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Interdisciplinary Studies

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Interdisciplinary Studies



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Overview

The undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies Program (INTS) offers both the Bachelor of Arts (BAIS) and the Bachelor of Science (BSIS) degrees. These are individualized degrees that allow students to develop broad academic themes or topics that fall outside the usual departmental boundaries. Students work closely with an INTS Academic Advisor to design a rigorous and coherent program that meets the University's academic standards, contributes to professional growth, and/or prepares for future graduate study. All applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.25.



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Application Procedure

Students at UT Arlington changing majors or students transferring from other institutions must attend an orientation session prior to being admitted into the program and having a degree plan built. At the orientation meeting, an Advisor will review the program application procedure and help students complete the required forms. After this meeting, the student will schedule a meeting with an Advisor to build a degree plan.

The approved degree plan, transcript, and diploma will carry the designation Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.



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Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies

Total Hours Required for Graduation for BA and BS Degrees: 120 Hours

Of these, at least 36 hours must be at the 3000/4000 level, 18 of which must be from UT Arlington. A minimum of 18 hours (included in the 36) must be in the Area of Concentration (see below), while the remaining 18 hours may appear in other areas of the degree plan.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, General Requirements

English

1301 and 1302.

Literature

Three hours of English literature or modern and classical languages literature.

INTS Core Requirements

2301 Interdisciplinary Perspectives.

3320 History of Interdisciplinary Ideas.

4301 Interdisciplinary Process.

4391 Interdisciplinary Capstone.

Three hours of INTS in addition to the core.

History

1311 and 1312.

Political Science

2311 and 2312.

Mathematics

Six hours (level of College Algebra or higher).

Science

Eight hours in lab science (biology, chemistry, geology and/or physics).

Fine Arts

Three hours from an approved course list available from an INTS Advisor.

Social Cultural Studies

Three hours from an approved course list available from an INTS Advisor.

Modern and Classical Languages (14 hours) or Liberal Arts Cultural Courses (12 hours)

See an INTS Advisor for a list of approved cultural courses.

Electives

Sufficient hours to complete the total required for the degree (120).

Area of Concentration

Each Interdisciplinary Studies degree plan has an interdisciplinary Area of Concentration that reflects the student's academic, professional or career interest. The Area of Concentration contains at least two "Components," each consisting of courses selected by the student in consultation with the Advisor that clearly relate to the focus of the degree plan. A minimum of 36 hours is required in the Area of Concentration and must include a minimum of 18 hours of 3000/4000 level course work. Twelve hours of the 18 must be from UT Arlington. Course work from any single discipline (outside the General Requirements) may not exceed 18 hours.

Examples of Areas of Concentrations constructed for a BA degree plan in previous years include Childcare Facility Management, Classical Studies, Construction Management, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, Human Resource Administration, International Studies, Legal Studies, Information Technology, Landscape Design, Medical/Pharmaceutical Sales, Seminary Preparation, Sports Management, Urban Studies, Youth Studies and Web Design. For a more extensive list of concentrations, see an INTS Advisor.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, General Requirements

English

1301 and 1302.

Literature

Three hours of English literature or modern and classical languages literature.

INTS Core Requirements

2301 Interdisciplinary Perspectives.

3320 History of Interdisciplinary Ideas.

4301 Interdisciplinary Process.

4391 Interdisciplinary Capstone.

Three hours of INTS in addition to the core.

History

1311 and 1312.

Political Science

2311 and 2312.

Mathematics

Nine hours (level of College Algebra or higher).

Science

Eight hours in lab science (biology, chemistry, geology and/or physics).

Fine Arts

Three hours from an approved list from Art, Music, Dance, Theatre Arts, Classical Studies, Honors, or Architecture.

Social Cultural Studies

Three hours from an approved course list available from an INTS Academic Advisor.

Electives

Sufficient hours to complete the total required for the degree (120). Students are encouraged to choose elective courses that will strengthen and support their Area of Concentration.

Area of Concentration

Each Interdisciplinary Studies degree plan has an interdisciplinary Area of Concentration that reflects the student's academic, professional or career interest. The Area of Concentration contains at least two "Components," each consisting of courses selected by the student in consultation with the Advisor that clearly relate to the focus of the degree plan. A minimum of 36 hours is required in the Area of Concentration and must include a minimum of 18 hours of 3000/4000 level course work. Twelve hours of the 18 must be from UT Arlington. Course work from any single discipline (outside the General Requirements) may not exceed 18 hours.

For the Bachelor of Science degree, at least 18 hours in the Area of Concentration must be "science-for-science majors" course work; at least 12 of these must be at the 3000/4000 level.

Examples of Areas of Concentration constructed for a BS degree plan in previous years include Landscape Design, Medical/Pharmaceutical Sales, Physician Assistant, and Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, and Pre-Veterinary. For a more extensive list of science-oriented concentrations, see an INTS Advisor.

Competence in Computer Use for BA and BS Degrees

Graduating students must be proficient in the use of computers. Proficiency is understood as the ability to use word-processing, database/spreadsheet, and the representative software of one's Area of Concentration. Each student must be able to effectively utilize the communications, analytical, and information-retrieval potential of computers to solve problems and be able to evaluate the results. Students have two options to satisfy this requirement: (1) passing the Computer Proficiency Test in the Assessment Services office, or (2) taking a computer proficiency course that directly relates to their Area of Concentration (see Advisor for recommendations).

Competence in Oral Proficiency for BA and BS Degrees

Students must have proficiency in oral communication skills, including interaction in classroom settings, to meet the needs of course work and the use of acceptable grammar and pronunciation in formal presentations. Students must take an oral proficiency course that directly relates to their Area of Concentration. Students should consult with their Academic Advisor for course suggestions.



