ACADEMIC MAP
Multidisciplinary Studies B.A.

Semester 1

COURSE CR COMMENTS
MINOR 1 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences GEN ED PRE-REQUISITE
MINOR 2 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences GEN ED PRE-REQUISITE
MINOR 3 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences GEN ED PRE-REQUISITE
COLL 101 ORIENTATION TO COLLEGE 1 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
ENGL 101 COMPOSITION 1 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
TOTAL: 13

Semester 2

COURSE CR COMMENTS
ENGL 102 ~COMPOSITION 2 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSE 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSE 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSE 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSE 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
TOTAL: 15

Semester 3

COURSE CR COMMENTS
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSE 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences OR Minor Course
MINOR 1 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
MINOR 2 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
MINOR 3 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
TOTAL: 12

Semester 4

COURSE CR COMMENTS
MINOR 1 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
MINOR 3 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSE 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE 4 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences OR Minor Course
MINOR 2 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
TOTAL: 16

The Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies is a rigorous program with a foundation in the arts and sciences. It provides preparation for graduate and professional degrees beyond specialized and primarily professional/career focused
Bachelors degree programs. The degree is comprised of three related minors areas, which each student selects and
then demonstrates how these areas contribute to their educational and career goals. Minors currently available
include: Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication, Fine Arts (Art Music, or Theater), History, Literature,
Psychology, and Sociology.

MILESTONE COURSE:

These courses are the keys to graduation. Courses should be taken in the recommended semesters to stay on time for completion.

FIELD/CLINICAL COURSE:

CAREER PLANNING:

The BA in Multidisciplinary studies provides a pathway for students who plan to earn a masters degree or professional degree in the health science (medicine, physician assistant, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, etc.) human services (counseling, psychology, social work), theology/ divinity, law, or attend graduate school in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, or social sciences. For students undecided about a career path, this degree offers an opportunity to combine the three minors in unique ways.

CAPSTONE COURSE:

ELECTIVES: Course sequencing for the MDS requires careful advising each semester based on the requirements of the minors selected. Electives must be chosen carefully to ensure program completion.

CONCURRENT COURSES:


CERTIFICATION:

APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO MDS:

Students must complete at least 30 credits hours in MDS General education curriculum with at least one course in each general education strand with a 2.5 cumulative grade point average before applying for admission. Submit a formal application to MDS Program Office. The application includes a Letter of Intent that identifies the student’s three proposed minors and explains how the student will combine these disciplines to achieve their education or career goals.

PRACTICUM and SEMINAR

2+2 with WVU Parkersburg
CAREER LADDER:

Students should average 15 credit hours per semester, or 30 per year, to graduate on time

TOTAL DEGREE CREDITS:
108

2018-2019
 
ACADEMIC MAP
Multidisciplinary Studies B.A.

Semester 5

COURSE CR COMMENTS
ELECTIVE (MDS ADVISOR APPROVED) 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
MINOR 3 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
MINOR 1,2 OR 3 AS NEEDED 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
MINOR 1 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
MINOR 2 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
TOTAL: 15

Semester 6

COURSE CR COMMENTS
MINOR 1 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
MINOR 2 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
MINOR 3 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
MINOR 1,2 OR 3 AS NEEDED 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
TOTAL: 12

Semester 7

COURSE CR COMMENTS
MDS 491 PROJECT PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT 1 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
MINOR 1 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
MINOR 2 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
MINOR 3 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
MINOR 1,2 OR 3 AS NEEDED 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
TOTAL: 13

Semester 8

COURSE CR COMMENTS
MDS 492 SENIOR PROJECT 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
MINOR 1 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
MINOR 2 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
MINOR 3 3 Milestone Course Capstone Course Practicum & Seminar Career Laddar Pre-Requisites Electives Concurrent Courses Field Experiences
TOTAL: 12

The Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies is a rigorous program with a foundation in the arts and sciences. It provides preparation for graduate and professional degrees beyond specialized and primarily professional/career focused
Bachelors degree programs. The degree is comprised of three related minors areas, which each student selects and
then demonstrates how these areas contribute to their educational and career goals. Minors currently available
include: Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication, Fine Arts (Art Music, or Theater), History, Literature,
Psychology, and Sociology.

MILESTONE COURSE:

These courses are the keys to graduation. Courses should be taken in the recommended semesters to stay on time for completion.

