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Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education



Dear CWE students,

I am writing to let you know about some important and exciting changes to our curriculum. Starting in Fall 2015, we will have new concentration areas for both the major in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (BA) and the Major in Early Childhood Education (BS). These new concentrations represent a flexible, creative, challenging and innovative approach to education, one that draws on multiple disciplines to interpret a set of related issues, topics, and problems. They provide working adult and transfer students with a framework that allows them to connect their learning  in the classroom in ways that are relevant to the world and contribute to the advancement of global citizenship. Courses enhance interpersonal communication skills and develop intercultural understanding and global awareness. Students learn to think, read, and write critically through a curriculum that emphasizes approaches for evaluating information and communicating it clearly in a variety of formats (written, oral, digital). Individual courses reinforce critical thinking, reading and writing skills while honing in on particular subject areas in the student's selected concentration area. To complete the BA concentration and BS co-concentrations, students will need to take three required major courses 912 credits) and 20 credits in a concentration area, for a total of 32 credits. At least 20 of the 32 major or co-concentration credits must be completed in residence in the IAS Department.

New students enrolling in the fall 2015 semester and beyond will be required to select one of these new concentrations. Current students may stay in their current concentration or may switch to one of the new concentrations. However, once you switch to a new concentration, you will not be able to switch back to one of the older concentrations.


New Concentrations starting Fall 2015:
Childhood Studies
Disabilities Studies
History, Politics and Society
Literary, Media Visual Arts
Social Welfare
The Americas (BA only;BA/MA option)
Urban Studies and Public Administration (BA only)
Global Labor Studies (BA only)

Consult your advisor or the CWE web site for the specific requirements for each new concentration area.
Wishing you all the best in your future studies at CWE!


Sincerely yours,

Kathy McDonald
Chair, department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences