The purpose of the Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts major is to offer a liberal arts degree in upper-level courses with two areas of concentration. In general, the program seeks to address growing societal and academic needs calling for increased integrative abilities and for broadened critical thinking skills. The degree is for students who wish to do course work in the areas of Art, Christian Studies, Education, English, History, Linguistics, Mass Communication, Music, Spanish, and Theatre. (Students can also combine these disciplines with those included in the B.S. interdisciplinary program.)
In keeping with the institution’s Statement of Purpose, this major:
The goals of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program are to meet the needs of students who do not want to determine a specific major, but want a mixture of disciplines in order to meet a specific career goal, or want to pursue a specialized field in graduate study rather than at the undergraduate level.
The Interdisciplinary Studies Program offers students the opportunity to focus on two areas of concentration and construct a degree program that reflects their own special interests. The primary area of concentration will consist of 24 hours in a chosen discipline, and the secondary area will consist of 18 hours in a chosen discipline.
The category of the primary area will determine whether the student is classified as a B.A. or a B.S. candidate. Each department may, at its discretion, offer an exact listing of courses available to the interdisciplinary student.
Students must meet all prerequisites for both the 24 and 18 hours in primary and secondary components. No 1000 level courses can count toward either the 24 or 18 hour totals. NO MORE THAN NINE (9) HOURS OF COURSEWORK IN THE PRIMARY COMPONENT AND NO MORE THAN SIX (6) HOURS OF COURSEWORK IN THE SECONDARY COMPONENT CAN COUNT TOWARD THE TOTAL NUMBER OF RESPECTIVE HOURS (24 AND 18).
Note that students may, in special extenuating cases, exceed the 15 hours of allowable 2000 level coursework by three hours and no more than three (for a total, then, of 18 hours in 2000 level coursework). The extra three hours may fall in either the primary or the secondary component and must be approved by the respective department chair, the chair of the IDS program, and the Dean of Humanities. Such action may be deemed appropriate, for example, in cases where students are faced with multiple prerequisite sequences (as would obtain in a Music/Art coupling), or in cases where a class rotation does not permit a student to take a 3000 or 4000 level course.
Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
General Education Requirements
COLL 1100, 1300 or HNRS 1210 1, 2, or 3 hours
Total 59-61 hours
INTD 2100: 1 hour
Additional Requirements Stipulations
All students at North Greenville University must earn one credit for chapel and cultural events for each semester of full-time enrollment (up to 8 credits).
All interdisciplinary students are required to take INTD 2100, a sophomore introductory course (1 hour), ENGL 4328, Advanced Expository Writing (3 hours), and INTD 4300, a Senior Interdisciplinary Seminar, integrating studies from the four years of college. This seminar is generally taken during the final semester of studies. The sophomore introductory course needs to be taken during the appropriate year.
A student who wishes to declare an interdisciplinary major should contact the departmental chair to submit an application, listing areas of interest. Before the student begins upper-level courses in the primary and secondary areas, he or she must complete a curriculum contract to be filed with the departmental chair, the appropriate deans, the advisor, and the registrar. With assistance from the advisor, the student holds final responsibility for meeting all degree requirements.
A distinguishing feature of the B.A. degree program in Interdisciplinary Studies is the requirement of twelve (12) hours of foreign language. For those students who have a foreign language as one of their components, the 12-hour language requirement may be fulfilled by either a second non-native language or by 12 hours of elective courses.
Art Interdisciplinary Concentration
Christian Studies Interdisciplinary Concentration
Education Interdisciplinary Concentration
English Interdisciplinary Concentration
French Interdisciplinary Concentration
History/Political Science Interdisciplinary Concentration
Linguistics Interdisciplinary Concentration
Mass Communication Interdisciplinary Concentration
Spanish Interdisciplinary Concentration
Theatre Interdisciplinary Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in American Studies
The American Studies Program is a special Interdisciplinary B.A. degree designed for students who wish to combine US history, literature, business and government studies. The difference in this program, compared to other North Greenville University interdisciplinary offerings, is that students will study a total package program rather than a program divided into concentrations.
In keeping with North Greenville University’s statement of purpose, the program is designed so that students may integrate academics, Christian lifestyle, and cultural experience. For purposes of this program, culture is defined as a system of values and meanings that give structure to personal, spiritual, and social behavior. The American Studies student will concentrate on the ways that literature, politics, history, Christianity, communication, business, economics, and the fine arts have shaped our culture. With scholastic rigor, American Studies will stress all of the above areas and their coming together in interdisciplinary modes of interpretation. The degree will prepare students for entry into law school or other graduate degree programs in literature, government, history, or American studies.
Students majoring in Interdisciplinary American Studies will:
General Education Requirements:
Total 59 - 61 hours
Required Supporting Courses
Total 15 hours
Major Degree Requirements:
The following courses are required of all American Studies Interdisciplinary majors:
Total 18 hours
A total of eight additional courses, twenty four hours, will be required from the courses listed below. Program designs will be developed and approved by the student and advisor at the beginning of study.
Total 24 hours
Required Senior Seminar INTD 4300 3 hours
Art Study Tour to Washington, DC and New York
BUSN 1330 Introduction to Business
ECON 2310 Principles of Economics: Macro
HIST 2330, World History
PHIL 2300 Introduction to Philosophy