The BA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
We provide working adults and transfer students with a framework that allows them to connect their learning in the classroom in ways that are relevant to the workplace and the world. Courses enhance interpersonal communication skills and develop intercultural understanding and global awareness, thus contributing to the advancement of global citizenship. 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, and 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 in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, students need to take three required major courses (12 credits):
IAS 24200, Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies
IAS 23324, Advanced Composition OR IAS 23304, The Essay
SPAN 22504, Intermediate Spanish
Students also take 20 credits in an interdisciplinary concentration area, for a total of 32 credits. At least 20 of the 32 BA credits must be completed in residence in the IAS Department.
Our interdisciplinary 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. The concentrations allow students to hone in on particular subject areas and examine them through multiple lenses. Each concentration cultivates intellectual growth and the development of the professional skills necessary to succeed in today's competitive, global economy. As of Fall 2015, the IAS concentrations are as follows:
History, Politics and Society
Literary, Media Visual Arts
The Americas (BA/MA option)
Urban Studies and Public Administration
Global Labor Studies
Consult with your academic advisor or click on the name for the specific requirements for each concentration area.