All faculty in the university are eligible to participate.
Professors: George W. Fair, Karen J. Prager,
Lawrence J. Redlinger
Associate Professor: Scherry F. Johnson, Erin A. Smith
Senior Lecturers: Susan P. Chizeck, Dachang Cong, Elizabeth M. Salter, Tonja Wissinger
The Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Studies, leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, is designed for students who wish to continue their intellectual development within an interdisciplinary framework and for those with specialized training who wish to broaden their education. The objective of the program is to provide students the opportunity to develop an approach to topics and problems from the perspectives of more than one discipline and to develop a better understanding of many of the social, cultural, and scientific forces which affect the individual and society.
The University’s general admission requirements are discussed here.
For admission to the program, the student must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a grade average of B or better. A verbal plus quantitative GRE score of 1000 (or equivalent examination) is advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.. All students not meeting the above criteria are considered on an individual basis. A student who has a deficit in either GRE score or grade point average may be conditionally admitted to the program.
The University’s general degree requirements are discussed here.
For the degree of Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, 36 hours of course work must be completed. These hours are distributed as follows:
Interdisciplinary Seminars (3 hours)
In the first year the student must complete an interdisciplinary seminar (MAIS 5300, 5301, 5307, or 5330). The seminars are designed to introduce students to graduate work and to give them experience in interdisciplinary approaches to subjects and problems.
Core Requirements (9 hours)
From the graduate courses offered in this catalog, the student selects, in consultation with the adviser, at least three hours each from at least two of the following areas: Behavioral Sciences, which includes courses in Communication Disorders, Human Development, and selected courses in Education; Humanities, which includes Aesthetic Studies, History of Ideas, and Studies in Literature; Natural Sciences and Mathematics, which includes courses in Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, and selected courses in Science Education; Social Sciences, which includes courses in Public Affairs; Management, which includes Management and International Management Studies; and Engineering and Computer Science.
Concentration (12 hours)
From the graduate courses offered in this catalog, the student selects, in consultation with the adviser, at least 12 additional hours of course work in one or two of the general areas listed above.
Electives (6 hours)
From the graduate courses offered in this catalog, the student selects, in consultation with the adviser, at least six semester hours of courses.
Capstone Seminar and Research Project (6 hours)
The seminar and project are the culmination of the student's program. The seminar includes readings in, and discussion of, interdisciplinary theory and preparation for the research project. Each student will develop a research topic which lends itself to an interdisciplinary approach. The topic should be sufficiently broad to draw upon knowledge and techniques gained throughout the program. To complete the project, students should synthesize and integrate information from various sources, utilizing different methodologies, and thus draw conclusions which present a new perspective on the topic as a result of this interdisciplinary approach.
Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Studies
At the beginning of the degree program each student participates in a specially designed interdisciplinary seminar on topics related to the development of human beings and their world. At the end of the program, each student participates in a capstone seminar and completes an interdisciplinary research project. The remainder of the program is individually designed by the student, in consultation with the adviser, to meet particular personal interests and professional needs.