FIELD/CLINICAL COURSE:

CAREER PLANNING:

The BA in Multidisciplinary studies provides a pathway for students who plan to earn a masters degree or professional degree in the health science (medicine, physician assistant, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, etc.) human services (counseling, psychology, social work), theology/ divinity, law, or attend graduate school in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, or social sciences. For students undecided about a career path, this degree offers an opportunity to combine the three minors in unique ways.

CAPSTONE COURSE:

ELECTIVES: Course sequencing for the MDS requires careful advising each semester based on the requirements of the minors selected. Electives must be chosen carefully to ensure program completion.

CONCURRENT COURSES:


CERTIFICATION:

APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO MDS:

Students must complete at least 30 credits hours in MDS General education curriculum with at least one course in each general education strand with a 2.5 cumulative grade point average before applying for admission. Submit a formal application to MDS Program Office. The application includes a Letter of Intent that identifies the student’s three proposed minors and explains how the student will combine these disciplines to achieve their education or career goals.

PRACTICUM and SEMINAR

2+2 with WVU Parkersburg
CAREER LADDER:

Students should average 15 credit hours per semester, or 30 per year, to graduate on time

TOTAL DEGREE CREDITS:
108

2018-2019

 
General Education Courses

2018-2019

BIOLOGY MINOR
BIOL 115 — PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY4 
BIOL 117 — INTRODUCTORY PHYSIOLOGY4 
CHOOSE TWO COURSES FROM THE FOLLOWING (8 HOURS)
BIOL 107 — ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 1 4 
BIOL 108 — ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 24 
BIOL 211 — ZOOLOGY: ANIMALS AS ORGANISMS4 
BIOL 212 — BOTANY: PLANTS AS ORGANISMS4 
BIOL 219 — THE LIVING CELL4 
 

 

BIOLOGY MINOR
A GRADE OF C OR HIGHER IS REQUIRED IN ALL MINOR COURSEWORK
BIOL 115 — PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY4
BIOL 117 — INTRODUCTORY PHYSIOLOGY4
CHOOSE TWO COURSES FROM THE FOLLOWING (8 HOURS)
BIOL 107 — ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 1 4
BIOL 108 — ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 24
BIOL 211 — ZOOLOGY: ANIMALS AS ORGANISMS4
BIOL 212 — BOTANY: PLANTS AS ORGANISMS4
BIOL 219 — THE LIVING CELL4
COURSES SELECTED FROM THE FOLLOWING (10 HOURS)
BIOL 200 AND 201 — MICROBIOLOGY W/LAB 4
BIOL 371 — PRINCIPLES OF GENETICS4
BIOL 436 — GENERAL ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY3
BIOL 461— PRINCIPLES OF EVOLUTION3

 

BUSINESS MINOR
A GRADE OF C OR HIGHER IS REQUIRED IN ALL MINOR COURSEWORK
COURSES TO BE COMPLETED FROM GENERAL EDUCATION
ECON 201 — MICROECONOMICS3
ECON 202 — MACROECONOMICS3
REQUIRED BUSINESS COURSES (18 HOURS)
ACCT 201 — PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING 13
MGMT 220 — PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT3
MKTG 230 — PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING3
GBUS 310 — BUSINESS LAW 13
UPPER LEVEL BUSINESS OR ECONOMICS
COURSE (Approved by MDS Advisor)
3
UPPER LEVEL BUSINESS OR ECONOMICS
COURSE (Approved by MDS Advisor)
3

 

CHEMISTRY MINOR
A GRADE OF C OR HIGHER IS REQUIRED IN ALL MINOR COURSEWORK
COURSES TO BE COMPLETED FROM GENERAL EDUCATION
CHEM 115 — FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEM. 14
CHEM 116 — FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEM. 24
REQUIRED CHEMISTRY COURSES (18 HOURS)
CHEM 233/235 — ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 1 W/LAB4
CHEM 234/236 — ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2 W/LAB4
PHYS 101 — INTRO TO PHYSICS 14
UPPER LEVEL CHEMISTRY4
*NOTE: CHEMISTRY 111 DOES NOT MEET ANY REQUIREMENTS FOR MDS CHEMISTRY MINOR

 

 

COMMUNICATION MINOR
A GRADE OF C OR HIGHER IS REQUIRED IN ALL MINOR COURSEWORK
COURSES TO BE COMPLETED FROM GENERAL EDUCATION
COMM 111 — FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH3
COMM 112 — SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION3
REQUIRED COMMUNICATION STUDIES COURSES (18 HOURS)
COMM 303 — BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL
COMMUNICATION
3
COMM 304 — HUMAN COMMUNICATION IN
RATIONAL DECISIONS
3
COMM 306 — HUMAN COMM. IN
ORGANIZATIONS/INSTITUTIONS
3
COMM 308 — NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION3
COMM 316 — INTER CULTURAL COMMUNICATION3
COMM 404 — PERSUASION THEORY AND
RESEARCH
3



