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Kevin Foskin, Director

The Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts major is a degree program combining the humanities, the arts, languages and literature, and social sciences so as to foster interdisciplinary knowledge, core career competencies, personal development, professional excellence, interpersonal confidence and expertise, and a deeper understanding of the complex world in which we live. Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts majors can select between the Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts major and a five-year joint program with dual degrees in Liberal Arts (B.A.) and Engineering Science (B.S.).

To further increase depth and focus, and to enhance expertise and career opportunities, Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts students are required to complete a minor or an interdisciplinary minor from within the College of Liberal Arts.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate the following skills:

  • Writing effectively about the knowledge and perspectives of their field of study, including
    1. organization in a manner that aids the readers’ comprehension as well as the writer’s purpose;
    2. use of accepted grammatical form, spelling, and punctuation;
    3. use of language in a style that is appropriate to the writer’s purpose;
    4. effective support of claims; and
    5. clear citation of information sources.
  • Speaking effectively, including
    1. creation of a logically constructed message;
    2. adaptation of that message to a particular audience;
    3. use of accepted grammatical forms of standard American English dialect;
    4. use of appropriate and engaging language; and
    5. use of effective delivery skills.
  • Thinking critically about contemporary issues, particularly within their field of study, including
    1. description of a policy, position, or artifact;
    2. analysis of the policy, position, or artifact by identifying issues or articulating and then applying a critical framework or perspective; and
    3. clear articulation and support of conclusions based on that analysis/identification of issues.

Potential Occupations

Graduates in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts apply their education in a wide variety of careers and/or academic professions, including public policy, politics, healthcare, artistic production, mass media, engineering, law, city planning, business, information systems, international business, journalism, publishing, education, sales and marketing, management and administration, government, communications, museum work, entertainment, foreign service, and many others. Many continue on to graduate or professional schools for more specialized study. To enhance their career, academic or professional opportunities, majors are encouraged to participate in paid or volunteer work or internship opportunities.

Effective Spring 2015

Second Field Requirement

Students in the Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts major must complete one of the following choices:

  • A minor
  • An interdisciplinary minor
  • A second major
  • 21 credits in a single language to include at least 6 upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits. At least 6 upper-division credits in this choice must be completed at CSU. (Completion of this choice is not transcripted.)
Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Arts and Humanities3B6
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Mathematics1B3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
Electives 6
 Total Credits 30
Sophomore
 
LB 200Liberal Arts Research Methods 1
Additional Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences1 6
Second Field Requirements 7
Biological and Physical Sciences3A4
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Electives 9
 Total Credits 30
Junior
 
Additional Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences1 6
Second Field Requirements 9
Upper-Division Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences2 12
Advanced Writing23
 Total Credits 30
Senior
 
Select one from the following:3,4 3
Narrative Fiction Film as a Liberal Art4B 
Documentary Film as a Liberal Art4B 
AUCC 4B course (see list below)
4B 
LB 4924Liberal Arts Capstone Seminar4A,4C3
Second Field Requirement 6
Upper-Division Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences2 6
Electives5 12
 Total Credits 30
 Program Total Credits: 120

