven hours from Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics. Eight hours must be from a single lab science.

Fine Arts

Three hours from an approved list from Art, Music, Dance, Theatre Arts, Classical Studies, Honors, or Architecture.

Social Cultural Studies

Three hours from an approved course list available from an INTS Academic Advisor.

Electives

Sufficient hours to complete the total required for the degree (120). Students are encouraged to choose elective courses that will strengthen and support their Area of Concentration.

Area of Concentration

Each Interdisciplinary Studies degree plan has an interdisciplinary Area of Concentration that reflects the student’s academic, professional or career interest. The Area of Concentration contains at least two "Components," each consisting of courses selected by the student in consultation with the Advisor that clearly relate to the focus of the degree plan. A minimum of 36 hours is required in the Area of Concentration and must include a minimum of 18 hours of 3000/4000 level course work. Twelve hours of the 18 must be from UT Arlington. Course work from any single discipline (outside the General Requirements) may not exceed 18 hours.

For the Bachelor of Science degree, at least 18 hours in the Area of Concentration must be "science-for-science majors" course work; at least 12 of these must be at the 3000/4000 level.

Examples of Areas of Concentration constructed for a BS degree plan in previous years include Environmental Studies, Landscape Design, Medical/Pharmaceutical Sales, Physician Assistant, and Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, and Pre-Veterinary. For a more extensive list of science-oriented concentrations, see an INTS Advisor.

Competence in Computer Use for BA and BS Degrees

Graduating students must be proficient in the use of computers. Proficiency is understood as the ability to use word-processing, database/spreadsheet, and the representative software of one’s Area of Concentration. Each student must be able to effectively utilize the communications, analytical, and information-retrieval potential of computers to solve problems and be able to evaluate the results. Students have two options to satisfy this requirement: (1) passing the Computer Proficiency Test in the Assessment Services office, or (2) taking a computer proficiency course that directly relates to their Area of Concentration (see Advisor for recommendations).

Competence in Oral Proficiency for BA and BS Degrees

Students must have proficiency in oral communication skills, including interaction in classroom settings, to meet the needs of course work and the use of acceptable grammar and pronunciation in formal presentations. Students must take an oral proficiency course that directly relates to their Area of Concentration. Students should consult with their Academic Advisor for course suggestions.

Honors Degree in INTS

INTS students who wish to graduate with an Honors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies must be members of the Honors College in good standing. They must complete the INTS degree program requirements and the requirements of the Honors College. Contact an INTS Advisor for further information.

Cooperative Programs of Study

INTS has cooperative programs of study with various academic units, including the Center for Mexican American Studies, the School of Urban and Public Affairs, and the Program in Landscape Architecture. Students wanting information about these programs should consult with their Advisor.


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