Interdisciplinary Major

Interdisciplinary Major


Interdisciplinary Major

A major with options

Director of Interdisciplinary Major
    Scott Lowe | slowe@bloomu.edu
    219A Bakeless Center | 570-389-4784

Why an Interdisciplinary Major?

The Interdisciplinary Major may benefit two different groups of students.

The Advanced Studies track will offer students with superior ability, exceptional self-discipline, and unconventional academic interests the opportunity to design their own program of study.

The University Studies track will benefit students whose undergraduate studies have been delayed or interrupted due to exceptional circumstances, experienced learners (e.g., transfer students who enter Bloomsburg University with 60 credits completed), and non-traditional students who are returning to college for personal growth or career advancement.

Is there an Interdisciplinary Minor?

No.

Questions about the Interdisciplinary Major?

Questions about the Interdisciplinary Major should be directed to the chairperson of the Director of the Interdisciplinary Major.

Can this major combine academic departments?

Yes. For example, if a student wishes to pursue a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience, that student’s program of study may include courses from the following departments: Psychology (College of Liberal Arts), and Biology (College of Science and Technology).

Bloomsburg University's interdisciplinary major offers two tracks of study; advanced studies and university studies — require students to complete 30 credit hours of upper division (300 or 400 level) courses (a minimum of nine credits from upper‐division courses in each of two or more academic
departments is required) plus a 3 credit integrative senior capstone experience in the form of an independent study project or internship.

Advanced Studies

Advanced Studies

The Advanced Studies track will offer students with unconventional academic interests, superior ability, and exceptional self-discipline the opportunity to design their own program of study. These students’ intellectual interests may have led them out of the center of an established major into an area which interacts with one or more other disciplines. This track will target students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher; however, applications from students with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 will be considered. This track requires students to complete 3 credits of an integrative senior capstone experience in the form of an independent study project, including all of the pre-requisites for that capstone course and a written or electronic portfolio that showcases their work.

Students typically will apply for acceptance into this track after completing a minimum of 30 credits but fewer than 60 credits. Students who pursue this track also may complete a major in a department that has not been integrated into their interdisciplinary major. Courses from a program in which a student is receiving a second major can be used as art of the INTSTUDY major as long as those course credits are not being used to fulfill requirements for the second major.

University Studies

University Studies

The University Studies track will benefit students whose undergraduate studies have been delayed or interrupted due to circumstances such as — but not limited to — military service, health-related issues, or family matters. This track also may appeal to experienced learners (e.g., transfer students who enter Bloomsburg University with 60 credits completed) and non-traditional students who are returning to college for personal or career advancement.

Students typically will apply for acceptance into this track after exploring the University’s undergraduate programs of study in established disciplines (i.e., after completing a minimum of 75 credits but fewer than 90 credits). This track requires students to complete a 3-credit integrative capstone service project culminating in a written or electronic portfolio. Students who pursue this track may not pursue a second undergraduate major at Bloomsburg University.

Requirements for Graduation

Students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Major must meet all of the University’s requirements for graduation (e.g., General Education requirements, a minimum of 120 credits earned, and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0). For the purpose of program assessment, students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Major (Advanced Studies track or University Studies track) will document their academic and professional development through a portfolio (electronic or otherwise) and they will take the ETS Proficiency Test (or its equivalent) upon the completion of their program of study.

The Interdisciplinary Major cannot be used to satisfy current licensure requirements or to gain admittance into competitive undergraduate degree programs (e.g., Education or Nursing). Students whose academic interests can be addressed through regular departmental majors will be referred to those programs.