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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 2016
  • 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 advisors 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: z.umn.edu/clais
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 semester credits must be earned through UMD, and 15 of the last 30 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. For certificate programs, at least 3 upper-division credits that satisfy requirements for the certificate must be taken through UMD. If the program does not require upper division credits students must take at least one course from the certificate program from UMD.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 - Econometrics I (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3115 - Writing Fiction (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3121 - Writing Poetry (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3906 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 2552 {Inactive} [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
· POL 2700 - Methodology and Analysis [LOGIC & QR] (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 - Adv Writing (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: z.umn.edu/clais
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02403 - EHS 1000/UST 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Credit will not be granted if already received for EHS 1000.
COMM 2025 - Communication Inquiry: Rhetorical and Historical Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Exploration/survey of rhetorical and historical approaches to understanding the role that communication plays in social influence. prereq: Communication major, minimum 30 credits
COMM 2030 - Communication Inquiry: Social Scientific Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to social scientific inquiry related to the study of communication, and will provide an overview of research methods and an introduction to statistics. prereq: Comm major, minimum 30 credits
ECON 3030 - Econometrics I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Techniques used in analyzing economic and business data; emphasis on computer methods and research applications. Analysis of variance, qualitative data analysis, modeling, regression, residual and influence analysis, time series. prereq: 1022, 1023, (2030 or Stat 1411 or Stat 2411 or Stat 3611), Math 1160 or Math 1296, Econ 3020 or STAT 3612, Econ major or minor or LSBE candidate
ENGL 3115 - Writing Fiction
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Writing of original fiction, with emphasis on the short story; structure and techniques learned from critical reading and classroom analysis. prereq: WRIT 1120, minimum 60 credits (6 credits literature) or instructor consent
ENGL 3121 - Writing Poetry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Writing of poetry, with emphasis on techniques learned through critical reading and classroom analysis.
POL 2700 - Methodology and Analysis (LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory and methods of conducting political research: theory construction, concept formulation, survey research and sampling design, basic statistical analysis, and measurement of relationships.
PSY 3020 - Statistical Methods
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Descriptive statistics; introduction to correlational analysis and regression; sampling techniques and statistical inference; applications of simple and factorial design analysis of variance and other parametric and nonparametric hypothesis-test statistics in the behavioral sciences. prereq: Math ACT 21 or higher or MATH 1005
SOC 2155 - Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles/practice of research design, sampling, data collection including field observation/surveys. Data management, analysis, and reporting of quantitative/qualitative data. Ethics/administration in sociological research. Introduction to SPSS statistical software. Lab
WRIT 4300 - Research Methods for the Study of Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01659 - Writ 4300/5300
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Provides students with instruction and practice in critiquing research, generating research questions, designing research projects, and reporting research results in the study of writing. prereq: 1120, min 60 cr, no grad credit
IS 3093 - Senior Project
Credits: 1.0 -10.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
An agreement that specifies nature of the project, amount of work, and number of credits must be approved by two advisers and filed with director of interdisciplinary studies. prereq: instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for IS 3099