BA in Multidiciplinary Studies (MDS)

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The MDS program provides students with the opportunity to combine courses based on his or her specific educational and career interests.

 

Dr. Rebecca Stankowski, Executive Director of MDS Program

Dr. Rebecca Stankowski, Executive Director of MDS

 Any student interested in pursuing the BA in Multidisciplinary Studies degree program may get further information by contacting:

Dr. Rebecca Stankowski

Executive Director of Multidiciplinary Studies and Learning Outcomes Assessment, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Phone: 219-989-2208; email: rhs@purduecal.edu

 

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) provides a flexible and individualized program of study for students at Purdue University Calumet. The MDS program provides students with the opportunity to combine courses based on his or her specific educational and career interests, and is designed to allow students to acquire a broad, well-rounded education that expands the traditional scope of disciplinary, departmental, and college boundaries. MDS encourages creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and integrative learning by enabling students to examine problems, issues, or topics from more than one academic perspective.  The degree serves as an excellent platform for pursuing careers in a wide variety of fields, such as communications and media, health care, business, government, and foreign service, as well as preparation for advanced and professional education in law, medicine, education, business, behavioral and social sciences, library and information sciences, and humanities. 

Students in MDS will select two related Areas of Study (18 credits each), and will also complete a Senior Undergraduate Research (SUGR) course in one of the two Areas.  The SUGR is an Experiential Learning course which is designed to integrate study from both concentrations of study.  The SUGR also provides students with the option to combine Service Learning or another type of Experiential Learning with coursework while creating a professional portfolio. 

Curriculum

The BA in Multidisciplinary Studies requires completion of 120 credits, including the LASS Core (College and General Education requirements), the two related Areas of Study and accompanying Senior Undergraduate Research course (SUGR), and customizable electives.  

  • Freshman Experience (1-3 credits)
  • Writing (3-10 credits): ENGL 10000 (4 credits) and/or ENGL 10400 and ENGL 10500 – OR – ENGL 10800
  • Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3 credits): COM 11400
  • Foreign Language (12 credit hour sequence): 10100, 10200, 20100, 20200
  • Mathematics/ Statistics, Science and Computer Utilization (12 credits, at least 3 credit hours in lab science and 3 credit hours in math): Mathematics or Statistics, Lab Science, Mathematics/ Statistics/ Science/ Computer Science/ Logic
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (24 credits): Literature; Political Science; Philosophy; Psychology; History; Sociology; Anthropology; Aesthetics (A&D, MUS, THTR, PHIL); Economics

Areas of Study (18 credits each) 

American History

  • HIST 15100 US History to 1877
  • HIST 15200 US History since 1877
  • HIST 29500 Research and Writing in History
  • Three Upper-level (30000-, 40000-, OR 50000-level), Advisor/ Department Head approved courses in American History

Busineess

  • BUSM 10100 Introdcuction to Business
  • ENTR 10000 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • ACC 12000 Principles of Accounting I
  • OBHR 33000 Introduction to Organization Behavior
  • MKG 22400 Principles of Marketing
  • BUSM 34500 Legal Foundation of Business

Communication — International/ Intercultural Studies

  • COM 23600 Media and Culture
  • COM 25000 Media and Society
  • COM 32700 International Communication
  • COM 35000 Intercultural Communication
  • COM 30101 Political Economy of Global Media OR COM 30102 Media Globalization and Development
  • Elective, one of the following:
    • COM 30101, 30102 (if not taken in required section)
    • COM 42600 Ethnicity and Communication OR
    • COM 39000/ 49000 Special Topics or Approved Elective (e.g., Ethnicity in Film)

Communication — Media Studies

  • COM 23600 Media and Culture
  • COM 25000 Media and Society
  • COM 30000 Communication Research Methods Media
  • COM 30101 Political Economy of Global Media OR COM 30102 Media Globalization and Development
  • COM 46300 Mass Media Criticism
  • Elective, one of the following:
    • COM 30101, 30102, if not taken in required section
    • COM 39000/ 49000 Special Topics in Media or Approved Elective (e.g., Broadcast News, non-production section)

English Literature

  • ENGL 20100 or ENGL 23100
  • English Lit Survey (ENGL 24000 or 24100 or 2600 or 26100 or 3500 or 35100)
  • Women/ Gender/ Sexuality (Department/ Advisor approved 300-400 course)
  • Genre/ Cultural/ History (one at 300-400 level)
  • Junior or Senior Seminar or Shakespeare (ENGL 4100 or 41200 or 41300 or 41400 or 44200)
  • ENGL elective at 300-400 level (recommended: ENGL 30800 or 32600 or 32700)

English Writing Option 1 — Writing for Interactive Media

  • ENGL 40400: Web Design
  • ENGL 41010: Virtual Worlds
  • ENGL 43100: Web Usability
  • ENGL 43500: Topics in Writing for Digital Media
  • ENGL 43600: Writing for Informational Interactive Narrative
  • ENGL 43700: Writing for Video Games

English Writing Option 2 — Writing for Publication

  • ENGL 30200 Publication Design
  • ENGL 31900 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 40600 Review Writing
  • ENGL 41101 Writing for the Health Sciences
  • ENGL 42501 Writing for New Media
  • ENGL 45100 Feature Writing

French

  • FR 26100 French Composition
  • FR 36500 French Conversation
  • FR 46100 Intermediate French Composition
  • FR 46500 Intermediate French Conversation
  • FR elective (30000+ level)
  • FR elective (30000+ level)

Human Development and Family Studies — Early Childhood Specialization

  • HDFS 21600 Introduction to Early Childhood Development
  • HDFS 21700 Applied Developmental Child Care
  • HDFS 31001 Math, Science & Social Studies in Early Childhood Development
  • HDFS 43101 Assessment in Early Childhood Development Classrooms
  • PSY 36100 Human Development I: Infancy to Childhood
  • SOC 35000 Social Psychology of Marriage

