Liberal Studies Interdisciplanary

College of Education - Department of Education

 

Students may elect as their primary major the Liberal Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies Major, a choice appropriate only in combination with the Coordinate Major in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education. The Liberal Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies Major consists of twelve (12) courses in one of four specializations, described below. Note: Some of the required general education requirements for the Coordinate Major in Elementary Education are fulfilled through the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration.

 

Interdisciplinary Studies with Specialization in Geography and Earth Science (UIDR)

(Home Department-Geography)

General Education: Specific general education courses are required or recommended for coordinate education majors. However, students choosing the Geography and Earth Science specialization will take the required geography course and fulfill Gen. Ed. Domain III-C through courses taken in the major, leaving one free elective. Suggested electives: courses in history, literature, child psychology.

Required Courses (12):

Writing (choose one):

  • ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism
  • ENGL 280 Persuasive Writing
  • ENGL 282 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 284 Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 286 Professional Writing

Science:

  • CHEM 103 Introductory Chemistry

Mathematics (choose one):

  • MATH 120 College Mathematics II*
  • MATH 117 Introduction to Statistics
  • MATH 123 College Algebra
  • MATH 200 Precalculus
  • MATH 201 Intuitive Geometry

*Note: MATH 120 College Mathematics II is the required mathematics course for all Elementary Coordinate Majors. It is the recommended mathematics course for Early Childhood Coordinate Majors.

Five (5) Geography courses:

  • GEOG 101 Introduction to Human Geography
  • GEOG 110 World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 2xx Any regional geography course at the 200-level

Choose two (2) of the following:

  • GEOG 201 Economic Geography
  • GEOG 206 Political Geography
  • GEOG 211 Cultural Geography
  • GEOG 212 Geographic Perspectives on the Environment
  • GEOG 230 Geography of Natural and Man-Made Hazards

Four (4) Earth Science courses:

  • ASTR 220 The Solar System
  • EASC 241 Introduction to Meteorology
  • GEOL 231 Physical Geology
  • GEOL 246 Oceanography

 

Interdisciplinary Studies with Specialization in Language Arts (UIDE)

(Home Department-English)

General Education: Specific general education courses are required or recommended for coordinate majors, as outlined in 1 above. However, students choosing the Language Arts specialization will fulfill Gen. Ed. Domain I-B. Suggested electives are courses in history, or child psychology.

Required Courses (12):

Writing (choose one):

  • ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism
  • ENGL 280 Persuasive Writing
  • ENGL 282 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 284 Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 286 Professional Writing
  • ENGL 333 Critical Writing

Science (choose one):

  • CHEM 103 Introductory Chemistry
  • CHEM 131 Science-Environment and Health
  • EASC 241 Introduction to Meteorology
  • EASC 246 Oceanography
  • GEOL 231 Physical Geology
  • ASTR 220 The Solar System

Mathematics (choose one):

  • MATH 120 College Mathematics II*
  • MATH 117 Introduction to Statistics
  • MATH 123 College Algebra
  • MATH 200 Precalculus
  • MATH 201 Intuitive Geometry

*Note: MATH 120 College Mathematics II is the required mathematics course for all Elementary Coordinate Majors. It is the recommended mathematics course for Early Childhood Coordinate Majors.

One (1) Grammar Course:

  • ENGL 297 English Grammar

Five (5) Literature Courses:

  • ENGL 204 Literary Study
  • One children’s literature course
  • Three (3) literature courses (excludes children’s literature and at least one at the 300-400 level)

Two (2) courses in speech, drama, or film from the following:

  • COMM 115 Introduction to Speech Communication
  • COMM 201 Oral Interpretation of Literature
  • COMM 212 Drama Workshop
  • One Film Course

 One (1) additional elective in children’s literature, writing, speech, drama, film, or literature.

 

Interdisciplinary Studies with Specialization in Natural Sciences (UIDA)

(Home Department-Physics and Earth Sciences)

General Education: Specific general education courses are required or recommended for coordinate majors, as outlined in section 1 above. Students choosing the Natural Science specialization will fulfill Gen. Ed. Domain II-B. Also, student’s in this specialization must substitute PHYS 201 Introductory Physics for PHSC 109 Introduction to Physical Science.

Required Courses (12):

Writing (choose one):

  • ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism
  • ENGL 280 Persuasive Writing
  • ENGL 282 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 284 Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 286 Professional Writing

Mathematics:

  • MATH 200 Precalculus

Two (2) Biology courses:

  • One (1) course from the following:
    • BIOL 240 Botanical Diversity
    • BIOL 250 Horticulture
    • BIOL 251 Vascular Plant Taxonomy
  • One (1) course from the following:
    • BIOL 211 Biology of the Reptilia
    • BIOL 232 Invertebrate Zoology
    • BIOL 320 Animal Behavior

Three (3) Chemistry and Food Science courses:

One (1) course from the following:

  • CHEM 108 Principles of Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis
  • CHEM 131 Science - Environment and Health
  • FDSC 151 Principles of Food Science

Three (3) Earth Science courses from the following:

  • ASTR 220 The Solar System
  • EASC 241 Introduction to Meteorology
  • EASC 246 Oceanography
  • GEOL 231 Physical Geology

 

Interdisciplinary Studies with Specialization in Social Sciences (UIDD)

(Home Department-History)

General Education: Specific general education courses are required or recommended for coordinate majors, as outlined in section 1 above. However, students choosing the Social Sciences specialization will fulfill Gen. Ed. Domain III-A as well as the Study of the Constitutions requirement through history courses taken in the major, leaving one free elective. Suggested electives are courses in literature, child psychology.

Required Courses (12):

Writing:

  • HIST 250 Historical Research and Writing

Science (choose one):

  • CHEM 103 Introductory Chemistry
  • CHEM 131 Science-Environment and Health
  • EASC 241 Introduction to Meteorology
  • EASC 246 Oceanography
  • GEOL 231 Physical Geology
  • ASTR 220 The Solar System

Mathematics (choose one):

  • MATH 120 College Mathematics II*
  • MATH 117 Introduction to Statistics
  • MATH 123 College Algebra
  • MATH 200 Precalculus
  • MATH 201 Intuitive Geometry

*Note: MATH 120 College Mathematics II is the required mathematics course for all Elementary Coordinate Majors. It is the recommended mathematics course for Early Childhood Coordinate Majors.

Six (6) History Courses:

  • HIST 151 U.S. History to Reconstruction
  • HIST 153 Europe and the World to circa 1450
  • HIST 154 Europe and the World since circa 1450
  • HIST xxx Three (3) intermediate level history courses (one must be outside North America or Europe)

Three (3) Geography Courses:

  • GEOG 2xx A regional geography course at the 200-level (not North America or Europe)

One (1) of the following:

  • GEOG 250 Geography of the United States and Canada
  • GEOG 251 Geography of New England

One (1) of the following:

  • GEOG 201 Economic Geography
  • GEOG 206 Political Geography
  • GEOG 211 Cultural Geography
  • GEOG 212 Geographic Perspectives on the Environment