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Course Requirements

Major in Interdisciplinary Studies

Block Requirements
The major in interdisciplinary studies requires the completion
of three 12-credit hour blocks designed around specific themes. Students may:
•choose which blocks to pursue and must take courses in at least two academic departments in each block;
•design their own blocks, in consultation with the chair of the department of interdisciplinary studies;
•substitute one block by completing a second minor in a traditional academic discipline.

Students must complete at least 21 credit hours of 300- or 400-level coursework, distributed between these blocks and their minor programs (see below); these upper-level courses may be distributed in any fashion across the blocks and minor. Any course that fulfills more than one block may be counted for both blocks. Predesigned blocks include the following themes: professional development skills, diversity, arts appreciation, the organization, life cycles, culture, ethics, civic engagement, critical theory, globalization, creative performance, dedicated semester, language of science and technology, families with children, and self-designed block.

Minor Requirements
Students majoring in interdisciplinary studies are required to declare a minor of their choice. At least 50% of the minor must be completed at Fontbonne University. Students who declare a second minor may be exempted from one block as described above.

Interdisciplinary Core Courses
In addition to the coursework described above, students majoring in interdisciplinary studies must complete the following courses in the department of interdisciplinary studies:
INT 100 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies (1 credit) (Second 8 weeks fall course)
INT 190 Career Management (1 credit) (SP)
BUS 200 Professional Development (3 credits) (FA, SP)
or
INT 207: The Power of Leadership (3 credits) (SP)
INT 496 Senior Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies (3 credits) (SP)

Other Requirements
Students majoring in interdisciplinary studies must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 in the major, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 overall. They also must submit a statement of purpose at the outset of the major, defining their goals for the program and their professional goals. An appointment with a career counselor is also required before the completion of the first semester of coursework for interdisciplinary studies.

Blocks for a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies
Professional Development Skills
ART 115 Graphic Design I
ART 302 Designing for the Web
BUS 101 Introduction to Business Administration
COM 102 Public Speaking (meets GER)
ENG 201 Business Writing
HES 105 Personal, Professional, and Cultural Dress
INT 207 Power of Leadership
MTH 115 Introduction to Statistics
MTH 315 Advanced Statistics
PSY 250 Cross-Cultural Psychology
SOC 265 Diversity and Social Justice
SPN 101 (or higher) Introduction to Spanish
Special topics or dedicated semester courses may be added with the approval of the chair of interdisciplinary studies.

Diversity    
ACS 100 Introduction to American Culture Studies
ART 355 Nonwestern Art
COM 240 Cultural Communication
ENG 355 African-American Literature
HES 105 Personal, Professional, and Cultural Dress
HES 422 Food Pathways of Diverse Groups    
HST 305 History of Latin America
HST 307 History of the Middle East
HST 309 History of Sub-Saharan Africa
HST 310 African-American History
PER 314 Multicultural Experiences in Performance
PSY 250 Cross-Cultural Psychology
REL 225 World Religions
SOC  100 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 115 Social Problems
SOC 235 Social Stratification
SOC 265 Diversity and Social Justice
Special topics or dedicated semester courses may be added with the approval of the chair of interdisciplinary studies.

Arts Appreciation
ART 155 Art Appreciation
ART 305 Non-Western Art
ART 306 Modern Art
ART 319 American Artists
ART 493 Renaissance Art
MUS 108 Music Appreciation
PER 101 Theatre Appreciation
PER 314 Multicultural Experiences in Performance
PER 415 Contemporary Theories of Theatre
PER 443 The Development of Dramatic Art: Greek to 19th Century
PER 445 Text Analysis
PHL 494 Aesthetics
Special topics or dedicated semester courses may be added with the approval of the chair of interdisciplinary studies.

The Organization
BUS 230 Management Principles
BUS 310 Organizational Behavior
BUS 348 Elements of Supervision
BUS 359 Industrial/Organizational Marketing
COM 350 Organizational Communication
COM 351 Small Group Communication
INT 207 Power of Leadership
PSY 327 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Special topics or dedicated semester courses may be added with the approval of the chair of interdisciplinary studies.

