What Is the Cross-Disciplinary Program?

 Education in the 21st century is changing. It is evolving by virtue of both new knowledge and entirely new fields of knowledge that require the capacity to solve complex problems by drawing on concepts, methods, and information from multiple disciplines. This increasingly interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary knowledge is widely recognized as essential to the new employment opportunities in the knowledge economy that is expanding worldwide. To help prepare students for these opportunities, the College of Arts and Sciences offers the following cross-disciplinary options for majors and minors:

Majors

B.A in Interdisciplinary Studies
B.A. in International Studies
B.A. in Religious Studies

Minors

African Diaspora/African-American Studies
Asian Studies 
Classical Civilization 
Environmental Studies 
Film Studies 
Gender Studies 
Interdisciplinary Studies 
International Studies 
Religious Studies
Urban & Metropolitan Studies  

Cross-Disciplinary Majors 

 

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies 

Program Director: Dr. Krista E. Paulsen, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, kpaulsen@unf.edu , 904-620-2560

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Sarah Mattice, Associate Professor of Philosophy,
s.mattice@unf.edu, 904-620-1330

COAS Advisor:
Mr. Keith Martin, Associate Director, College of Arts and Sciences Advising, kemartin@unf.edu , 904-620-2797

The Interdisciplinary Studies major and minor enable students to reflect critically on how their educational efforts in the present will enable them to engage in a process of life-long learning in relation to a future that might be unimaginably different from the present. Students are encouraged to develop a program of study that will advance current and future academic and career goals as they pursue topics and questions beyond those addressed by UNF’s other majors.

Interdisciplinary Studies provides students with the opportunity to design an individualized program of study that involves an intentional selection of coursework in more than one discipline. The central purpose of the Interdisciplinary Studies major and minor is for students to investigate a focused set of cross-disciplinary issues, problems, challenges, and methodologies and to develop expertise in key intellectual competencies, including but not limited to advanced writing and critical thinking skills.

 

How to Apply: Acceptance into the Interdisciplinary Studies major and the Interdisciplinary Studies minor requires that students first meet with the Program Advisor, Mr. Keith Martin, kemartin@unf.edu, 904-620-2797.

Interdisciplinary Studies Major (36 Hours)  


Students wishing to complete a major in Interdisciplinary Studies will select from one of the two available tracks:

Track 1 - Major Requirements for Theme-Based Interdisciplinary Study (36 credits)

In consultation with Faculty Coordinator Dr. Sarah Mattice, each student will choose eleven (11) upper-division (3000-, 4000-level) courses that focus on a converging set of themes, issues, problems, challenges, or questions. At least one of the 11 courses must be from COAS. Courses cannot count toward both the general education requirement and the requirement for the major.

Also in consultation with Faculty Coordinator Dr. Sarah Mattice, each student will select a capstone course involving either (i) a research project or (ii) an experiential learning project (based on but not limited to a TLO or transformational learning opportunity, a community-based learning opportunity, or a leadership opportunity) in which students synthesize the learning they have attained in relation to their goals and outcomes.

 

As they develop their programs of study, students should also meet with COAS advisor Mr. Keith Martin to review graduation requirements and any impact on time to graduation.

Each student must also complete the Foreign Language/Foreign Culture requirement.

Track 2 - Major Requirements for Competency-Based Interdisciplinary Study (36 credits)

In consultation with Faculty Coordinator Dr. Sarah Mattice, each student will chose eleven (11) upper-division (3000-, 4000- level) courses, including (i) at least three advanced writing/communication courses, (ii) at least four critical thinking courses or four quantitative reasoning and analysis courses, and (iii) four additional courses that focus on specific competencies. Courses cannot count toward both the general education requirement and the requirement for the major.

Also in consultation with Faculty Coordinator Dr. Sarah Mattice, each student will select a capstone course involving either (i) a research project or (ii) an experiential learning project (based on but not limited to a TLO or transformational learning opportunity, a community-based learning opportunity, or a leadership opportunity) in which students synthesize the learning they have attained in relation to their goals and outcomes.

As they develop their programs of study, students should also meet with COAS advisor Mr. Keith Martin to review graduation requirements and any impact on time to graduation.

Each student must also complete the Foreign Language/Foreign Culture requirement.