 AUCC 4B Approved Courses

Code Title AUCC Credits
AMST 300/E 300 American Lives-Methods in American Studies 4B 3
ANTH 400 History of Anthropological Thought 4B 3
ART 310 History of American Art to 1945 4B 3
ART 311 Art of Africa 4B 3
ART 312 History of Pre-Columbian Art 4B 3
ART 314 Women in Art History 4B 3
ART 315 United States Art 1945-1980 4B 3
ART 316 Art of the Pacific 4B 3
ART 410 Greek Art 4B 3
ART 411 History of Medieval Art 4B 3
ART 412 History of Renaissance Art 4B 3
ART 414 History of Baroque and Rococo Art 4B 3
ART 415 History of 19th Century European Art 4B 3
ART 416 History of European Art, 1900 to 1945 4B 3
ART 417 Roman Art 4B 3
E 341 Literary Criticism and Theory 4B 3
ECON 306 Intermediate Microeconomics 4B 3
ECON 492 Seminar 4B 3
HIST 492 Capstone Seminar 4B 3
JTC 415 Communications Law 4B 3
JTC 456/LB 456 Documentary Film as a Liberal Art 4B 3
LB 455/SPCM 455 Narrative Fiction Film as a Liberal Art 4B 3
LFRE 492 Seminar-French Language, Literature, and Society 4B 3
LGEN 492 Language, Literature, and Society-General 4B 3
LGER 492 Seminar-German Language, Literature, and Society 4B 3
LSPA 492 Seminar-Spanish Language, Literature, and Society 4B 3
MU 334 Music History I 4B 3
MU 335 Music History II 4B 3
PHIL 462 Capstone Seminar 4B 3
POLS 302 U.S. Political Parties and Elections 4B 3
POLS 303 Politics of Organized Interests 4B 3
POLS 405 Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Politics 4B 3
POLS 420 History of Political Thought 4B 3
POLS 421 Contemporary Political Theories 4B 3
POLS 423 American Political Theories 4B 3
POLS 448 Comparative Racial/Ethnic Politics 4B 3
POLS 449 Middle East Politics 4B 3
SOC 311 Methods of Sociological Inquiry 4B 3
SPCM 341 Evaluating Contemporary Television 4B 3
SPCM 342 Critical Media Studies 4B 3
SPCM 350 Evaluating Contemporary Film 4B 3
SPCM 411 Contemporary Speeches on American Issues 4B 3
SPCM 412 Evaluating Contemporary Rhetoric 4B 3
1

Choose courses not taken elsewhere from the following subject codes: ANTH, ART, CO, D, E, ECON, ETST, GR, HIST, JTC, L***, LB, MU, PHIL, POLS, PSY, SOC, SPCM, TH.

2

Select a total of 18 upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits not taken elsewhere from at least two of the following subject codes: ANTH, ART, CO, D, E, ECON, ETST, GR, HIST, JTC, L***, LB, MU, PHIL, POLS, PSY (only 6 credits may come from PSY), SOC, SPCM, TH.

3

Select either LB 455/SPCM 455, or LB 456/JTC 456, or a course from the list (above) of AUCC 4B approved courses. Some courses may have prerequisites that will require extra coursework for Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts majors.

4

Students must take AUCC categories 4A, 4B, and 4C courses in their primary major.

5

Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to 120, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

 Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:

Second Field Requirement

Students in the Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts major must complete one of the following choices:

  • A minor
  • An interdisciplinary minor
  • A second major
  • 21 credits in a single language to include at least 6 upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits. At least 6 upper-division credits in this choice must be completed at CSU. (Completion of this choice is not transcripted.)
Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Mathematics X1B3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
SPCM 200Public SpeakingX  3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
Elective   3
CO 150 and AUCC 1B (MATH) must be completed by the end of Semester 2. X   
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
LB 200Liberal Arts Research MethodsX  1
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A4
Additional Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences (See Requirements Tab)   3
Second Field Course (See Requirements Tab)   3
Electives   4
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Additional Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences (See Requirements Tab)   3
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Second Field Course(s)   4
Electives   5
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Additional Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences (See Requirements Tab)   3
Advanced WritingX 23
Upper-Division Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences (See Requirements Tab)   6
Second Field Course   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Additional Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences (See Requirements Tab)   3
Upper-Division Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences (See Requirements Tab)   6
Second Field Courses   6
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:  4B3
Narrative Fiction Film as a Liberal Art  4B 
Documentary Film as a Liberal Art X4B 
Additional Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences (See Requirements Tab)   3
Second Field Course   3
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
LB 492Liberal Arts Capstone SeminarX 4A,4C3
Upper-Division Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences (See Requirements Tab)X  3
Second Field CourseX  3
ElectivesX  6
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   15
 Program Total Credits:   120