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Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013

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Interdisciplinary Studies Major (B.S.)

PURPOSE
The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree program is designed for traditional students and adult learners with an interdisciplinary history attained through academic and/or work experience. Academic instruction is structured within a Christian worldview.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate university-level competencies in writing, public speaking, reading comprehension, appreciation of the arts, analytical reasoning, computer literacy, and educational research;
  2. Demonstrate acquisition of core competencies in of English language; and
  3. Assess moral dimensions and ethical implications in each chosen area of concentration.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. Complete the Application for Interdisciplinary Studies major.
  2. Submit the Cognate Selection form to the New Enrollment Specialist.
  3. Review of the Cognate Selection is made by a New Enrollment Specialist. Students who have not completed enough hours in a specific area to develop a cognate will be contacted by email encouraging them to pursue a specific program area.
  4. Approval is granted by the Degree Plan Coordinator in the Liberty University Online Office of Transfer Evaluations and Degree Planning and by the Registrar’s Office.
  5. Students who break enrollment must resubmit the Cognate Selection form.

Program of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies Major (B.S.) (Online)
Liberty University Online offers cognates in Accounting, Christian Counseling, Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Management Information Systems, Psychology, Religion, and Special Education. A cognate represents a broad discipline of study at Liberty University. There are no specific course requirements in a cognate.
The Interdisciplinary Studies degree program is individualized to provide flexibility and to give students options to select courses that will help them meet their academic goals. Students may take any course that fits within the discipline of study as indicated by approved prefixes on the following chart, as long as the prerequisite requirements have been met.
This program is not available for students pursuing teacher licensure. This program does not comprise a double major.
Liberty’s Interdisciplinary Studies program requires 45 credit hours for the major which can be distributed between two or three cognates. A minimum of 15 credit hours in each cognate is required.
Online Cognates Courses can be taken online
or transferred with
the following prefix:
Upper Level Credits
(Minimum)

Accounting

ACCT only

9 credits

Business

Any combination of
ACCT / BUSI / ECON

9 credits

Christian Counseling

CCOU only

9 credits

Criminal Justice

Any combination of
CJUS / GOVT

9 credits

Education

EDUC only

9 credits

Business Management
Information Systems

BMIS only

9 credits

Psychology

PSYC only

9 credits

Religion

Any combination of
BIBL / CHHI / CHMN / CHLD
EVAN / GLST / THEO / PHIL 
PLED / YOUT / WRSP

9 credits

Special Education

EDSP only with exception of
PSYC 345 and EDUC 307

9 credits

Transfer cognates are approved for disciplines indicated on the following chart.  These cognates are not offered online; however, transfer students may choose one or two of the following cognates as long as a minimum of 15 hours have been transferred per cognate.  Upper-level credits are not required in transfer cognates; however, students must meet the institutional requirement of 30 upper-level credits for the degree program.

At least 50% of the courses for this degree must be completed through Liberty University, with the exception of students approved for the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges.

Credit may be awarded based on the American Council on Education (ACE) Guide to Educational Experience in the Armed Services.

 
 
Transfer Cognates Disciplines Included Transfer Credits
Required
LU Prefix Identifiers

Aviation Science

Aerospace, Aeronautics,
Air Safety, Aircraft, Hydrodynamics,
Hydrostatics, Maintenance

15
minimum

AVIA

Communication Studies

Speech, Mass Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Media, Graphic Design,
Public Relations, Studio and Digital Arts

15
minimum

COMS / ARTS / VCAR

Computational Science

Computer Science, Engineering,
Information Technology,
Management Information Systems

15
minimum

BMIS / CMIS / CSCI 
ENGE / INFT

English and Literature

Composition, Rhetoric,
Creative Writing, Literature,
English as a Second Language

15
minimum

ENGL / ESOL
200+

Fine Arts

Music, Theatre,
Studio and Digital Arts,
Classical Studies, Humanities

15
minimum

MUSC / THEA / ARTS
VCAR / HUMN

Health Science

Any health science or health technology field
which includes a broad range of field
from the community colleges

15
minimum

ATTR / HLTH / KINE
EXER / NURS / PHED

Language Studies

Acquisition, Foreign, Modern,
Biblical, Classical, Linguistics,
Sign Language, Sign Interpreter

15
minimum

FREN / GREK / HBRW / LANG / MLAN / LING

Social Science

Anthropology, Government, Economics,
History, Global Studies, Intercultural Studies,
Psychology, Sociology,  Social Work, Geography

15
minimum

ANTH / GOVT / SOCI / PSYC / ECON / HIUS
HIEU / HIWD
HLTH 216, HLTH 252
SOWK / ICST /
GLST / GEOG

Mathematics

Algebra, Calculus,
Finite, Discrete, Geometry,
Trigonometry, Statistics

15
minimum

MATH

Military Science

Any military science
including military training

15
minimum

MISC

Natural Science

Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry,
Life Science, Earth Science,
Geology, Physical Science, Physics

15
minimum

BIOL / BCHM / CHEM 
PHSC / PHYS / NASC

TOTAL HOURS: 120 minimum; 30 hours of upper-level courses

 

Interdisciplinary Studies Major (A.A.)

PURPOSE
The Associate of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies is designed as an intermediate, close-range goal for the adult learner and may act as a bridge to a Bachelor of Science degree.  It enables the student to use both inter-college and interdepartmental combinations of courses that will provide a broad pattern of educational experience.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate university-level competencies in writing, speaking, reading, appreciation of the arts, analytical reasoning, computer literacy, and library research;
  2. Demonstrate acquisition of core competencies in at least two, but not more than three, content areas;
  3. Assess the moral dimensions and ethical implications in at least two disciplines; and
  4. Evidence the synthesis of academic knowledge and Christian values in order that there might be a maturing of spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical behavior.

Program of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies Major (A.A.) (Online)
General Education Requirements for an Associate of Arts degree are listed in the College of General Studies section of this Catalog.
General Education Requirements 39
General Electives 21
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED 60
• A minimum of 15 hours must be completed through Liberty University.
• Minimum 2.00 grade point average.


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