Interdisciplinary Studies - Undegraduate Program

Overview

The Interdisciplinary Studies Program (INTS) provides students the opportunity to create a truly customized degree plan while maintaining high academic standards. The Interdisciplinary Studies Program is intended to meet the needs of creative, intellectually curious, and academically motivated students. 

Interdisciplinary Studies is organized in five distinct tracks, each designed to encourage broad intellectual inquiry and the synthesis of diverse areas of study. The first is intentionally open to student choice. The others correspond to the four major themes of the UT Arlington Strategic Plan: Bold Solutions, Global Impact: 

1) Health and the Human Condition 

2) Sustainable Urban Communities 

3) Data-Driven Discovery 

4) Global Environmental Impact 

Students in the program are expected to work closely with their adviser to develop an innovative program of study that draws on the rich academic resources of the University, including existing minors and certificates. As members of the Honors College, INTS students are also encouraged to pursue opportunities in experiential learning, including undergraduate research, internships, service learning, and study abroad.

Application Procedure

Students interested in an Interdisciplinary Studies major must meet the eligibility requirements set by the Honors College. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply to the Honors College as soon as possible, and they should meet early on with an academic adviser in the Interdisciplinary Studies program to begin developing a tentative degree plan. In order to be formally admitted to the program, a student must earn a B or better in INTS 2301 and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.35. All students admitted to INTS will automatically become members of the Honors College, and as such will enjoy all benefits and be expected to meet all requirements of the College.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION FOR BA AND BS DEGREES: 120 HOURS

Of these, at least 36 hours must be at the 3000/4000 level, 24 hours of which must be from UT Arlington.

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES, GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

COURSE LIST

Degree Requirements 

General Core Requirements 42 

Program Requirements 

Modern and Classical Languages 8 

INTS Course Requirements 

INTS 2301 INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES PERSPECTIVES 3 

INTS 4391 INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES SEMINAR 3 

INTS 4392 INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES SERVICE LEARNING 3 

Or INTS 4393 INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES SENIOR THESIS/PROJECT 

Or INTS 4394 INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES ABROAD 

Or INTS 4395 INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES INTERNSHIP 

TRACK ONE: Another Department's Minor, or UTA Certificate Program, or Pre-defined 

INTS Track, or Custom INTS Track 18 

TRACK TWO: Another Department's Minor, or UTA Certificate Program, or Pre-defined 

INTS Track, or Custom INTS Track 18 

ELECTIVES 25 

Total Hours 120

TRACKS

Each Interdisciplinary Studies degree plan has two areas of concentration that, along with the core INTS courses, make up the course of study for the INTS degree. Each area of concentration may be constituted of one of the following options: a Minor, a Certificate program, a pre-defined INTS Track, or a Custom Track. Each Track requires a minimum of 18 hours and must include 9 hours of 3000/4000 level course work.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES, GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE

COURSE LIST

Degree Requirements 

General Core Requirements 42 

INTS Course Requirements 

INTS 2301 INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES PERSPECTIVES 3 

INTS 4391 INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES SEMINAR 3 

INTS 4392 INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES SERVICE LEARNING 3 

Or INTS 4393 INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES SENIOR THESIS/PROJECT 

Or INTS 4394 INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES ABROAD 

Or INTS 4395 INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES INTERNSHIP 

TRACK ONE: Another Department's Minor, or UTA Certificate Program, or Pre-defined 

INTS Track, or Custom INTS Track 18 

TRACK TWO: Another Department's Minor, or UTA Certificate Program, or Pre-defined 

INTS Track, or Custom INTS Track 18 

Electives 33 

Total Hours 120

For the Bachelor of Science degree, at least 18 hours in the two Tracks must be "science-for-science majors" course work; at least 12 of these must be at the 3000/4000 level.

Courses

HONR 1100. ENRICHMENT SERIES. 1 Hour.

Provides an introduction and orientation to the Honors College. Designed to assist students in acquiring skills for academic survival, individual success, and pursuit of their Honors degree and career possibilities. Format varies; instruction by both faculty and Honors College student peer counselors.

HONR 1304. HONORS INDEPENDENT STUDY. 3 Hours.

Independent study courses are arranged on an individual basis with permission of an instructor. Performance may be assessed by oral or written examination, research or review paper as arranged.

