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Interdepartmental Programs

Sample Programs

Below is a sample list of recently approved Interdepartmental Majors and Minors. Please select a title to see details. Please note that creating a major or minor that has been approved in the past does not necessarily mean your program will be approved. Consult with an advisor in the Multidisciplinary Studies Center before submitting a proposal.

Minors:

Artistic and Mathematical Space
Division: Natural Sciences

Core Courses:

  • MTH 265: Functions of a Real Variable
  • SA 396: Senior Seminar I
  • SA 397: Senior Seminar II
  • MTH 215: Fractals and Computer Graphics
  • MTH 250: Introduction to Geometry
  • MTH 240: Introduction to Topology
  • MTH 248: Graph Theory
  • SA 222A: Advanced Painting
  • SA 391W: Independent Study: Origami Design
  • MTH 391W: Independent Study: Mathematical Intuition

Supplementary Courses:

  • MTH 200: Proofs and Fundamentals
  • MTH 235: Linear Algebra
  • MTH 395: Research: Mathematics of Origami
  • MTH 393: Honors Thesis/Senior Project

Astrobiology
Division: Natural Sciences

Core Courses:

  • AST 241: Astrophysics I
  • AST 232: Milky Way Galaxy
  • BIO 263W: Ecology
  • BIO 266: Tree of Life
  • CHM 203: Organic Chemistry I
  • EES 201: Evolution of the Earth
  • EES 218W: Chemistry of Global Change
  • EES 255: Planetary Science
  • PHY 235W: Classic Mechanics
  • PHY 237: Quantum Mechanics of Physics

Supplementary Courses:

  • CHM 207: Organic Chemistry Lab I
  • MTH 281: Fourier Analysis with Partial Differential Equations

Bioinformatics
Division: Natural Sciences

Core Courses:

  • BIO 198: Principles of Genetics
  • BIO 250: Introduction to Biochemistry
  • BIO 253: Computational Biology
  • IND 395W: Independent Study
  • MTH 201: Introduction to Probability
  • MTH 202: Introduction to Stochastic Processes
  • MTH 218: Introduction to math Models in the Life Sciences
  • CSC 161: Art of Programming
  • CSC 172: Science of Data Structure
  • CSC 212: Human-Computer Interaction

Supplementary Courses:

  • STT 211: Applied Statistics for the Social Sciences I
  • BIO 395W: Independent Research
  • MTH 165: Linear Algebra with Differential Equations

Chinese Studies
Division: Humanities

Core Courses:

  • CHI 102: Elementary Chinese II
  • CHI 202: Advanced Intermediate Chinese I
  • CHI 203: Advanced Intermediate Chinese II
  • CHI 204: Advanced Chinese I (study abroad course)
  • CHI 205: Advanced Chinese II (study abroad course)
  • Chinese Philosophy and Modern China (study abroad course)
  • CHI 232: Asian Calligraphy
  • CHI 391: Politics and Science in China
  • HIS 183: Modern China
  • HIS 283: Political Economics of China

Supplementary Courses:

  • CHI 114: Conversational Chinese

Contemporary American Society
Division: Social Sciences

Core Courses:

  • HIS 148: Recent America, 1929-1980
  • HIS 268: American Thought: 1865-1990
  • HIS 390: Vietnam War Seminar (transfer credit)
  • PHL 223W: Social and Political Theory
  • PSC 220: Social Movements in the U.S.
  • PSC 237: Domestic Social Policy
  • PSC 281: Formal Models in Political Science
  • PSY 161: Social Psychology and Individual Differences
  • PSY 262W: Human Motivation and Emotion
  • SOC 205: Microsociology

Supplementary Courses:

  • PSC 101: Introduction to American Politics (transfer credit)
  • MUS 141D: The Blues
  • PSY 171: Social and Emotional Development
  • PSY 278: Adolescent Psychology

Critical Foundations of Political and Social Thought
Division: Social Sciences

Core Courses:

  • PHL 308: Morality and War
  • PSC 200: Applied Data Analysis
  • PSC 288: Game Theory
  • PSC 391: Independent Study
  • Patterns of Power (study abroad course)
  • Modern British Political History (study abroad course)
  • PSC 267W: Identity, Ethnicity and Nationalism
  • PSC 272: Theories of International Relations
  • CLT 281B: Psychoanalysis and Literature
  • ANT 227: Local and Global Market Research

Cultural Consumerism
Division: Social Sciences

Core Courses:

  • ANT 227: Local and Global Market Research
  • ANT 225: Social Uses of Media
  • ANT 245: American Culture
  • ANT 391: Ethnographic Approach to Marketing
  • LIN 105: Language in Advertising
  • PSY 364W: Independent Study
  • Management and Organization Analysis (study abroad course)
  • MKT 203: Principles of Marketing
  • MKT 213: Marketing Projects
  • HIS 252: Cultural History of the U.S.: 1876-Present
  • HIS 361: Socioeconomic Development in the Atlantic World

Supplementary Courses:

  • STT 211: Applied Statistics for Social Science
  • FMS 205: Introduction to Digital Art
  • ECO 207: Intermediate Microeconomics

Cultural Identities
Division: Humanities

Core Courses:

  • MUR 122: History of Jazz
  • MUR 141: The Blues
  • ENG 228: Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
  • ENG 250: Representation of Race
  • ENG 250: Asian American Fiction
  • ANT 191Q: Cultural Anthropology
  • REL 226: Martin and Malcom in America
  • AH 274: Cultural History of American Architecture
  • JST 220: Yiddish Literature
  • PSC 282W: Art and Politics

Supplementary Courses:

  • IND 391: Independent Study

Environmental Policy
Division: Social Sciences

Core Courses:

  • ANT 226: Culture and Consumption
  • ANT 278W: Birth and Death II: Making Populations Healthy
  • ANT 281K: Solving URs Environmental Footprint
  • BIO 104K: Ecosystem Conservation and Human SOciety
  • CHE 150: Green Engineering
  • EES 318W: Environmental Decisions
  • PHL 230: Environmental Justice
  • PSC 247: Green Markets
  • PSC 243: Environmental Politics
  • EDU 391: Independent Study

Supplementary Courses:

  • DAN 214: Community, Earth and Body
  • AAS 277: Energy Resources and Utilization
  • EES 103: Introduction to Environmental Science

Global Studies in Sustainability
Division: Social Sciences

Core Courses:

  • CHE 150: Green Engineering
  • ED 332: China's Developmental and Environmental Challenges (study abroad course)
  • EES 219W: Energy and Mineral Resources
  • EES 319W: Energy Decisions
  • PSC 243: Environmental Politics
  • PSC 294: International Political Economy
  • ANT 227: Local and Global Market Research
  • ANT 226: Culture and COnsumption
  • ANT 280K: Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Transportation
  • CHE 150: Green Engineering for a Sustainable Environment
  • EC 321: Indian Microeconomic Development (study abroad course)

Health Statistics
Division: Natural Sciences

Core Courses:

  • STT 211: Applied Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • STT 216: Applied Statistics II
  • STT 277: Computing: Introduction to Statistical Software
  • STT 278: Methods of Data Analysis
  • STT 221W: Sampling Techniques
  • PH 103: Concepts in Epidemiology
  • BST 463: Introduction to Biostatistics
  • BST 465: Clinical Trial Design
  • HIS 305W: American Health Policy and Statistics
  • PHL 228: Public Health Ethics

Supplementary Courses:

  • PH 101: Introduction to Public Health I
  • PH 102: Introduction to Public health II
  • HLS 116: Introduction to the U.S. Health System

Holistic Health Studies

Division: Natural Sciences

Core Courses:

  • BIO 203: Mammalian Anatomy
  • BIO 204: Mammalian Physiology
  • BIO 110: Principles of Biology I
  • BIO 111: Principles of Biology II
  • BCS 151: Perception and Action
  • PSY 262W: Human Motivation and Emotion
  • PSY 283: Behavioral Medicine
  • DANCE 211: T'Aichi: Explorations in Qi
  • STT 211: Applied Statistics for the Social Sciences I
  • HIS 208W: Health, Medicine and Social Reform

