College of Arts and Sciences

Interdisciplinary Studies Curriculum

TRADITIONAL DEPTH STUDIES - Concentrations from Academic Departments

Traditional depth studies require a 36 semester-hour (SH) specialization that includes six (6) SH in courses labeled IDS and a minimum of 30 SH of courses in the WSSU catalog from the academic programs cited below. Students select their courses from the chosen academic department based on their needs and goals and course prerequisites.

The courses in the depth-study may not be transferred from two-year institutions, and at least one of the courses taken must be at the 4000 (senior) level. No course counted toward the degree may duplicate a course previously taken from any institution. Traditional Depth Studies, available on campus, include the following:           

ART A minimum of 30 SH from the Art courses in the WSSU Catalog of those 20 SH must be in 3000 and 4000 level courses, with at least three SH at the 4000 level
CHEMISTRY A minimum of 30 SH from the Chemistry courses in the WSSU Catalog of those 20 SH must be in 3000 and 4000 level courses, with at least three SH at the 4000 level
HISTORY A minimum of 30 SH from the History courses in the WSSU Catalog of those 20 SH must be in 3000 and 4000 level courses, with at least three SH at the 4000 level
Justice Studies A minimum of 30 SH from the Justice Studies courses in the WSSU Catalog of those 20 SH must be in 3000 and 4000 level courses, with at least three SH at the 4000 level
LIFE SCIENCES A minimum of 30 SH from the Life Sciences (BIO) courses in the WSSU Catalog of those 20 SH must be in 3000 and 4000 level courses, with at least three SH at the 4000 level
MASS COMMUNICATIONS A minimum of 30 SH from MCM courses in the WSSU Catalog of those 20 SH must be in 3000 and 4000 level courses, with at least three SH at the 4000 level
MATHEMATICS A minimum of 30 SH from the MAT courses in the WSSU Catalog of those 20 SH must be in 3000 and 4000 level courses, with at least three SH at the 4000 level
MUSIC A minimum of 30 SH from the MUS courses in the WSSU Catalog of those 20 SH must be in 3000 and 4000 level courses, with at least three SH at the 4000 level
PHYSICAL EDUCATION A minimum of 30 SH from the MUS courses in the WSSU Catalog of those 20 SH must be in 3000 and 4000 level courses, with at least three SH at the 4000 level
PSYCHOLOGY A minimum of 30 SH from the PSY courses in the WSSU Catalog of those 20 SH must be in 3000 and 4000 level courses, with at least three SH at the 4000 level (Prerequisite:  General Psychology- PSY 2301)
SOCIOLOGY A minimum of 30 SH from the SOC courses in the WSSU Catalog of those 20 SH must be in 3000 and 4000 level courses, with at least three SH at the 4000 level (Prerequisite:  SOC 2301 General Sociology)

 * Other depth Studies may be possible through arrangement with the concentration-related department or school. No majors conferring licensure or certification are eligible to serve as depth studies.

CONCENTRATION IN INTEGRATIVE STUDIES via DISTANCE LEARNING

Integrative Studies as an Area of Undergraduate Study

The Concentration in Integrative Studies at Winston-Salem State University shares the following characteristics with scores of similar programs in American colleges and universities: (1) developing among students skills in communications, abilities in critical and creative thinking/ problem solving, and knowledge of one's own and other cultures; (2) valuing cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to learning and scholarship through historical, regional, thematic, or problem-focused study; and (3) exploring societal issues. Integrative Studies is also an alternative for students who need or seek a broader educational experience-as proposed in The University of North Carolina White Paper on E-Learning (July 21, 2003, p. 4.) The occupational focus for graduates in Integrative Studies tends to be in areas of management, government, and public service; or professional or graduate education in business, counseling, law, librarianship; or for enhancement of one's current employment. The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies' Integrative Studies Concentration will be offered through Distance Learning methods for students who have met the prerequisites and wish to pursue integrated learning that will strengthen their abilities in written communication, critical and creative thinking, and self-directed learning, and their understanding of past and contemporary societies. All courses will emphasize at least two of these abilities with the interdisciplinary courses emphasizing all of them.

DEPTH STUDY- INTEGRATIVE STUDIES (DL- Online) 36 SH minimum

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

Semester offered Online
(subject to change)

ART 2306 African American Art 3 Fall/Spring/Summer

ENG 3321

Grammars of English 

3

Fall 

ENG 3347

Topics in Language and Literature

3

Fall

ENG 3381

Black Writers in American Literature

3

Fall

IDS 3310

Native American Studies

 3 

Spring 

IDS 3383

Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies

3

Fall/Spring

IDS/SPA 3323

Cultures of the Spanish Speaking World

3

Spring

IDS 4370

Research in Interdisciplinary Studies

3

Fall/Spring

IDS/HIS 4371

The American South in Popular Culture

3

Fall

MUS 3339

African American Music

3

Fall/Spring

MUS 3340

Non-Western Music

3

Spring

PHI 2301

Introduction to Philosophy

3

Fall/Spring 

SOC 3343

Cultural Diversity

3

Fall/Spring/Summer

SOC 4311

Sociology of the African American

3

Fall/Spring

*6 SH of  courses labeled IDS are specifically required
**
Course availability may vary. New courses will be announced as they are approved.


Other Acceptable WSSU Courses (Not On-line)

Course
Number
Course Name Credit
Hours

Semester offered Online
(subject to change)

ENG 3331 Literary Aspects of the Bible 3 varies
ENG/HIS 4326 American Studies 3 varies
HIS 3356 Modern Russian History 3 Spring
HIS 4372 Latin America Since 1824 3 varies
HIS 4332 History and Politics of Asia 3 varies

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