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Interdisciplinary Programs

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a collection of programs that do not reside in one of the departments or schools in the college. These programs provide a blend of different disciplines from more than one area.


Africana Studies - Minor

The Africana studies (AFS) program uses an interdisciplinary framework to explore the historical, political, cultural, and economic experiences of people of African descent around the world. There is a specific regional emphasis on the African continent, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Using the theoretical and methodological approaches of Africana studies, our goal is to equip students with the analytical skills required to produce creative scholarship across disciplines. An interdisciplinary minor can maximize students' potential because they learn to articulate their perspectives to different audiences in other fields. Furthermore, in an effort to move beyond the classroom, AFS also hosts events that function as a platform for our minors to share the innovative projects they develop with the larger University community.

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Environmental Studies - Minor

The purpose of the interdisciplinary environmental studies minor is to provide students with an opportunity to better understand environmental issues and to contribute more fully to modern society. The program is designed to foster an appreciation for science, social science, and humanities that inform studies of the environment. This approach involves problem solving and decision-making, skills that will continue to increase in importance for college graduates. Additionally, an environmental studies minor will provide students with experience in an interdisciplinary setting. Graduates will have a better understanding of our environment and, it is hoped, will continue to develop the skills to work cooperatively with others.

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Gender Studies - Minor

The gender studies program is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing upon the considerable expertise of faculty in several colleges across the University.

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Independent Contract

Since 1973, the College of Arts and Sciences has had a successful program that allows interested and capable students to propose their own interdisciplinary contract major (ICM) if one of the existing traditional departmental majors does not meet their individual educational or career objectives. This option has greatly enlarged the number of possible “majors” offered within the standard curriculum, and encourages students to take advantage of the full range of course offerings throughout the colleges of the University.

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