The Multidisciplinary Studies major allows students to design a major across programs in liberal arts and sciences.
Majors complete an Individualized Program of Study or a designated concentration that includes a minimum of 42 credits including MST 401, and is drawn from a minimum of three disciplines. A maximum of 21 credit hours may be taken from any one discipline. The student must earn at least 21 credit hours in the major in semesters subsequent to full admission to the major. The student must earn a minimum of a 2.5 GPA in the major. The student must earn a minimum of 21 hours at the 300/400 level in the major.
All students, whether they are completing a Designated Concentration listed below or an Individualized Program of Study must complete the following as part of the 42 credit minimum:
Designated Concentration in Gender Studies (39 credits):
The Gender Studies Program at Indiana State University is an interdisciplinary field of study. The Program promotes a critical, feminist, and cross-cultural understanding of structural inequalities in a local and global context from historical and contemporary perspectives. Students explore the intersections of gender, sexuality, social class, nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, age, and ability. The Program seeks to understand and address how the contributions and experiences of women and other marginalized groups are devalued. Therefore, the Gender Studies Program is active in facilitating and supporting a variety of activities and events concerned with social justice. This will be a coordinated program of study within the Multidisciplinary Studies major. In addition to the requirements below, the additional Multidisciplinary Studies major requirements would also be met (student must earn a minimum of a 2.5 GPA in the major). Of the required major credits, half of the hours must be at the 300/400 level. In addition, students choosing the Gender Studies Concentration option will be required to have a minor.
Required Courses (18 credits):
Additional Requirements (9 credits):
Electives (12 credits):
Choose 12 credits from the list of courses below. Courses taken under the Arts/Humanties, Sciences/Social Sciences, and Research Methods/Statistics requirements cannot be applied to this requirement.
Designated Concentration in Social Justice and Sociology (51 credits):
Through the Designated Concentration in Social Justice and Sociology; students will have the chance to turn their passion for change, human rights, and a more just world into a career. This interdisciplinary program has been designed to prepare students for the demands of a world where our awareness of inequality and capacity to address social issues have become globally interconnected. Through a variety of courses, chosen from among disciplines in the College of Arts and Science and the College of Health and Human Services, students will receive the theoretical, analytical, and experiential knowledge that will prepare them for advocacy and human rights work with local community organizations, as well as national and international non-governmental organizations. The Social Justice Concentration option is designed to combine a strong theoretical understanding of ideas of social justice with experiential learning through practical application. Due to the unique nature of Social Justice and the diversity of the fields it connects, the program is structured to give students a solid foundation in Sociology along with the option of customizing their major in order to focus on the issues or areas that most appeal to them. Although the program offers a designated curriculum, selected advisors will work closely with each student, so that his/her interests shape an individual experience as a path to a meaningful future. The flexible nature of the program provides students with the ability to select and complete a variety of minors to complement their Multidisciplinary Studies BA/BS. This will be a coordinated program of study within the Multidisciplinary Studies major. In addition to the requirements below, the additional Multidisciplinary Studies major requirements would also be met (student must earn a minimum of a 2.5 GPA in the major). Half of the required major credits must be at the 300/400 level.
Core Courses (15 credits):
Directed Foundational Studies (6 credits):
Additional Requirements (30 credits):
Designated Concentration in Visual Arts Administration (54-57 credits):
The Visual Arts Administration Concentration integrates the strengths of a diverse faculty and develops competencies across several disciplines, including art, business, and nonprofit leadership, so that students are prepared through coursework, internships and other professional experiences to enter leadership roles in arts organizations such as museums, galleries, arts philanthropies, and community-building arts programs. This concentration also prepares students for graduate work in arts administration, museum studies and related disciplines. Students may pursue additional work to earn the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certification. This will be a coordinated program of study within the Multidisciplinary Studies major. In addition to the requirements below, the additional Multidisciplinary Studies major requirements would also be met (student must earn a minimum of a 2.5 GPA in the major). Of the required major credits, half of the hours must be at the 300/400 level.
Core Courses (36-39 credits):
Directed Foundational Studies Courses (12 credits):
Additional Requirements (6 credits):