B.A. in International Studies  

Program Director: Dr. Clayton McCarl, Associate Professor of Spanish, clayton.mccarl@unf.edu
COAS Advisor: Greshka German-Stuart
g.german@unf.edu

The International Studies Program endows students with knowledge of international studies as a discipline and with the skills necessary to become effective global citizens. The Departments of Economics and Geography, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science and Public Administration, Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, and Languages, Literatures and Cultures cooperatively provide students with an interdisciplinary curriculum that captures the wide-ranging historical, political, geographical, economic, social, and cultural forces at play in an increasingly interdependent world. A required study abroad component ensures that majors experience the world they study and cultures other than their own.

International Studies Major (30 credit hours) 

The major allows undergraduate students to pursue an interdisciplinary study of the world today and comparative study of foreign cultures, languages, and societies leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies. Students majoring in the International Studies program will complete a five-course core requirement (15 semester hours) which provides the framework for a better understanding of global affairs. Beyond the core course requirements, the major permits students to select three courses (9 semester hours) from one of six thematic or regional study tracks:

• Asian studies
• European Studies
• Foreign Language and Culture
• International Relations and Politics
• Latin American Studies
• Middle East and African Studies

Students are required to study a foreign language through the intermediate level and to undertake an international educational experience. Finally, students complete a required Capstone experience in their senior year. Recommended prerequisites are INR 2002 Introduction to International Relations and/or CPO 2002 Introduction to Comparative Politics. These are not prerequisites for the major, but students cannot enroll in required core courses without first having taken at least one of these prerequisites.

Please note: This is a daytime-only major. While many courses are offered as night courses, a student cannot complete the program solely at night. A selection of core courses is offered each semester, but each individual core course is generally offered once per year.

The Capstone seminar is offered twice per year, in fall and spring.

B.A. in Religious Studies 

Program Director: Dr. Julie Ingersoll, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, jingerso@unf.edu
COAS Advisor: Greshka German-Stuart
g.german@unf.edu

Religion has been the source of great human achievement and of much cultural conflict. The discipline of Religious Studies seeks to understand why and how this is the case. To this end, in courses that are taught from a variety of perspectives and disciplines (including religious studies proper, philosophy, anthropology, history, literary studies, and sociology). Religious Studies offers students an opportunity to explore a range of meaning-making systems—their beliefs, practices, texts, history, and social-cultural functions. In learning how seemingly foreign systems of meaning make sense to those who hold them, students are asked to make explicit their own assumptions about their religious beliefs, to look at their assumptions from the point of view of someone who does not share them, and thus to deepen their understanding of how their beliefs compare with the beliefs of others in relation to the course of human civilization.

Religious Studies Major (30 credit hours)  

The Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies requires a total of 120 semester hours. Religious Studies majors take a total of 30 credit hours of coursework: 27 hours across four categories of courses—(i) foundations, (ii) methods, (iii) traditions, and (iv) topics—and 3 hours of a Senior Seminar Capstone course. Religious Studies majors are encouraged to participate in a study abroad experience.

Cross-Disciplinary Minors  

African Diaspora/African American Studies (15 Hours). This cross-disciplinary program is designed to promote the academic study of, as well as a broad appreciation for, the diversity and richness of peoples and cultures throughout the African Diaspora. Multidisciplinary methods of inquiry and research give students a range of theoretical approaches to the central questions and concerns of Diaspora studies—including race, culture, identity, diversity, history, and society. Students examine these central concerns through regional, national, and global perspectives. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in internships, service learning, and study abroad in order to bridge theory and praxis.

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Tru Leverette, Associate Professor of English, tleveret@unf.edu


Asian Studies (15 Hours). This cross-disciplinary program is administered by the Department of History. It is designed to facilitate an academic concentration in South, Southeast, or East Asian civilization. Courses for this program come from a variety of Arts and Sciences departments.

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Charles Closmann, Associate Professor of History, cclosman@unf.edu


Classical Civilization (15 Hours). The Classical Civilization minor is a cross-disciplinary program administered by the Department of History. The minor enables students to fashion a course of study imparting a broad yet coherent understanding of the civilization of ancient Greece and Rome. Courses for this program come from a variety of Arts and Sciences departments.

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Phil Kaplan of the Department of History, pkaplan@unf.edu


Environmental Studies (15 Hours). This program focuses on understanding the nature and complexity of environmental issues in relation to a range of issues, including the carrying capacity of our planet, the idea of sustainability, the challenges of managing resources wisely, the meaning of environmental stewardship, and the urgency of promoting environmental literacy. Courses for this program come from a variety of Arts and Sciences departments.

