Advisement for the major is available from the Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A. American Studies Concentration Curriculum Guide (Suggested 4-Year Plan of Study)
The Fulton School of Liberal Arts offers a major in interdisciplinary studies leading to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science. The major accommodates students who wish to develop programs of study in two or more disciplines or create a major in an area of study not offered by any traditional major at SU. This program allows students to create an individual and flexible major that is best suited to their interests or career goals. Most importantly, this program gives students the opportunity to integrate information across disciplines to help gain a more complete understanding of the chosen area of study.
Students majoring in interdisciplinary studies may choose a program in American studies. This concentration, drawing on courses and programs from across the Fulton School of Liberal Arts, offers students the opportunity to explore the history and unique nature of the “American experience” and the expression thereof via the lens of multiple disciplines. A solid core - which includes two courses in U.S. history, one in American literature, another in American government and an interdisciplinary research course in which students bring the various perspectives they have studied together via mentored research projects - anchors the concentration. While additional courses, chosen from a wide range of offerings in arts/humanities, history, literature and social sciences, allow students to customize their exploration of all things American.
Complete 6 core courses with grades of C or better.
At least 3 courses must be at the 300/400 level.
Demonstrate 102-level proficiency in a foreign language.
This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.
University Undergraduate Major Policies
- Refer to the program page for this major and the Courses section of this catalog for approved prerequisites and General Education courses.
- Requirements may not equal 120 credit hours. Students must register for additional electives to complete 120 credits required for graduation.
- All graduates must have a minimum of 30 credits of 300/400-level courses with C grade or above; at least 15 of those credits must be taken at SU.
- Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for graduation.
- Students must complete at least 30 credit hours by direct classroom instruction and/or laboratory experience.
- Students must take 30 of the last 37 credit hours at SU.
- It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy graduation requirements. Please refer to the program page of this catalog for detailed major requirements.
- Students must apply online for graduation by November 15 for May and by May 15 for December.
General Education Requirements
Please Note: Check Major Requirements section below for a list of General Education requirements that are fulfilled by the major.
Group I: English Composition and Literature (2 Courses)
A. C or Better in One of the Following
B. Select One Course From:
Literature course (from either ENGL or MDFL Depts.) 4 Hour(s) Credit:
Group II: History (2 Courses)
A. Select One Course From:
B. Select One Course From:
Group III: Humanities and Social Sciences (3 Courses)
A. Select One Course from One of the Following 7 Areas:
B. Select One Course from One of the Following 10 Areas:
C. Select One Course from Either Group IIIA or IIIB (Course must be from a different area than previously selected)
- ART, COMM, DANC or THEA, MDFL, MUSC, PHIL, ANTH, CADR, ECON or FINA, EDFN, ENVR, Human GEOG, POSC, PSYC, SOCI 3-4 Hour(s) Credit
- HONR 112 - Issues in the Social Sciences 4 Hour(s) Credit
- HONR 211 - Issues in the Humanities 4 Hour(s) Credit
Group IV: Natural Science, Math and Computer Science (4 courses)
A. Select Courses with Laboratories from at Least Two of the Following Four Areas:
BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or Physical GEOG, PHYS 4 Hour(s) Credit:
B. Select One Course (Need Not be a Lab) from One of the Following Areas:
C. Select One Course From:
MATH 3-4 Hour(s) Credit:
Group V: Health Fitness (1 Course)
General Education Requirements Fulfilled by Major
IB (Literature), IIB (History), IIIB (Social Science)
Core Requirements (6 Courses)
Category Requirements (at Least 4 Courses)
Complete at least 4 courses with a grade of C or better from the 4 categories. A minimum of 1 course must be taken from at least 3 of the 4 categories.