Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
The curriculum for the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies leaves ample room for personal variation so that students, in conjunction with their academic advisor can tailor their studies to their own particular interests. This program is recommended for students whose interests do not fall under a single conventional academic heading.
Interdisciplinary studies will develop in each student the ability to:
- Make meaningful and effective connections across disciplines.
- Identify and incorporate discussions of cultural, political, artistic and religious diversity.
- Critically analyze and evaluate alternative points of view.
The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies requires successful completion of 120 credits made up of a 37-credit General Education requirement, a 36-credit major and 47 credits of free electives. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.00 on a 4.00 scale and earn at least a C grade (2.00) in every core course in the major (36 credits in Arts and Sciences electives).
Requirements for the Degree
A. Proficiency in English, Mathematics and Italian Language
A note on our Proficiency Requirements and Placement Examinations: All new first-year students are required to take placement examinations in mathematics and English. New transfer students are exempt from taking the examinations only if transfer credits in mathematics and/or English have been accepted by AUR. Italian language tests are given for students wishing to register for a course above ITL 101 (optional). The tests are given during orientation week preceding the start of each semester. The scores obtained will be used for English, mathematics and Italian placement.
B. The General Education Requirements
- Foundational Skills: First Year Seminar; Writing Skills; Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning; Italian language; IT skills; Information Literacy; Oral Presentation Skills
- The Individual in a Multicultural Society; Three courses from a list in the Catalog
- United States Government and Society; One course from a list in the Catalog
- Roma Caput Mundi; One course from a list in the Catalog
C. Interdisciplinary Studies Major Requirements
Arts and Sciences Electives. Individual programs of study will be designed for each candidate for this major, in consultation with the academic advisor for Interdisciplinary Studies. The individual program of study must have a clearly defined focus and must be approved by the Provost.
Free electives can be used towards satisfying a minor, to supplement a major or to explore other academic areas.