Skip to Main Content

Interdisciplinary Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

The Interdisciplinary Studies major enables a student to design a course of study with mutually enhancing courses from more than one discipline in which the University has a major or a minor.

The student, with an advisor from each of the disciplines, designs her program of meaningful coursework and submits it for approval to the chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies major.

The student has the challenge of showing that her course of study cannot be met through an existing major at the university. Working with the advisors from the disciplines she has chosen, she will select a minimum of ten courses from each of the disciplines, including five upper level (300-400) courses in residence, of which at least one is a research methods class, and one an internship.

In her junior year, the student, with the help of her advisors, will select a research topic related to her course of study and complete a literature review. In the final semester, the student will submit a capstone portfolio, which includes the graded research paper as well as a journal and reflective paper evaluating her internship or co-op.

I enjoy the Interdisciplinary Studies program because it provides me with the freedom to create my own path in something that is not offered. One of my passions is Sociology, specifically the idea that different parts of your identity overlap, resulting in different degrees of discrimination and marginalization or different degrees in privilege and dominance. By taking classes in Sociology, Education, Criminal Justice and several other fields, I am designing a major that helps me learn how to create spaces and places that are responsive to all people and their complex identity. The program has allowed me to create in independent study course, which I completed on the Puerto Rican identity throughout Puerto Rican History and culture. Here on campus, I am the founder and president of the Poetry Club, a writing tutor, a Student Learning Assistant, and the head of the Communications Committee for the multicultural organization ALANA (African American, Latina, Asian, Native American, Allies)." - Michelle, Interdisciplinary Studies Major

Course Requirements

Code Course Name Credits
ART100 Art History 3

Through a survey of selected works, this course demonstrates the beauty and power of the Western heritage of visual arts and architecture. By studying examples of great art, students learn about the underlying values they express in various time periods. This course is presented through illustrated lectures and other media that augment the textbook. Field trips will supplement classroom learning.

ART230 Art in America 3

ART 230 (3 credits) Art in America This course examines the major trends in painting, sculpture, domestic and commercial architecture, and the decorative arts in America from the Colonial Period through the 20th century. Study includes artistic trends in the Colonial North and South, the evolution of style during the 18th and 19th centuries, and trends as well as innovations during the 20th century. Social and cultural history, including folk art and the gilded age as reflected in the arts, will be stressed. Field trips will highlight the course.

ART240 Modern European Painting/Sculptur 3

European painting and sculpture from the Romanticism of the late 18th century to the emergence of new directions during the early 20th century will be defined and discussed; concurrent trends and the dramatic impact of specific artists will be examined. Museum visits and field observations will highlight the course.

ART250 Women in Art 3

This course focuses on prominent women artists and their stylistic contributions to the cultural history of their respective eras. Emphasis is also placed on women as subjects and as patrons of art. The course features illustrated lectures and field trips.

CMS305 Communicating in Liberal Studies 3

This course encourages students to develop professionally in fields related to the humanities with consideration of the unique viewpoints that study the human condidtion from the liberal studies vantage point. Focusing on the theme of 'professional conversations,' students are asked to think about what issues, debates, trends, etc., are happening in their fields of study and prospective careers. This course intends to equip students professionally and academically as they delve into their field of interest and think of their own contributions to their future profession. Pre-req: ENG124

ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG124 Research & Writing in the Disciplines 3

In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty. Prerequisite: ENG 114

ENG134 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally. Prerequisite: ENG 114

HUM101 Fine & Performing Arts 3

This course highlights significant aspects of music, theatre, dance, and art. Specific musical compositions, art works, and theatre pieces will be explored as expressions of historical events and changing values. Off-campus activities, such as a play, a concert, and museum exhibit, extend the classroom experience. Offered both semesters

HUM120 The Art of Film 3

This course is an examination of those artistic and technical innovations which have shaped the world-wide history of film as an art. Through the study of cinematic effects and technologies, students will learn to view films critically, seeing them as collaborative works of art that both reflect and influence society. Classes combine lecture, screenings and discussion.

LAR499 Liberal Studies Internship 6

Prerequisites: A minimum cgpa of 2.0, senior status, and approval of department chair

MAT120 Statistics 3

This is an introduction to the basic descriptive and inferential statistics for students from all disciplines. It emphasizes the development of statistical literacy and the use of computer for analyzing data. Topics include principles of experimental design; graphical and numerical methods for summarizing, describing, exploring and analyzing data; binomial and normal probability distributions; point and interval estimates for means and proportions; hypothesis testing; and correlation and regression. Offered both semesters

THR301 Theatre History 3

This course traces the origins and development of theatre from the myths and rituals of ancient culture, through classical Greece, Rome, the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Romanticism, Realism, and the 20th Century. Emphasis is placed on the historical changes in production-performance. Representative readings, film and, when possible, live presentations are used to enhance the survey perspective.

WEL100 Women as Empowered Learners & Leaders 3

Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders is an interdisciplinary course, designed to give all students entering Bay Path University a common experience and foundation for their education. This course is an introduction to the University, to academic study, and to various approaches to thinking about personal potential, to understand the process of becoming a learner, and a leader, and composing a life, to appreciate beauty, and work actively toward establishing community and justice in the context of being a woman at the beginning of the 21st century.

WEL310 Strategies for Career and Personal Growth 1

(This course is graded Pass/Fail.) In their junior year before the opening of the spring semester, baccalaureate degree students will be offered a special opportunity to learn up-to-date information about the current work world in an intensive two-and-a-half-day workshop format. Students will meet successful professionals who will discuss the challenges and opportunities of their respective fields and help students prepare for interviews as well as learn how to navigate the early stages of their new careers.

WEL400 WELL in Practice 3

By WEL400, you will be ready to blend all the skills you have learned during the WELL program—leadership, critical thinking, research, writing, analysis, and public presentation—with a community service project. Empathy, respect, and tolerance are the core human values that are stressed. It’s what every good leader needs to confidently show the way.