Human Development and Family Studies — Family Services Specialization

  • BHS 20500 Introduction to Family Dynamics
  • HDFS 21000 Introduction to Human Development
  • Choice:
    • PSY 36100 Human Development I: Infancy and Early Childhood
    • PSY 36200 Human Development II: Adolescence
  • PSY 43300 Theories in Human Development
  • SOC 26100 Basic Helping Skills/ Human Services
  • SOC 35000 Social Psychology of Marriage

Hospitality and Tourism Management — Nutrition, Fitness, and Health

  • F&N 10500-1cr. Nutrition in the 21st Century
  • F&N 12000-1cr. Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle
  • F&N 12100-1cr. Vegetarian Nutrition
  • F&N Restricted Elective Choice
    • F&N 20800-3cr. Nutrition in Women’s Health — or –
    • F&N 26000-3cr. Nutrition for Early Early Childhood — or –
    • F&N 36000-3cr. Nutrition for Aging
  • F&N 26100-3cr. Nutrition for Health, Fitness and Sports
  • F&N 30300-3cr. Essentials of Nutrition
  • F&N 32200-2cr. Community Nutrition and Health Promotion
  • FM Restricted Electives Choice: Any FM 10000 through FM 11600 -1cr. Individualized Wellness Course
  • FM 21900-3cr. Issues and Problem in Health

Hospitality and Tourism Management — Hospitality and Tourism

  • HTM 14100 Financial Accounting for the Service Industry
  • HTM 18100 Lodging Management
  • HTM 21200 Organization and Management in the Hospitaity and Tourism Industry
  • HTM 23100 Hospitality and Tourism Marketing
  • HTM 35200 International Cuisine and Culture
  • HTM 37100 Introduction to Tourism

Law, Politics, and Philosophy

  • 10000-level Philosophy course
  • POL 20200 Introduction to Political Theory
  • POL 34600 Law and Society (prerequisite: POL 10100)
  • Three Upper-level (30000-, 40000-, OR 50000-level), Advisor/ Department Head approved courses from the following:
    • POL 31100 Congress and the President
    • POL 35400 Civil Liberties and the Constitution
    • POL 40100 Practicum in Local Government (internship with government agency)
    • POL 43300 International Organization
    • POL 43500 International Law
    • POL 46000 Judicial Politics
    • POL 46100 Constitutional Law
    • POL 49100 Senior Seminar
    • PHIL 30100 Ancient Philosophy
    • PHIL 30300 History of Modern Philosophy
    • PHIL 49000 Philosophy of Law
    • HIST 32500 History of Crime in America
    • HIST 33600 History of Organized Crime
    • HIST 38200 American Constitutional History
    • BUSM 35400 Legal Foundation of Business

Organizational Leadership 

  • OLS 16300 Fundamentals of Self-Leadership (3 credits)
  • OLS 25200 Human Relations in Organizations (3 credits)
  • OLS 37400 Supervision Management (3 credits)  
  • OLS 37600 Human Resources Issues (3 credits)
  • OLS 38400 Leadership Process (3 credit), or any OLS 40000-level course (excluding safety courses)
  • OLS 35000 Applied Creativity for Business and Industry

Philosophy 

  • PHIL 110 (intro requirement)
  • PHIL 111 or PHIL 324 (ethic requirement)
  • PHIL 2xx or any elective at the 200-level or above (lower division elective)
  • PHIL 301 or PHIL 303 (history requirement)
  • PHIL 490 (upper division requirement)
  • One additional course at the 300-level or above, excluding PHIL 324 (upper division elective)

Political Science

  • POL 13000 Introduction to International Relations
  • POL 31200 American Political Thought
  • POL 34600 Law and Society
  • POL 40100 Practicum in Local Government
  • Two Upper-level (30000-, 40000-, OR 50000-level), Advisor/ Department Head-approved courses in Political Science (30000+ level)

Psychology

  • PSY 20300 Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSY 20500 Testing and Measurement
  • Choice: PSY 31000 Sensory and Perceptual Processes or PSY 32300 Neuroscience of Motivated Behavior
  • PSY 31100 Human Learning and Memory
  • PSY 31400 Introduction to Learning
  • PSY 33900 Advanced Social Psychology

Sociology

  • SOC 22000 Social Problems
  • Choice: SOC 31400 Race and Ethnic Relations or SOC 41100 Social Stratification
  • SOC 38300 Introduction of methods in Social Research II
  • SOC 40200 Principles of Sociology
  • SOC elective (30000+ level)
  • SOC elective (30000+ level)

Spanish — Heritage

  • SPAN 30400 Reading from the Hispanic World
  • SPAN 30600 Spanish Grammar
  • SPAN 31300 Spanish for English Speakers I
  • SPAN 31400 SPanish for English Speakers II
  • SPAN elective (30000+ level)
  • SPAN elective (30000+ level)

Spanish — Non-Heritage

  • SPAN 26100 Spanish Composition
  • SPAN 30400 Reading from the Hispanic World
  • SPAN 30600 Spanish Grammar
  • SPAN 36500 Spanish Conversation
  • SPAN elective (30000+ level)
  • SPAN elective (30000+ level)

World History

  • Choose two from:
    • HIST 10300 Intro to the Medieval World
    • HIST 10400 Intro to Modern World
    • HIST 11000 The Pre-Modern World
  • HIST 29500 Research and Writing in History
  • Three Upper-level (30000-, 40000-, OR 50000-level), Advisor/ Department Head-approved courses in World History

Electives (17-24 credits)

Senior Undergraduate Research Course (3 credits)