HONR 2104. HONORS INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1 Hour.

Independent study topics are arranged on an individual basis. Performance may be assessed by oral or written examination, research or review paper as arranged.

HONR 2106. HONORS SEMINAR. 1 Hour.

The Honors Seminar will cover topics of general interdisciplinary interest to students from a wide variety of academic disciplines. Active learning will be stressed with all students expected to both moderate and participate in classroom discussions of seminar topics. Instructors and topics offered will vary. The course may be repeated for credit as topics change.

HONR 2111. HONORS COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING. 1 Hour.

Intensive course in the history and practice of community service learning (CSL). Readings will include general accounts of active learning, the institutional history of CSL in higher education, and a comparative study of CSL programs across the country. Students will design and implement a CSL project based on their major, and in conjunction with an area non-profit organization. Evaluation will be based on written work on both the readings and the CSL project.

HONR 2203. HONORS SPECIAL TOPICS. 2 Hours.

Topics, format, and prerequisites to be determined by faculty offering the courses. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

HONR 2204. HONORS INDEPENDENT STUDY. 2 Hours.

Independent study topics are arranged on an individual basis with permission of an instructor. Performance may be assessed by oral or written examination, research or review paper as arranged.

HONR 2300. SEMINAR. 3 Hours.

Team-taught interdisciplinary course that introduces knowledge and perspectives from the arts, sciences, and humanities. Designed around a theme of current or historical significance. Writing-intensive. Depending on topic, may meet the literature, fine arts/humanities or social/cultural studies requirement of the core curriculum (consult departmental advisor for details).

HONR 2304. HONORS INDEPENDENT STUDY. 3 Hours.

Independent study topics are arranged on an individual basis with permission of an instructor. Performance may be assessed by oral or written examination, research or review paper as arranged.

HONR 2403. SPECIAL TOPICS. 4 Hours.

Topics, format, and prerequisites to be determined by faculty offering the courses. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

HONR 2404. HONORS INDEPENDENT STUDY. 4 Hours.

Independent study topics are arranged on an individual basis with permission of an instructor. Performance may be assessed by oral or written examination, research or review paper as arranged.

HONR 2435. HONORS SPECIAL TOPICS. 4 Hours.

Topics, format and prerequisites to be determined by faculty offering the course. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

HONR 3103. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1 Hour.

Topics, format, and prerequisites to be determined by faculty offering the courses. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

HONR 3104. SPECIAL TOPICS. 1 Hour.

Topics, format, and prerequisites to be determined by faculty offering the courses. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

HONR 3203. HONORS INDEPENDENT STUDY. 2 Hours.

Independent study topics are arranged on an individual basis. Performance may be assessed by oral or written examination, research or review paper as arranged.

HONR 3204. SPECIAL TOPICS. 2 Hours.

Topics, format, and prerequisites to be determined by faculty offering the courses. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

HONR 3303. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 3 Hours.

Independent study topics are arranged on an individual basis. Performance may be assessed by oral or written examination, research or review paper as arranged.

HONR 3403. HONORS INDEPENDENT STUDY. 4 Hours.

Independent study topics are arranged on an individual basis with permission of an instructor. Performance may be assessed by oral or written examination, research or review paper as arranged.

HONR 3404. HONORS SPECIAL TOPICS. 4 Hours.

Topics, format, and prerequisites to be determined by faculty offering the courses. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

HONR 3435. HONORS SPECIAL TOPICS. 4 Hours.

Topics, format and prerequisites to be determined by faculty offering the course. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

HONR 3504. HONORS SPECIAL TOPICS. 5 Hours.

Topics, format, and prerequisites to be determined by faculty offering the courses. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

HONR 3535. HONORS SPECIAL TOPICS. 4 Hours.

Topics, format and prerequisites to be determined by faculty offering the course. may be repeated for credit as topics change.

HONR 4000. HONORS INDEPENDENT RESEARCH. 0 Hours.

Individualized research conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. This is a zero-credit course. May be repeated. Prerequisite: membership in the Honors College, permission of the supervising faculty member, and approval by the Dean of Honors.

HONR 4103. ADVANCED SPECIAL TOPICS. 1 Hour.

Advanced special topics in Honors. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

HONR 4104. HONORS INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1 Hour.