FINE ARTS MINOR
(SELECT ONE TRACK)
A GRADE OF C OR HIGHER IS REQUIRED IN ALL MINOR COURSEWORK

ART

Courses to be completed
from General Education
Requirements

MUSIC

Courses to be completed
from General Education
Requirements

THEATRE

Courses to be completed
from General Education
Requirements

ART 101: 3 Credit HoursART 101: 3 Credit HoursART 101: 3 Credit Hours
MUSI 170: 3 Credit HoursMUSI 170: 3 Credit HoursMUSI 170: 3 Credit Hours
THEA 101: 3 Credit HoursTHEA 101: 3 Credit HoursTHEA 101: 3 Credit Hours
Completion of the following
(18 hours)
Completion of the following
(18 hours)
Completion of the following
(18 hours)
   
ART 111: MUSI 121: 4 Credit HoursTHEA 102: 3 Credit Hours
ART 240: 3 Credit HoursMUSI 122: 4 Credit HoursTHEA 131: 3 Credit Hours
Choose one for 3 Credit Hours
ART 112, 213 OR 241
MUSI 171 - 190
Applied Music: 3 Credit Hours
THEA (lower level): 3 Credit Hours
ART (upper level studio): 
3 Credit Hours
MUSI 390 (upper level applied music):
3 Credit Hours
THEA 302 or THEA 404: 3 Credit Hours
ART 360: 3 Credit HoursMUSI 311THEATRE HISTORY: 3 Credit Hours
MDS 460: 3 Credit HoursMDS 460: 3 Credit HoursMDS 460: 3 Credit Hours
   

NOTE: ALL FINE ARTS MINORS : MDS 460: FINE ARTS SEMINAR (REQUIRED) 3 HOURS

 

HISTORY MINOR
A GRADE OF C OR HIGHER IS REQUIRED IN ALL MINOR COURSEWORK
COURSES TO BE COMPLETED FROM GENERAL EDUCATION
SELECT HIST 101 - 102 OR HIST 152 - 153 (6 HOURS)
HIST 101 — WESTERN CIVILIZATION
THROUGH REFORMATION
3
HIST 102 — WESTERN CIVILIZATION FROM
REFORMATION
3
HIST 152 — US HISTORY THROUGH CIVIL WAR3
HIST 153 — US HISTORY FROM
RECONSTRUCTION
3
SELECT 18 HOURS FROM THESE COURSES
HIST 250 — WEST VIRGINIA AND THE
APPALACHIAN REGION
3
HIST 302 — HISTORY OF AMERICAN INDIANS3
HIST 306 — COLONIAL AMERICAN 1607 - 17633
HIST 310 — AFRICAN - AMERICAN HISTORY3
HIST 340 — AMERICAN CENTURY 1919 - 19893
HIST 355 — GREECE AND ROME3
HIST 360 — HISTORY OF CRIME AND
PUNISHMENT
3
HIST 390 — LEGENDS, LORE, AND MYTHOLOGY3
HIST 410 — REVOLUTIONARY AMERICA:
1763 -1787
3
HIST 430 — CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION3
HIST 445 — HISTORY OF AMERICAN WOMEN3
HIST 463 — EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE AGES3
HIST 465 — RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION3
HIST 475 — MODERN EUROPE 1900 - PRESENT3



 

LITERATURE MINOR
A GRADE OF C OR HIGHER IS REQUIRED IN ALL MINOR COURSEWORK
COURSES TO BE COMPLETED FROM GENERAL EDUCATION
SELECT HIST 101 - 102 OR HIST 152 - 153 (6 HOURS)
ENGL 131 — TYPES OF LITERATURE 13
ENGL 132 — TYPES OF LITERATURE 23
ENGL 221 — WORLD LITERATURE 13
ENGL 222 — WORLD LITERATURE 23
ENGL 241 — AMERICAN LITERATURE 13
ENGL 242 — AMERICAN LITERATURE 23
ENGL 261 — ENGLISH LITERATURE 13
ENGL 262 — ENGLISH LITERATURE 23
SELECT 3 HOURS FROM THESE COURSES
ENGL 213 — CREATIVE WRITING: POETRY3
ENGL 214 — CREATIVE WRITING: NONFICTION3
ENGL 215 — CREATIVE WRITING: FICTION3
SELECT 18 HOURS FROM THESE COURSES
ENGL 285 — GENDER IN LITERATURE3
ENGL 320 — MEDIEVAL LITERATURE3
ENGL 325 — SHAKESPEARE3
ENGL 330 — MILTON3
ENGL 335 — THE ROMANTIC MOVEMENT3
ENGL 340 — THE VICTORIAN ERA3
ENGL 345 — MODERN & POST MODERN
LITERATURE
3
ENGL 410 — REGIONAL LITERATURE3
ENGL 420 — SINGLE AUTHOR3
ENGL 425 — TOPICS CONTEMPORARY
GLOBAL LIT
3
ENGL 430 — COMPARATIVE LITERATURE3
ENGL 450 — LITERARY CRITICISM3