Integrative Neurobiology
Division: Natural Sciences

Core Courses:

  • BIO 198 Principles of Genetics
  • BIO 203 Mammalian Anatomy
  • BIO 205 Evolution
  • BIO 247 Environmental Animal Physiology
  • BIO 260 Animal Behavior
  • BIO 263 Ecology
  • BCS 172 Development of Mind and Brain
  • BCS 183 Animal Minds
  • BCS/NSC 244 Neuroethology
  • BCS/NSC 249 Developmental Neurobiology

Supplementary Courses:

  • CSP 391 Independent Study: Biological Effects of Color on Attraction
  • BCS 240/NSC 201 Basic Neurobiology

International Social Entrepreneurship
Division: Social Sciences

Core Courses:

  • LAW 205: Business Law
  • CSP 161: Social Psychology and Individual Difference
  • IR 270W: Mechanisms of International Relations
  • ANT 310K: Social Networking Theory and Entrepreneurship I
  • ANT 311K: Social Networking Theory and Entrepreneurship II
  • CAS 391: Global Entrepreneurship
  • CAS 391: Entrepreneurship and E-Commerce
  • IR 225: International Negotiations
  • ECO 207: Intermediate Microeconomics
  • IR 272: Theories of International Relations

Supplementary Courses:

  • PSC 106: Introduction to International Relations
  • ENG 134: Public SPeaking
  • ACC 201: Principles of Accounting

Islam and the Modern World
Division: Humanities

Core Courses:

  • ANT 264: Islam and Global Politics
  • ARA 102: Elementary Arabic II
  • ARA 103: Intermediate Arabic I
  • ARA 104: Intermediate Arabic II
  • ARA 149: Contemporary Fiction from the Arab World
  • HIS 273W: Making of the Modern Middle East
  • REL 240W: Muhammad and the Qur'an
  • REL 247W: Islam and the Third World
  • REL 391: Islam and Pluralism
  • REL 391: Islam and America

Italian Language and Culture
Division: Humanities

Core Courses:

  • IT 151: Intermediate Italian I
  • IT 152: Intermediate Italian II
  • IT 157: Italian in Italy
  • IT 161: Europe Today
  • IT 124: Topics in Italian Culture
  • IT 220: Dante's Divine Comedy I
  • IT 221: Dante's Divine Comedy II
  • PSC 263W: Comparative Courts and Law
  • PSC 391W: Independent Study
  • CLT 389: Major Seminar

Italian Studies
Division: Humanities

Core Courses:

  • CL 253C: Dante's Divine Comedy I
  • CL 253D: Dante's Divine Comedy II
  • CL 389: Major Seminar
  • IT 152: Intermediate Italian II
  • IT 155: Advanced Italian Conversation and Composition
  • IT 200: Italian Culture and Advanced Italian Language
  • IT 248: Our Voyage to Italy
  • AH 350: The Art of Lombardy (study abroad course)
  • PSC 360: Issues in Italian Politics Since 1945 (study abroad course)
  • LIT 310: Italian Literature of the 19th Century (study abroad course)

Supplementary:

  • IT 114: Conversational Italian
  • IT 151: Intermediate Italian I
  • IT 400: Advanced Composition (study abroad course)
  • IT 230: Italian Conversation: Culture and Cuisine (study abroad course)

Latin-American Studies
Division: Humanities

Core Course:

  • SP 200W: Advanced Spanish Composition
  • SP 204: Spanish-American Literature
  • SP 206: Spanish-American Cultures and Civilization
  • SP 257: Spanish-American Theater and Poetry
  • SP 287: Latin-American Film
  • RLS 234: Cry Freedom
  • RLS 235: Religion and Society in Latin America
  • HIS 203: Economy and Society in Latin America
  • ANT 239: Colonial Encounters and Anthropology
  • PSC 261W: Latin American Politics
  • ISPR 3000: Catholic Renewal (study abroad course)