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Stuart Chalk, Associate Professor of Chemistry, schalk@unf.edu


Film Studies (15 Hours). Why study film? Because film is often considered the only new art form produced in the 20th Century. Because the 21st Century has witnessed the explosion of moving images into nearly every sphere of contemporary life, and advances in technology have made film/video/audio technology widely and easily available. Because film functions as a unique art form, a social barometer, a cultural artifact, an historical record, a political argument, an agent of change, and a good time. Because it is complex in construction and function, and yet directly powerful in its effect. Because the reach of film is so wide, and because the film minor thrives as a community when students come from varied perspectives and fields of study. Courses for this program come from a variety of Arts and Sciences departments.

Faculty Coordinators: Dr. Jillian Smith, Associate Professor of English, jlsmith@unf.edu, Dr. Nicholas de Villiers, Associate Professor of English, n.devilliers@unf.edu; and Dr. Jason Mauro, Associate Professor of English, jmauro@unf.edu


Gender Studies (15 Hours).
The purpose of the Gender Studies minor is to provide interested students with an opportunity to focus a portion of their college studies on issues related to women's lives, culture and history, men's studies, and to the impact of gender on human experience and behavior across a variety of disciplines. In particular, the minor explores gender issues and experience and fosters educational equity. It provides an opportunity for faculty and students alike to explore women's changing social roles, experiences, problems, and contributions to society, which have often been omitted in the traditional academic disciplines. Also included in the gender studies minor is the growing new area of men's studies, which focus on men as a sex and how gender impacts men's lives. Courses in the Gender Studies minor investigate the full diversity of women's and men's experience and gender issues. The minor provides opportunities for true interdisciplinary learning, since the program requires students to take courses from across college and university offerings.

Faculty Coordinators: Dr. Jenni Lieberman, Assistant Professor of English, j.lieberman@unf.edu; Dr. Erinn Gilson, Associate Professor of Philosophy, e.gilson@unf.edu


Interdisciplinary Studies (15 Hours). In consultation with COAS advisor Mr. Keith Martin, students develop a five-course program of study organized around either (i) a cross-disciplinary theme, issue, problem, challenge, or question or (ii) cross-disciplinary skills in advanced writing and critical thinking/quantitative reasoning and analysis.

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Sarah Mattice, Assistant Professor of Philosophy,
s.mattice@unf.edu, 904-620-1330.

COAS Advisor: Mr. Keith Martin, Associate Director, College of Arts and Sciences Advising, kemartin@unf.edu,904-620-2797.


International Studies (15 Hours). This cross-disciplinary program enables undergraduate students to pursue a comparative study of foreign cultures, languages, and societies. Courses come from a wide range of departments (including but not limited to anthropology, economics, geography, and political science) and involve a range of research methods. Together these courses and their methodologies provide the framework for a better understanding of global affairs. Students minoring in International Studies must complete three of the five core courses required of the major and two electives from within the same regional study track.

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Clayton McCarl, Associate Professor of Spanish, clayton.mccarl@unf.edu


Religious Studies (15 Hours). Religion has been the source of great human achievement and of much cultural conflict. This cross-disciplinary minor seeks to understand why and how this is the case. Courses taught from a variety of perspectives and disciplines offer students opportunities to explore a range of meaning-making systems—including the beliefs, practices, texts, history, and social-cultural functions that constitute these systems. In learning how seemingly foreign systems of meaning make sense to those who hold them, students are asked to make explicit their own assumptions about their religious beliefs, to look at their assumptions from the point of view of someone who does not share them, and thus to deepen their understanding of how their beliefs compare with the beliefs of others in relation to the course of human civilization. Students minoring in Religious Studies must take REL 2300—Comparative Religion, REL 3102—Religion as Culture, and any three upper level Religious Studies (REL) courses and/or courses offered by other departments and approved for this minor.

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Julie Ingersoll, Associate Professor Religious Studies, jingerso@unf.edu


Urban and Metropolitan Studies (15 Hours). The world is becoming increasingly urban, and most human beings now make their lives in cities. The Urban and Metropolitan Studies Minor allows students to study cities and urban life from a variety of perspectives, examining where and how cities form, the distinct kinds of problems faced by cities and urban residents, and how scholars are pursuing these types of questions. Courses are drawn from anthroopology, history, political science, sociology, and other fields.

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Krista E. Paulsen, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, kpaulsen@unf.edu , 904-620-2560