 

PSYCHOLOGY MINOR
A GRADE OF C OR HIGHER IS REQUIRED IN ALL MINOR COURSEWORK
COURSES TO BE COMPLETED FROM GENERAL EDUCATION
PSYC 101 — INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 241 — INTRO TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT3
REQUIRED PSYCHOLOGY COURSES (18 HOURS)
PSYC 281 — ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY 33
PSYC 318 — HISTORY & SYSTEMS3
PSYC 323 — INDUSTRIAL/ ORGANIZATIONAL
PSYCHOLOGY
3
PSYC 350 — INTRO TO COUNSELING
PSYCHOLOGY
3
PSYC 362 — PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT3
PSYC 363 — THEORIES OF PERSONALITY3

 

SOCIOLOGY MINOR
A GRADE OF C OR HIGHER IS REQUIRED IN ALL MINOR COURSEWORK
COURSES TO BE COMPLETED FROM GENERAL EDUCATION
SOC 101 — INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY3
SOC 221 — MARRIAGE AND FAMILY3
REQUIRED SOCIOLOGY COURSES (18 HOURS)
SOC 107 — SOCIAL PROBLEMS3
SOC 302 — DEVIANT BEHAVIOR3
SOC 360 — GENDER HUMAN IDENTITY3
SOC 362 — SOCIOLOGY OF AGING3
SOC 390 — WORLD CULTURES THROUGH FILM3
SOC 405 — SOCIAL INEQUALITY3

 


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BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES


The Bachelor of Arts degree in multidisciplinary studies provides a rigorous academic program with a strong foundation in the arts and sciences. The program provides preparation for graduate or professional degrees beyond the college’s other, specialized and primarily professional/career focused, bachelor’s degree programs.

This degree program is comprised of three related minor areas of study and culminates with a senior project that combines these three disciplines. The program does not limit students or courses of study to a particular major or division, but emphasizes multidisciplinary/cross-disciplinary studies. The program’s flexibility, appropriate breadth and depth in the chosen areas of study, and focus on developing an understanding of the nature of cross-disciplinary investigation constitute its most salient features.

Each student selects three minor areas for study and then must demonstrate how these areas contribute to their educational or career goals. Multidisciplinary studies students complete a senior project during their final semester as a means to incorporate all three disciplines.


Minors currently available include:

  • • Biology
    • Business
    • Chemistry
    • Communication
    • Fine Arts (Art, Music, or Theatre)
    • History
    • Literature
    • Psychology
    • Sociology


The Bachelor of Arts degree in multidisciplinary studies provides:

  • a pathway for students who plan to earn a masters or professional degree in areas of health science (medicine, physician assistant, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, etc.), human services (counseling, psychology, social work), theology/divinity, law, or attend graduate school in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, or social sciences.

  • an opportunity for students to study three disciplines and to investigate the interrelationships among them.

  • a rigorous Bachelor of Arts degree for students who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree but do not have a clear career path.


REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION

  1. Students must apply for formal admission to the Multidisciplinary Studies degree program.

  2. New students should begin their college studies in the Associate in Arts degree program.

  3. Students must have completed at least 30 credit hours in the MDS General Education curriculum with at least one course in each general education strand with a 2.5 cumulative grade point average before they apply.

  4. A formal application for admission must be submitted to the Multidisciplinary Studies program office. The application includes a Letter of Intent that identifies the student’s three proposed minors and explains how the student will combine these disciplines to achieve their educational or career goals.


DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:

  • General Education and College 101 48 hours
  • Multidisciplinary Studies Minor 1 18 hours
  • Multidisciplinary Studies Minor 2 18 hours
  • Multidisciplinary Studies Minor 3 18 hours
  • MDS 491: Project Proposal Development 1 hour
  • MDS 492: Senior Project 3 hours
  • Electives 15 hours
    TOTAL 121 hours


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