Supplementary Courses:

  • QUEC 1000: Intensive Language Study: Quechua (study abroad course)
  • LACB 3000: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization (study abroad course)

Linguistic Anthropology
Division: Social Sciences

Core Courses:

  • ANT 101: Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 204W: Ethnographic Themes
  • ANT 110: Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
  • LIN 102: Language and Social Identity
  • LIN 225: Lexical Semantics
  • LIN 226: Morphology
  • ASL 200W: Signed Language Structures
  • FS/AN 340: Media and Society (study abroad course)
  • ANT 201: Theory and Method in Anthropology
  • ASL 250: Sociology of Deaf Community

Media and Cultural Studies
Division: Humanities

Core Courses:

  • AH 100: Introduction to Visual and Cultural Studies
  • MUR 125: History of Rock Music
  • ANT 266: Global Culture
  • ANT 225: Social Uses of Media
  • HIS 252: Cultural History of U.S.: 1876-Present
  • HIS 302W: Power of Print
  • HIS 304W: The Beats and Beyond
  • AH 287: Culture in Display
  • AH 350: Andy Warhol
  • FMS 234: Film History

Supplementary Courses:

  • MUR 161: Broadcasting in the Digital Age
  • FMS 257F/LIN 105: Language in Advertising

Middle Eastern Studies
Division: Humanities

Core Courses:

  • ANT 264: Islam and Global Politics
  • ARA 103: Intermediate Arabic
  • ARA 203: Arabic Prose
  • HEB 204: Hebrew Through Conversation
  • HIS 244W: Islam and the Third World
  • JST 203: History of Judaism
  • PSC 270W: Mechanisms of International Relations
  • HIS 117: History of Islam
  • Upper Intermediate Hebrew (study abroad course)
  • Lower Intermediate Hebrew (study abroad course)
  • Middle East: Rapprochement and Coexistence (study abroad course)

Supplementary Courses:

  • ARA 101: Elementary Arabic I
  • ARA 102: Elementary Arabic II
  • HEB 103: Intermediate Hebrew

Music in Contemporary American
Division: Humanities

Core Courses:

  • ANT 226: Culture and Consumption
  • HIS 252: Cultural History of the U.S.: 1876-Present
  • MUR 122: History of Jazz
  • MUR 127: The Blues
  • MUR 211: Theory III
  • MUR 214B: Analysis of Popular Music
  • MUR 394: Internship
  • PSY 267W: Psychology of Gender
  • WST 129: Women and Music
  • MKT 203: Principles of Marketing

Supplementary Courses:

  • MUR 134: Musical Styles and Genre
  • MUR 201: Jazz Theory and Improvisation
  • PSY 278W: Adolescent Development
  • MUE 110: Introduction to Music Education

Myth and Folklore
Division: Humanities

Core Courses:

  • ANT 203W: Ritual, Myth and Scripture
  • ENG 201: Beowulf
  • AH 280: Native American Art and Religion
  • ENG 206: Medieval Celtic Literature
  • ENG 112: Classical and Scriptural Backgrounds
  • ENG 254: Arthurian Traditions
  • ENG 244: Myth, Fairytale and the Didactics of Popular Culture
  • ENG 380: Robin Hood: All-American Hero
  • REL 250: Shiva and Shakti
  • REL 252: Heroines and Heroes

Supplementary Courses:

  • CLA 135: Classical Mythology

Native American Studies
Division: Social Sciences

Core Courses:

  • AH 277: The Museum and the "Other"
  • AH 280: Native American Art and Religion
  • ETH 290: Independent Study
  • ANT 274: Creative Ethnography
  • HIS 172: Indians and Other Americans
  • HIS 200: Introduction to Archaeology
  • HIS 204: History of Federal Indian Law
  • HIS 262: Gender and Representation in Native American Art
  • ENG 391: Representatives of Native Americans in Colonial and Post-Colonial Fiction
  • ANT 101: Cultural Anthropology

Religion and Politics of the Middle East
Division: Social Sciences

Core Courses:

  • ANT 264: Islam and Global Politics
  • IR 226: America's 21st Century Wars
  • JST 214: Imagining the Jew
  • REL 240W: Muhammad and the Qur'an
  • ANT 203: Ritual Myth and Scripture
  • JST 113: History of Judaism
  • REL 247W: Islam and the Third World
  • PSC 48192: Negotiating Middle East Peace (study abroad course)
  • PSC 48221: History of the Modern State of Israel (study abroad course)
  • PSC 48289: Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Documentary History (study abroad course)

Socioeconomic Anthropology
Division: Social Sciences

Core Courses:

  • ANT 227: Local and Global Market Research
  • ANT 202: Modern Social Theory: Key Texts and Issues
  • ANT 291: Research Practicum: Doing Anthropology
  • ANT 226: Culture and Consumption
  • SOC 310K: Social Network Theory and Entrepreneurship
  • ANT 280K: Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Transportation
  • PSC 239K: Nature of Entrepreneurship
  • PSC 262: Globalization Past and present
  • PSY 264: Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • ECO 207: Intermediate Microeconomics
  • PSC 200: Applied Data Analysis

Supplementary Courses:

  • ANT 101: Cultural Anthropology
  • ECO 108: Principles of Economics

Stage and Screen Culture
Division: Humanities

Core Courses:

  • ANT 202: Modern Social Theory
  • ANT 203: Ritual, Myth and Scripture
  • ENG 123: Playwriting
  • ENG 235: 20th Century Drama
  • ENG 252: Theatre in England
  • ENG 240: Literacy Cultural Theory
  • FMS 246: Bright Lights, Big City
  • FMS 288: Cinema and Revolution
  • FMS 356: Classical Film Theory
  • SCAN 7503: Icelandic Folklore (study abroad course)

Supplementary Courses:

  • ENG 203: Early English Drama
  • ENG 244: Myth and Fairy Tale
  • ENG 177: Acting Techniques
  • ECLS 6004: Context and Comparison (study abroad course)

Sustainability Planning and Development
Division: Social Sciences

Core Courses:

  • ANT 224: Culture, Economy and Global Sustainability
  • ANT 226: Culture and Consumption
  • ANT 227: Local and GLobal Market Research
  • BIO 104: Ecosystem Conservation and Human Society
  • CHE 281K: Solving URs Environmental Footprint
  • EES 218W: The Chemistry of Global Change
  • EES 318W: Environmental Decisions
  • HIS 371W: Environmental History
  • PSC 243: Seminar on Environmental Politics

Supplementary Courses:

  • PHL 230: Environmental Justice

Sustainable Development
Division: Social Sciences

Core Courses:

  • ANT 223: Nature, Landscape, Environment
  • ANT 224: Anthropology and Development
  • ANT 226: Culture and Consumption
  • CHE 281K: Solving URs Environmental Footprint
  • EES 103: Introduction to Environmental Science
  • EES 318W: Environmental Decisions
  • ECO 238: Environmental Economics
  • PHL 230: Environmental Justice
  • PSC 243W: Seminar of Environmental Politics
  • Sustainable Development: Environmental, Political and Social Issues (study abroad course)

Sustainable Policy and Systems
Division: Social Sciences

Core Courses:

  • EES 219: Energy and Mineral Resources
  • EES 318W: Environmental Decisions
  • ANT 281K: Solving URs Environmental Footprint
  • ANT 227: Local and Global Market Research
  • PHL 230: Environmental Justices
  • PSC 209: Interest Groups in America
  • ECO 238: Environmental Economics
  • PSC 262: Globalization Past and Present
  • CHE 391: Independent Study
  • CHE 393: Senior Project

Supplementary Courses:

  • STT 211: Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • ECO 108: Principles of Economics

Sustainable Urban Development
Division: Social Sciences

Core Courses:

  • AH 398: Modern Architecture and Urbanism: The LA Modern
  • ANT 281K: Solving URs Environmental Footprint
  • ANT 202: Modern Social Theory
  • ANT 227: Local and Global Market Research
  • ECO 108: Introduction to Economics
  • ECO 224: Economics of Sports and Entertainment
  • Metropolitan Development: Urban Studies (study abroad course)
  • The Transformed and Recycled City (study abroad course)
  • HIS 169: The Transatlantic Twenties
  • HIS 373W: Sex and Gender in the American City

Supplementary Courses:

  • PSC 106: Introduction to International Relations
  • PSC 243: Seminar on Environmental Politics
  • SA 151: Introductory Digital Art
  • SA 252A: Advanced Digital Art

Urban Dynamics
Division: Social Sciences

Core Courses:

  • AH 274: Cultural History of American Architecture
  • AH 114: Creating Architecture
  • AH 3001: Art and Architecture of Prague (study abroad course)
  • AH 394: Urban Studies Internship
  • ANT 2204: Anthropology of Development
  • ANT 280K: Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Transportation
  • PSC 220: Social Movements in the United States
  • PSC 243: Environmental Politics
  • ECO 224: Economics of SPorts and Entertainment
  • ECO 251W: Industrial Organization
  • ECO 207: Intermediate Microeconomics

Supplementary Courses:

  • ECO 209: Intermediate Macroeconomics

Urban Youth Studies
Division: Social Sciences

Core Courses:

  • ECO 207: Microeconomics
  • ECO 209: Macroeconomics
  • ECO 253W: Economics and Social Conditions of African Americans
  • ANT 201: Theory and Method in Anthropology
  • ANT 391W: Supporting Incarcerated Youth
  • PSY 278: Adolescent Development
  • PSY 171: Social and Emotional Development
  • ENT 227: Entrepreneurship in Not-for-Profit Environment
  • ED 425: Minority Youth Development in Urban Contexts

Supplementary Courses:

  • ANT 101: Cultural Anthropology
  • ECO 108: Principles of Economics

Artistic Activism: World of Dance and Politics
Division: Social Science

Core Courses:

  • DAN 214: Community, Earth and Body
  • DAN 281: Dance, Culture and Ethnicity
  • DAN 204: Contact Improvisation and Culture
  • PSC 202: Argument in Political Science
  • PSC 225: Race and Political Representation
  • Fundamental Modern Dance (transfer credit)
  • PSC 227: The Black Art Movement

Energy, Environment and Society
Division: Social Sciences

Core Courses:

  • ANT 281K: Solving URs Environmental Footprint
  • ANT 224: Anthropology of Development
  • PSC 243: Seminar on Environmental Politics
  • EES 219: Energy Resources
  • ANT 278: Birth and Death 2
  • AAS 391: Independent Study

Islamic Studies
Division: Humanities

Core Courses:

  • REL 240W: Muhammad and the Qur'an
  • REL 247: Islam and the Third World
  • REL 243W: Islamic Mysticism
  • ANT 264: Islam and Global Politics
  • ANT 262: Religion and Culture in the Indian Ocean
  • ARA 148: Arabian Nights

Middle Eastern Studies
Division: Humanities

Core Courses:

  • ARA 101: Elementary Arabic I
  • ARA 103: Intermediate Arabic
  • ANT 264: Islam and Global Politics
  • REL 247: Islam and the Third World
  • ARA/REL: 148 Arabian Nights
  • POLI 3001: Morocco, North Africa and France (study abroad course)

Movement, Culture and Community
Division: Humanities

Core Courses:

  • DAN 100: Dance on Camera
  • DAN 175: Fundamentals of Movement
  • DAN 180: Creative Middle Eastern Dance
  • DAN 181: West African Dance
  • DAN 202: Contact Improvisation
  • DAN 214: Community Earth and Body
  • DAN 265: Contemporary American Dance I
  • DAN 266: Contemporary American Dance II
  • DAN 340A: Topic in Dance: African Performance
  • DAN 340C: Cross Patterning and Body Work
  • DAN 342: Creative Improvisation Through World Percussion
  • DAN 385: Dance Production Workshop
  • ANT 214: Love, Friendship and Community