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Interdisciplinary Studies (BS or BA)

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General Education Requirements (41 Hours)

Area I - Written Composition (2 Courses, 6 Hours)

  1. 3 hours:  EH 101

  2. 3 hours:  EH 102

Area II - Humanities & Fine Arts (4 Courses, 12 Hours)

  1. 3 hours:  CA 110

  2. 3 hours from:  EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236

  3. 3 hours from:  ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101

  4. 3 hours from:  AFR 101, ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARH 203, ARS 101, CLA 110, DRA 110, EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236, LG 101, LG 102, LG 111, LG 112, LG 121, LG 122, LG 131, LG 132, LG 141, LG 142, LG 151, LG 152, LG 153, LG 171, LG 172, LG 173, LG 201, LG 202, LG 211, LG 212, LG 213, LG 221, LG 222, LG 231, LG 232, LG 234, LG 241, LG 242, 251, LG 252, LG 271, LG 272LG 273, LGS 101, LGS 102, LGS 106, LGS 107, LGS 110, LGS 111, LGS 131, LGS 141, LGS 142, LGS 161, LGS 162, LGS 171, LGS 172, LGS 181, LGS 182, LGS 201, LGS 202, LGS 206, LGS 207, LGS 210, LGS 211, LGS 241, LGS 242, LGS 261, LGS 262, LGS 281, LGS 282, MUL 101, PHL 110, PHL 120, PHL 121, PHL 131, PHL 231, PHL 240, REL 100, REL 200, REL 201

Area III – Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3 Courses & Labs, 11-14 Hours)

  1. 3-4 hours from:  MA 110, MA 112, MA 113, MA 115, MA 120, MA 125, MA 126, MA 227, MA 237, MA 238

  2. 8-10 hours from:  AN 121 & AN 121L, BLY 101 & BLY 101L or BLY 121 & BLY 121L, BLY 102 & BLY 102L or BLY 122 & BLY 122L, CH 101 & CH 101L, CH 103 & CH 103L, CH 131 & CH 131L, CH 132 & CH 132L, GEO 101 & GEO 101L, GEO 102 & GEO 102L, GY 111 & GY 111L, GY 112 & GY 112L, MAS 134 & MAS 134L, PH 101 & PH 101L, PH 104 & PH 104L, PH 114 & PH 114L, PH 115 & PH 115L, PH 201 & PH 201L, PH 202 & PH 202L

Area IV – History, Social & Behavioral Sciences (4 Courses, 12 Hours)

  1. 3 hours from:  HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136

  2. 9 hours from:  AN 100, AN 101, CA 100, CA 101, CJ 105, ECO 215, ECO 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136, IS 100, IST 201, NAS 101, PSC 130, PSY 120, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112

 

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Students must complete a 6 credit hour sequence either in literature (Area II – EH 215 & EH 216, EH 225 & EH 226, or EH 235 & EH 236) or history (Area IV – HY 101 & HY 102 or HY 135 & HY 135)

All undergraduates must complete two designated writing credit (W) courses, at least one of which must be in the student's major or minor.

 

Major Requirements (79 Hours)

General Competency (5 Courses, 15 Hours)

Capstone (1 Course, 3 Hours)

Concentration (30 Hours)

  • Collaborate with academic advisor to design an individualized program of study. 

Electives (31 Hours)

 

Minor Requirements (0 Hours)

A minor is not required for this degree program

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies (BS or BA) (120 Total Hours)

The Graduation Plan is an example of course progression. Individual student plans may vary. Students should consult with an academic advisor to create a personalized plan.

First Year - Fall Semester

 Course ID Course Description Hours
EH 101 English Comp I 3
History **Area IV, A 3
Elective 100-499 **Electives 3
Social & Behavioral
Sciences
**Area IV, B 3
Fine Arts **Area II, C 3
     
      Total Hours 15

First Year - Spring Semester

 Course ID Course Description Hours
EH 102 English Composition II 3
Natural Science **Area III, B 3
Natural Science Lab **Area III, B 1
CA 110 Public Speaking 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences **Area IV, B 3
Humanities & Fine Arts **Area II, D 3
      Total Hours 16

Second Year - Fall Semester

 Course ID Course Description Hours
Math **Area III, A 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences **Area IV, B 3
Literature ***Area II, B 3
Natural Science **Area III, B 3
Natural Science Lab **Area III, B 1
* IST 290 Special Topic (**Electives) 1
      Total Hours 14

Second Year - Spring Semester

 Course ID Course Description Hours
* IST 125 Professional Conduct (**Electives) 3
* IST 201 Seasons of Life (**Electives) 3
IST 302 Interdisciplinary and Critical Thinking 3
Concentration 100-499 **Concentration 3
Concentration 100-499 **Concentration 3
      Total Hours 15

Third Year - Fall Semester

 Course ID Course Description Hours
* IST 305 Issues in Human Services (**Electives) 3
* IST 310 Global Leadership (**Electives) 3
IST 330 (W) Analytical and Information Literacy 3
IST 350 (W) Advanced Verbal and Written Communication 3
Concentration 300-499 **Concentration 3
      Total Hours 15

Third Year - Spring Semester

 Course ID Course Description Hours
* IST 315 Women’s Issues in the Workplace (**Electives) 3
IST 320 Cultural Competency 3
Concentration
300-499
**Concentration 3
Concentration
300-499
**Concentration 3
Concentration
300-499
**Concentration 3
      Total Hours 16

