DIVISION OF

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

Norwood (chair)

 

The Division of Interdisciplinary Studies offers the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, an Associate of Arts degree in General Education, and a minor in Military Science. It houses the Gateway Seminar in Christian Scholarship, certain Honors Scholars courses, and courses relating to learning assistance and career planning.

DEPARTMENT OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

(SYMBOLS: COR, IDS)

 

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), or Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree with major in Interdisciplinary Studies

In special circumstances, a student wishing to pursue a course of study not available within the stated offerings of John Brown University may present a petition to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies requesting approval of an individualized program leading to a baccalaureate or associate's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Such a program should be thoughtfully designed in consultation with a faculty advisor after the student has had significant college experience. Therefore, a student should not begin the proposal process prior to the second semester of the sophomore year. Neither baccalaureate nor associate's Interdisciplinary Studies degrees are available to students pursuing another degree.

Baccalaureate Interdisciplinary Studies Programs must conform to general university degree requirements, including the following:

>  Full Core Curriculum, possibly employing substitutions allowed within existing degrees.

>  For B.A. programs, major field consisting of at least 36 semester hours and 12 hours of foreign language.

>  For B.S. programs, major field consisting of at least 48 semester hours.

>  At least 18 hours of upper-division courses included in the major field, with no presumption of waiver of specified prerequisites.

>  Stated minimums for major, minor, and cumulative grade-point averages.

>  Minimum credit of 124 total semester hours.

Associate's Interdisciplinary Studies Programs must conform to general university two-year degree requirements, including the following:

>  Full 28-hour Core Curriculum as stated for associate's degrees, possibly employing existing exceptions.

>  Major field consisting of at least 27 semester hours.

>  Stated residency requirements.

>  Stated minimums for major, minor, and cumulative grade-point averages.

>  Minimum credit of 62 total semester hours.

A student considering an Interdisciplinary Studies degree should begin discussion with the general academic advisor toward the establishment of a Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) to supervise the degree project. The FAC consists of two or three faculty members representing the academic colleges or divisions where substantial proportions of the desired courses are offered. FAC members offer guidance as the student initiates and navigates the process: defining/refining personal goals, designing a coherent program that is professionally relevant and academically valid, and completing the requirements as approved for the degree.  One of the FAC members must also agree to be the student's academic advisor.

The student must submit to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies a detailed proposal that includes the following:

>  Rationale for the desired major, including the student's personal aims.

>  Documentation of any similar curricula offered by other accredited institutions.

>  If the program is to form a foundation for advanced study, a statement of potential acceptability from a graduate institution to which the student may eventually apply.

>  Specific course plan arranged in accordance with scheduled offerings stated in the catalog.

>  Current transcript showing a grade-point average of at least 2.8.

>  Signatures of members of the Faculty Advisory Committee.

Final approval of proposals for Interdisciplinary Studies is granted by the Undergraduate Council.

 

Requirements for the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree with major in General Education

1. University Core Curriculum - 28 hours

2. Courses Specified by the Division - 21 hours

BBL 3003 Evangelical Theology

BBL 4002 Capstone Seminar in Christian Life

EGL 4003 Masterpieces of Literature

KIN 10_1 Wellness Activity

POL 2013 American Government

Core Electives

Natural Science - 3 additional hours

The Arts - 3 hours

Philosophy - 3 hours

3. Electives as necessary to complete minimum total hours

Minimum total semester hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

The Associate of Arts degree in General Education is not available to students pursuing four-year degrees.

 

DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY SCIENCE

(SYMBOLS: ARO, MSC)

By cross-town agreement with the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, students at John Brown University may participate in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Programs of the United States Army and the United States Air Force. Refer to the Reserve Officer Training Corps section of this catalog for full descriptions of the opportunities available.

 

Requirements for minor in Military Science

Completion of a full ROTC program consisting of at least 18 semester hours, including six hours of upper-division courses.