School of Interdisciplinary Studies
The School of Interdisciplinary Studies provides an interdisciplinary environment that allows students to understand and integrate the liberal arts and sciences. The school administers interdisciplinary degree programs that afford students the opportunity to design their degree plans on an individualized basis. To assist the student in pursuing a course of study leading to successful completion of an undergraduate degree, the school provides a unique support structure. Included in this structure is the school's Internship Program that arranges professional work experience in diverse career settings. The educational environment of Interdisciplinary Studies is especially congenial to students eager to pursue unconventional or innovative combinations of course work.
All faculty in the university are eligible to participate.
Professors: George W. Fair, Karen J. Prager, Lawrence J. Redlinger
Associate Professor: Erin A. Smith
Senior Lecturers: Candice T. Chandler, Susan P. Chizeck, Dachang Cong, Patricia A. Leek, Angela McNulty, Elizabeth M. Salter, Nancy C. Van, Tonya Wissinger
Associate Dean for Teacher Development: Scherry F. Johnson
The School of Interdisciplinary Studies administers the programs for the Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, the Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies, the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. The program in American Studies is designed for students who wish to learn more about United States' institutions, arts, and society, both in the past and present. The Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies is designed to examine the ways that gender, as a set of ideas, fundamentally shapes our institutions, history and culture. The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies Programs emphasize a broad learning experience and a wider perspective than that provided by traditional undergraduate majors. All programs are designed for students who wish to choose among conventional disciplines, both to explore a variety of topics and to integrate courses focusing on a particular area of interest. They are also appropriate for those students who seek a thorough grounding in the traditional arts and sciences from an interdisciplinary perspective. For students in other schools who wish to broaden their education by including a School of Interdisciplinary Studies program, the double degree is recommended. This option calls for a minimum of 30 semester credit hours at the upper division beyond those necessary for the major with the larger credit hour requirement. In addition, the student must satisfy all requirements for both majors. The School of Interdisciplinary Studies encourages double majors in both American Studies and Gender Studies, but a double major is not an option in Interdisciplinary Studies. Students seeking to double major in American Studies or Gender Studies must consult with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies.
All undergraduates in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies are encouraged to take an internship with an organization in the community. Internships provide students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills that they have mastered in their academic work. Students applying for internships must be in their junior or senior year and in good academic standing, have completed the appropriate course work, and receive approval of the Internship Director. Students normally enroll for 3 to 6 semester hours. Students interested in the program should see the Internship Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies or call 972/883-2354.
Honors in the Major
The School of Interdisciplinary Studies offers Honors Programs, which vary, by major, and provide an intellectually challenging opportunity for the brightest and best students in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies.
Junior and Senior students with a cumulative UTD GPA of 3.75 are eligible to apply for the honors programs which consist of a 30 hour defined curriculum, including an honors upper level writing course, and an internship component. Due to our high GPA entrance requirements, an honors thesis is not required for honors in the major. For Honors with distinction, however, an honors thesis is required. This thesis must be submitted at least one week before the end of classes, and must be nominated by the supervising professor as being of exceptional quality. The faculty of the school (or a subgroup thereof) will then determine if the thesis warrants this level of distinction. Students must apply for Departmental Honors through their academic advisor at the time they apply for graduation. For applications and more details, please consult your Interdisciplinary Studies academic advisor.
The School of Interdisciplinary Studies offers minors in American Studies and in Gender Studies. Students in the B.A. in American Studies and the B.A. in Gender Studies programs are encouraged to pursue a minor as part of their degree plan. Students in the IS degree programs cannot have a minor. Nor is there a minor offered in Interdisciplinary Studies. The requirements for each minor are listed below the degree requirements.