Fourth Year - Fall Semester

 Course ID Course Description Hours
* IST 401 Adults in Society (**Electives) 3
* IST 420 Community Development and Leadership (**Electives) 3
* IST 425 Workplace Learning and Development (**Electives) 3
Concentration 100-499 **Concentration 3
Concentration 100-499 **Concentration 3
      Total Hours 15

Fourth Year - Spring Semester

 Course ID Course Description Hours
IST 495 Professional Leadership and Teamwork 3
IST 430 (W) or
IST 498 (W)
**Capstone 3
Concentration
100-499
**Concentration 3
Concentration
100-499
**Concentration 3
 Elective 100-499  **Electives  3
      Total Hours 15
Notes
* Recommended Course
** See Degree Requirements
(W) Writing-Intensive Course - 2 Required
 

Effective fall 2016, the Interdisciplinary Studies degree includes a Major Milestones guideline to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the Milestone requirements for each term. Requirements for Major Milestones apply only to full-time degree-seeking students who entered fall 2016 or later.  These requirements are viewable on the Major Milestones table below.:                                                              

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES SAMPLE 4-YEAR PLAN WITH MILESTONES

Term 1 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 EH 101* English Composition I   3  
 History     3  
 Elective Course
 IST 101
 Foundations of Interdisciplinary University Studies   3  
 Social Behavioral  Science     3  
 Fine Arts     3  
       15  Minimum Term GPA 2.0
Term 2 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 EH 102 or EH 105 English Composition II  EH 101 or test score 3 EH 101 C or better or EH 105 C or better
 Natural Science w/Lab     4  
 CA 110 Public Speaking   3  
 Social Behavioral  Science     3  
 English Literature     3  
       16  
Term 3 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 Math MA 110 or higher   3  
 History or Social  Behavioral Science**     3  
 English Literature or  Humanities**     3  
 Natural Science w/Lab     4  
 Elective Course:
 IST 290
Special Topic   1  
       14  EH 102 C or better
Term 4 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 Elective Course:
 IST 125
Professional Conduct   3  
 Elective Course:
 IST 201
Seasons of Life   3  
 Competency Course:
 IST 302
Interdisciplinary and Critical Thinking   3  
 Concentration Course Field of Study Course
(Any Level)
  3  
 Concentration Course Field of Study Course
(Any Level)
  3  
       15  Minimum Term GPA 2.0
Term 5 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 Elective Course:
 IST 305
Issues in Human Services   3  
 Elective Course:
 IST 310
Global Leadership   3  
 Competency Course:
 IST 330
Analytical and Information Literacy   3  
 Competency Course:
 IST 350
Advanced Verbal and Written
Communication-W
   3  
 Concentration Course Field of Study course
(300-400 Level)
  3  
       15  15 Hours of USA Upper  Division Coursework  Completed
Term 6 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 Elective Course:
 IST 315
Women's Issues in the Community Workplace   3  
 Competency Course:
 IST 320
Cultural Competency   3  
 Concentration Course Field of Study Course
(300-400 Level)
  3  
 Concentration Course Field of Study Course
(300-400 Level)
  3  
 Concentration Course Field of Study Course
(300-400)
  3  
       15  Apply for Graduation
Term 7 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 Elective Course:
 IST 401
Adults in Society   3  
 Elective Course:
 IST 420
Community Development and Leadership   3  
 Elective Course:
 IST 425
Workplace Learning and Development   3  
 Concentration Course  Field of Study Course
 (Any Level)
  3  
 Concentration Course Field of Study Course
(Any Level)
  3  
       15  Minimum Term GPA 2.0
Term 8 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 Competency Course:
 IST 495
Professional Leadership and Teamwork   3  
Capstone Course:
 IST 430 or IST 498
Senior Research Thesis - W
 or Internship I
Capstone Experience - W
  3  IST 330 C or better and  IST 350 C or better
 Concentration Course Field of Study Course
 (Any Level)
  3  
 Elective Course     3  
 Concentration Course Field of Study Course
 (Any Level)
  3  
       15  Minimum Term GPA 2.0
      Total degree hours = 120  

*   Students who earn an English ACT score of 27, or a written SAT score of 610, can opt out of EH 101.
**  Must have one history elective and one literature elective.  In addition, students must choose a second history or literature course to complete a two-part sequence.  

Two designated writing courses are required with at least one course chosen from the student's major. Writing courses  are identified in the University Bulletin by a (W) after the course title.

This Sample 4-Year Plan is designed as a guide for students preparing for their course selections and only provides only a suggested schedule. Actual course selections should be made in consultation with an academic advisor.

Department of Integrative Studies Staff (251) 460-6263
Chair Dr. Paige Vitulli
Academic Advisor
Diane F. Harvey
Academic Advisor Pamela James
Secretary Vallarie Hernandez

Department of Integrative Studies website
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/ceps/integrative/index.html

The Department of Integrative Studies (INGS) includes the Educational Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies programs. Faculty are professionals from various backgrounds including business, political science, instructional design, teacher education, interdisciplinary studies, community counseling, educational research, and child development.  

The Educational Studies degree prepares individuals to work with children, adolescents and adults in a wide variety of non-traditional educational settings, such as education departments of museums, zoos, hospitals, places of worship, mental health facilities, non-profit organizations, and more, where teacher certification is not required.

The Interdisciplinary Studies degree is a customizable program which can be taken fully online, offering a BA or BS which builds skills in communication, cultural competency, analytical thinking, leadership, and teamwork. Diversity is valued among learners and emphasis is on the importance of becoming an active leader, effective team member, and engaged global citizen.

The Interdisciplinary Studies (IST) degree is designed to give students a variety of options in earning a Bachelor’s degree tailored to meet their needs and interests.  The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (IST) offers a fully on-line degree.