Independent study topics are arranged on an individual basis with permission of an instructor. Performance may be assessed by oral or written examination, research or review paper as arranged.

HONR 4106. HONORS ADVANCED SEMINAR. 1 Hour.

The Honors Advanced Seminar will cover topics of general interdisciplinary interest to students from a wide variety of academic disciplines. Active learning will be stressed with all students expected to research and prepare seminar presentations and moderate class discussions on assigned seminar topics. Instructors and topics offered will vary The course may be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status or permission of the instructor.

HONR 4144. HONORS SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES. 1 Hour.

Credit will be given for supervised service to a community agency. The service must be related to formal coursework and approved by a faculty mentor and a degree plan advisor. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the Honors College Dean. Graded Pass/Fail.

HONR 4203. ADVANCED SPECIAL TOPICS. 2 Hours.

Advanced special topics in Honors. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

HONR 4204. HONORS INDEPENDENT STUDY. 2 Hours.

Independent study topics are arranged on an individual basis with permission of an instructor. Performance may be assessed by oral or written examination, research or review paper as arranged.

HONR 4244. HONORS SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES. 2 Hours.

Credit will be given for supervised service to a community agency. The service must be related to formal coursework and approved by a faculty mentor and a degree plan advisor. Graded Pass/Fail.

HONR 4300. ADVANCED SEMINAR. 3 Hours.

Integrates substantive knowledge in the arts, sciences, and humanities around a theme of current or historical significance. May meet the Social/Cultural Studies requirement of the core curriculum.

HONR 4303. ADVANCED SPECIAL TOPICS. 3 Hours.

Advanced special topics in Honors. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

HONR 4304. HONORS INDEPENDENT STUDY. 3 Hours.

Independent study topics are arranged on an individual basis with permission of an instructor. Performance may be assessed by oral or written examination, research or review paper as arranged.

HONR 4310. HONORS STUDY ABROAD. 3 Hours.

Interdisciplinary course in an out-of-country location around a theme or topic appropriate to the location. Journal, term papers, and/or examinations may be required. Meets the Social/Cultural Studies requirement of the core curriculum.

HONR 4320. HONORS INTERNSHIP. 3 Hours.

Supervised employment in student's area(s) of interest. Journal and term paper required. Reserved for students whose major department does not offer an Internship course.

HONR 4344. HONORS SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES. 3 Hours.

Credit will be given for supervised service to a community agency. The service must be related to formal coursework and approved by a faculty mentor and a degree plan advisor. Graded Pass/Fail.

HONR 4394. HONORS SENIOR RESEARCH THESIS/CREATIVE PROJECT. 3 Hours.

A research thesis or creative project and oral presentation are required for the Honors degree. In consultation with the faculty thesis supervisor and the Honors Dean, a program of research and writing will be arranged. Planning for the Honors Thesis/Creative Project should begin early in the student's junior year. For more extensive projects additional credit may be earned. Full details for completing the Honors Research Thesis/Creative Project are provided on the Honors website, http://www.honors.uta.edu/thesis/. This course is reserved for departments and programs that do not list dedicated thesis courses in their inventories.

HONR 4403. HONORS SPECIAL TOPICS. 4 Hours.

Topics, format, and prerequisites to be determined by faculty offering the courses. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

HONR 4404. HONORS INDEPENDENT STUDY. 4 Hours.

Independent study topics are arranged on an individual basis with permission of an instructor. Performance may be assessed by oral or written examination, research or review paper as arranged.

HONR 4435. HONORS SPECIAL TOPICS. 4 Hours.

Topics, format and prerequisites to be determined by faculty offering the course. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

HONR 4503. HONORS SPECIAL TOPICS. 5 Hours.

Topics, format, and prerequisites to be determined by faculty offering the courses. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

HONR 4504. HONORS INDEPENDENT STUDY. 5 Hours.

Independent study topics are arranged on an individual basis with permission of an instructor. Performance may be assessed by oral or written examination, research or review paper as arranged.

HONR 4535. HONORS SPECIAL TOPICS. 5 Hours.

Topics, format and prerequisites to be determined by faculty offering the course. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

Faculty

Donna L. Akers
Director and Associate Professor

David Arditi
Assistant Professor

Michan Connor
Assistant Professor