Interdisciplinary Studies

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies lends students with a range of academic interests the curricular flexibility to satisfy their learning goals, whether those goals entail adapting to ever-changing requirements of the work world or further study at the graduate level or in professional programs.  The program will benefit nontraditional students who are already in the workplace but need a baccalaureate degree to advance in their careers to gain tangible benefits, such as job promotions, and will allow these students to maximize previously earned credits.

Prior to the beginning of the junior year or upon declaration of the major, interdisciplinary studies majors are required to submit a well-reasoned plan of study to their faculty advisor.   As a part of this plan, students will choose an overarching theme (e.g., cross-cultural leadership, gender studies, communication and crime, communication and professional writing), propose the course work that supports the theme, and articulate their intellectual interest or career objective that guides and justifies the selected course of study.  The plan will also include the student’s immediate and long-term professional goals as well as the student’s academic goals.  Once the plan of study is approved by the student’s faculty advisor, a copy will be submitted to the chair of the Department of Communication.  As a part of their senior seminar, students will assess the extent to which their individual program and the skills and knowledge gained from the selected courses helped them achieve their personal and professional goals and will offer suggestions to strengthen the program for future majors.

Area A: Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1111College Algebra3
or MATH 1001 Quantitative Skills/Reasoning
or MATH 1101 Intro to Mathematical Modeling
Area B: Institutional Options
COMM 1110Fundamentals of Speech3
Choose one of the following:1
Argumentation and Advocacy
Intro to Greek Mythology
Creative Writing
Natural Hazards
Appalachian Hist-Special Topic
Sports Hist & Amer Character
Mystery Fiction in Pop Culture
Political and Social Rhetoric
Christian Fiction/Pop Culture
Health & Wellness Concepts
Race and Ethnicity in America
Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts
Choose one to two ENGL course(s):3-6
World Literature I
World Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Intro to Film as Literature
If only one ENGL course is chosen, add one of the following:0-3
Art Appreciation
Expressions of Culture I
Expressions of Culture II
Music Appreciation
World Music
American Music
Theatre Appreciation
Area D: Science/Mathematics/Technology
Two of the following Lab Science Electives:8
Environmental Studies
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology II
Principles of Botany
Entomology
Survey of Chemistry
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry II
Principles of Geology
Historical Geology
Geology & the Environment
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
Principles of Physics I
Principles of Physics II
One of the following electives:3-4
Astronomy of the Solar System
Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
Environmental Studies
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology II
Principles of Botany
Entomology
Survey of Chemistry
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry II
Computer Concepts/Programming
Principles of Programming I
Principles of Programming II
Principles of Geology
Historical Geology
Geology & the Environment
Precalculus Mathematics
Applied Calculus
Introduction to Statistics
Calculus and Analytic Geom I
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
Principles of Physics I
Principles of Physics II
Area E: Social Sciences
HIST 2111United States History to 18773
or HIST 2112 United States Hist since 1877
POLS 1101American Government3
Choose two of the following electives:6
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Geography
Intro to Human Geography
Intro to Physical Geography
World Civilization to 1650 CE
World Civilization since 1650
United States History to 1877
United States Hist since 1877
Intro to World Religions
Intro to Philosophical Issues
Logic and Critical Thinking
Intro to Political Science
State and Local Government
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Introduction to Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment
Human Development
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Area F: Major Related18
18 credit hours chosen from Areas B-F. Courses previously used to satisfy other Area B-F requirements cannot be shared here. *
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ESSENTIAL AREAS15
ENGL 3000Writing for Educ/Soc Sciences3
12 additional hours, with at least 3 hours above the 2000-level
* Humanities: 0-3 hours of courses in literature, composition, music, theatre, and/or film
* Social Sciences: 3-6 hours in anthropology, criminal justice, philosophy, political science, psychology, and/or sociology
* Communication: 3-6 hours in communication and/or foreign language
* History: 3-6 hours of courses in history and/or geography
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REQUIRED MINOR15-18
Grades of C or better required. Students may choose any Dalton State minor that can be completed in 15-18 credit hours. Students may need to use a free elective to satisfy prerequisites.
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UPPER-LEVEL LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVES21
Courses may be selected from any department within the School of Liberal Arts. Courses should be selected to complement the student's academic, personal, or professional goals or to focus on a multidisciplinary theme (e.g., global studies, women's studies, comparative studies.)
FREE ELECTIVES3-6
Courses may be selected from any of the College's offerings (with the exception of career technical courses) to complement the student's program or to satisfy a prerequisite.
SENIOR CAPSTONE
INTS 4999Interdisciplinary Studies Sem **3
Physical Education
PHED Activity Elective1
Total Hours121-122
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Area B courses are 1 credit hour.

ENGL 1111 is 1 credit hour and must be taken 3 times to count in Area F. 

MUSC 1080 and MUSC 1090 are 1 credit hour each and must be taken in any combination for a total of 3 credit hours to count in Area F. A maximum of 3 credit hours may be used for this major.

MUSC 2600CMUSC 2600O, and MUSC 2600P are 1-2 credit hours each and must be taken in any combination for a total of 3 credit hours to count in Area F. An additional 3 hours may be taken for a maximum 6 hours for this major.

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 ENGL 3000 with a C or better and a 2.0 GPA are prerequisites for INTS 4999.