Life Cycles
GRN 101 Understanding Aging
HES 230 Infant and Toddler Development
HES 232 The Young Child
HES 266 Management of Family Resources
HES 336 Parent Education
HES 337 Family Relations
HES 422 Food Pathways of Diverse Groups
PSY 200 Developmental Psychology
SOC 355 Social Aspects of Aging
Special topics or dedicated semester courses may be added with the approval of the chair of interdisciplinary studies.

Culture    
ACS 100 Introduction to American Culture Studies
ACS 200 America Abroad
ACS 300 Topics in American Culture Studies
ART 207 High Art, Propaganda, and Kitsch
GGY 100 Introduction to Geography
GGY 105 Cultural Geography
HES 105 Personal, Professional, and Cultural Dress
HST 340 American Social History
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 115 Social Problems
SOC 235 Contemporary Social Theory
SOC 245 Social Theory
WGS 220 Masculinities
Special topics or dedicated semester courses may be added with the approval of the chair of interdisciplinary studies.

Ethics
BIO 203 History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
GOV 102 Introduction to Law
PHL 110 Introduction to Philosophy
PHL 120 Introduction to Critical Thinking
PHL 221 Business Ethics
PHL 260 Contemporary Moral Issues
REL 100 Introduction to Religious Studies
REL 210 Hebrew Bible
REL 220 New Testament Studies
REL 225 World Religions
REL 334 Understanding Christian Faith
REL 340 Contemporary Theological Issues
Special topics or dedicated semester courses may be added with the approval of the chair of interdisciplinary studies.

Civic Engagement
COM 430 Argumentation and Debate
EDU 234 Philosophical Foundations of Education
GOV 102 Introduction to Law
GOV 230 American National Government
HUS 221 Social Issues and Social Welfare Policy
INT 101 Community Service Trip (when taken for three credits)
PHL 260 Contemporary Moral Issues
SOC 115 Social Problems
Special topics or dedicated semester courses may be added with the approval of the chair of interdisciplinary studies.

Critical Theory
ACS 100 Introduction to American Culture Studies
ACS 300 Topics in American Culture Studies: The American Photograph
PHL 110 Introduction to Philosophy
PHL 120 Introduction to Critical Thinking
ENG 370 Literary Theory
PER 415 Contemporary Theories of Theatre
SOC 235 Contemporary Social Theory
SOC 245 Social Theory
SOC 293 Sociology of Gender
WGS 101 Introduction to Women’s Studies
WGS 470 Gender Theory
Special topics or dedicated semester courses may be added with the approval of the chair of interdisciplinary studies.

Globalization
ACS 200 America Abroad
BUS 202 Principles of Macro Economics
BUS 203 Principles of Micro Economics
BUS 365 International Business
COM 260 Introduction to Mass Media
EDU 373 Educating toward a Global Perspective
ENG 351 Topics in World Literature
GGY 205 Cultural Geography
HST 104 Introduction to Western Civilization II
HST 366 Trends that Shaped the Modern World
HST 368 Twentieth Century Europe Since World War II
REL 225 World Religions
Special topics or dedicated semester courses may be added with the approval of the chair of interdisciplinary studies.

Creative Performance
Any four classes in studio art, theatre performance, music performance, and/or creative writing
Special topics or dedicated semester courses may be added with the approval of the chair of interdisciplinary studies.

Dedicated Semester
Any four courses from a single dedicated semester,
provided they span at least two departments

Language of Science and Technology
BIO 112 General Biology I
BIO 114 General Biology II
CIS 120 An Overview of Computer and Information Science
MTH 120 Discrete Mathematics I
Special topics or dedicated semester courses may be added with the approval of the chair of interdisciplinary studies.

Families with Children
EDU 120 Psychology of the Exceptional Child
EDU 222 Educational Psychology
EDU 234 Philosophical Foundations of Education
HES 226 Management of Family Resources
HES 230 Infant and Toddler Development
HES 232 The Young Child
HES 336 Parent Education
HES 337 Family Relations
Special topics or dedicated semester courses may be added with the approval of the chair of interdisciplinary studies.

Design Your Own Block
Four courses in at least two departments on a related,
approved theme