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Honors Degree in INTS

INTS students who wish to graduate with an Honors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies must be members of the Honors College in good standing. They must complete the INTS degree program requirements and the requirements of the Honors College. Contact an INTS Advisor for further information.



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Cooperative Programs of Study

INTS has cooperative programs of study with various academic units, including the Center for Mexican American Studies, the School of Urban and Public Affairs, and the Program in Landscape Architecture. Students wanting information about these programs should consult with their Advisor.



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Fast-Track BA in Interdisciplinary Studies-MA in Urban Affairs

Exemplary students can begin coursework toward earning an MA in Urban Affairs while still finishing their undergraduate BA in INTS. The MA in Urban Affairs is a multidisciplinary degree, drawing primarily from the disciplines of sociology, political science, and economics. For more information, please visit http://grad.pci.uta.edu/about/catalog/archive/www.uta.edu/gradcatalog/2011/schools/supa/index.html.

Program Overview

Students who are within 30 hours of completing the bachelor's degree and have completed INTS 2301, INTS 4301, and INTS 4388 (Special Topics: Justice, Democracy, and Metropolitan Environments), may apply for admission into the fast track program. To be considered for the program, students must have achieved at least a GPA of 3.25 overall and a GPA of 3.50 in INTS 2301, INTS 4301, and INTS 4388. Once fully admitted into the program, students may take nine hours of graduate-level courses, including URPA 5302 (Foundations of Urban Research and Analysis), URPA 5304 (The Urban Political System) or URPA 5309 (Intergovernmental Relations), URPA 5305 (Theories of Urban Society), and URPA 5306 (Urban Economics). These nine credit hours of graduate-level course work will count toward the 120 credit hour requirement for the BA in INTS as well as toward the 39-42 credit hour requirement of the MA in Urban Affairs. Students will earn the BA in INTS once their undergraduate work is completed, regardless where they are in terms of completing the MA in Urban Affairs, and students will need to complete the BA in INTS before taking additional courses toward the MA in Urban Affairs. Students must earn at least a B in all graduate level courses taken as an undergraduate to continue in the MA program.

Program Details

Student will complete the General Requirements for the BA in INTS, including INTS 4391 (Interdisciplinary Capstone). Students electing to pursue the Fast-Track program should choose from the following areas to fulfill their Interdisciplinary Areas of Concentration requirements. Fast-track students must have four Areas of Concentration, including Urban Affairs.

Required Component: Urban Affairs

INTS 4388: Special Topics: Justice, Democracy, and Metropolitan Environments.
URPA 5302: Foundations of Urban Research and Analysis.

Select 2 of the following

URPA 5304: The Urban Political System or URPA 5309: Intergovernmental Relations.
URPA 5305: Theories of Urban Society.
URPA 5306: Urban Economics.

Elective Component: Urban Crime and Criminology (minimum 12 hours)

CRCJ 3300: Theoretical Criminology.
CRCJ 3338: Juvenile Justice System.
CRCJ 3380: Ethnic and Gender in Criminal Justice.
CRCJ 3385: Women and Crime.
CRCJ 4301: The American Judicial System.
CRCJ 4360: Crime and Public Policy.
POLS 3335: Criminal Law.
SOCI 3312: Juvenile Delinquency.
SOCI 3315: Social Psychology of Crime.
SOCI 3320: Deviance: Social and Personal.
SOCI 4315: Violence in Society.

Elective Component: Urban Economics (minimum 12 hours)

ECON 2305: Introduction to Macroeconomics.
ECON 2306: Introduction to Microeconomics.
ECON 2337: Economics of Social Issues.
ECON 3301: Economics of Health.
ECON 3302: Economics of Crime.
ECON 3312: Macroeconomics.
ECON 3335: Economics Public Policies.
ECON 4330: Labor Economics.

Elective Component: Urban Life (minimum 12 hours)

ANTH 2355: Rise of Civilization.
ANTH 3330: Cultural Diversity and Identity.
ANTH 3339: Urban Anthropology.
HIST 2302: History of Civilization.
HIST 3351: History of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
HIST 3362: Cities and Suburbs in the United States History.
HIST 3366: African-American History, 1865-present.
MAS 3310: Latinos in the United States.
SOCW 3317: Human Behavior and Diverse Populations.

Elective Component: Urban Politics (minimum 12 hours)

POLS 3305: Government in Urban America.
POLS 3307: Comparative State and Local Politics.
POLS 3308: Politics of a Texas City: Arlington City Politics.
POLS 3311: Public Opinion.
POLS 3312: Introduction to Public Policy Analysis.
POLS 3313: Modern Critics of Society and Politics.
POLS 3330: Judicial Behavior and the Judicial Process.
POLS 4303: Public Administration and the Political Proceses.
POLS 4317: Ethnic Group Politics in the United States.
POLS 4318: Politics of African Americans.
POLS 4319: Politics of Mexican Americans.
SOCI 3350: Power and Bureaucracy.

Elective Component: Urban Sociology (minimum 12 hours)

SOCI 3317: Individuals and Society.
SOCI 3323: Riots, Fads, Cults, and Social Movements.
SOCI 3327: Intercultural Interaction.
SOCI 3336: Social Inequality.
SOCI 3353: Social Climate of Cities.
SOCI 3357: Law and Society.
SOCI 4310: Minorities.
SOCI 4318: Social Change and Conflict.
SOCW 3301: Human Behavior and the Social Environment.



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Faculty

Dean

Dr. Barbara Becker

Director

Dr. Donna L. Akers

Assistant Professors

Dr. David Arditi

Dr. Michan Connor

Dr. James Welch IV



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Course Descriptions

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Interdisciplinary Studies (INTS)



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