Multidisciplinary Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies (abbreviated BA MS) reflects S&T’s recognition that technological change, both in the modern workplace and, to a lesser extent, in our leisure lives, increasingly cuts across the traditional boundaries of degrees and disciplines. Offered through the Department of Arts, Languages, and Philosophy, this degree permits students whose interests cross these boundaries to combine courses in two or three different  “focus areas”  to create a coherent and academically sound non-traditional program of study.

A minimum of 120 credit hours with an average of at least two grade points per credit hour is required for a BA MS degree.  At least 45 credit hours of the student’s work must be taken at the upper-class level (S&T courses numbered 200 or above).

All students in the BA MS program will complete the general education requirements below and generally comply with the requirements for the BA degree. 

 GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS                                              

 Basic Skills and Concepts (30 credits)

   A. Composition: English 1120 and English 1160 or 1600.

   B. Western Civilization—History 1100 and 1200  

   C.  Foreign Languages:  11/ 12 credits of one or 16 (8+8) credits of two (See catalog for detailed BA requirements).

   D. Speech 1185

   E. CompSci: 1570 and 1580 or 1971 and 1981.

Math and Science (13 credits)
3 credits of Biological Science, 3 credits of Physical Science, 1 credit Science Lab, 3 credits in Math or statistics beyond college algebra, and one other 3 credit science or math course.

Human Institutions (24 credits)

12 hours of Humanities—at least one course in each of 3 fields selected from History, Etymology, Fine Arts (exclusive of performance or studio courses), Literature, Philosophy, or Speech and Media Studies.

12 hours of Social Sciences: must include at least one course in each of two fields selected from Economics, Political Science, and Psychology.

Experiential Learning Requirement
All undergraduate students in the multidisciplinary studies program must also complete the experiential learning requirement. 

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MAJOR/MINOR FIELD REQUIREMENTS (48 credits) :

In lieu of the traditional major/minor requirements, students will complete two  (at a minimum, 24 and 21 hours respectively) or three (at a minimum, 15 hours each)  focus areas chosen from among the various disciplines  and exclusive of the general education requirements above. GPA requirements for each area are the same as those for major fields. BA MS students will also complete a 3-hour capstone course (ALP 4397) that reflects the students’ ability to synthesize methods and knowledge from each focus area into an academically coherent product.

ELECTIVES
Free electives may be chosen if needed to complete a total of 120 credit hours for the degree.

Students design their multidisciplinary programs in coordination with a multidisciplinary studies advisor in the Department of Arts, Languages, and Philosophy. For each program, the advisor will work with the student to convene and chair a degree committee consisting of one faculty member from each focus area.  Students in the program are expected to develop a sensible rationale for their course of study, justifying both the combination of disciplines and each course chosen within that combination in the context of their own needs and interests. Individual programs and capstone course activities are subject to the approval of the degree committee.

Residency requirements, if any:
 The Student Academic Regulations for Missouri S&T state that a student must complete the last 60 hours of the degree in residence; however provision exists for up to an additional 15 hours to be taken off campus with departmental approval. Off-campus hours beyond 15 require the recommendation of the ALP Department Chair and approval by the Provost.

French Language and French-Speaking Cultures Emphasis Area

The B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on French Language and French-Speaking Cultures consists of 30 language credits plus 15 credits in a third content area. Content Area 1 is French Language, Content Area 2 is French-Speaking Cultures. At least 18 of the 30 credit hours must be at least the 3000 or 4000 level. 

Content Area 1: French Language, 15 credits, selecting from the list below. At least 6 of these credits must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

FRENCH 1180 Intermediate French 4
FRENCH 2110 Basic French Conversation 3
FRENCH 2180 Basic French Composition 3
FRENCH 2330 Introduction to Professional French 3
FRENCH 4311 Advanced French Conversation 3
FRENCH 4330 Professional French 3
FRENCH 4340 French for Engineering 3

Content Area 2: French-Speaking Cultures, 15 credits selecting from the list below. At least 12 of these credits must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

FRENCH 2330 Introduction to Professional French 3
FRENCH 2170 Masterpieces Of French Literature 3
FRENCH 3010 The Francophone World 3
FRENCH 3020 Contemporary French and Francophone Literature 3
FRENCH 3370 Survey Of French Literature I (Early Period) 3
FRENCH 3375 Survey Of French Literature II (Modern Period) 3
FRENCH 4320 French and Francophone Cinema 3
FRENCH 4330 Professional French 3
FRENCH 4360 French Culture And Civilization 3

Additional coursework may count toward language content areas with advisor approval. These include:

FRENCH 3000 Special Problems 0-6
FRENCH 3001 Special Topics 0-6
FRENCH 4000 Special Problems 0-6
FRENCH 4001 Special Topics 0-6
FRENCH 4010 Seminar 0-6
Courses taken in French during study abroad  

Spanish Language and Spanish-Speaking Cultures Emphasis Area

The B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on Spanish Language and Spanish-Speaking Cultures consists of 30 language credits plus 15 credits in a third content area. Content Area 1 is Spanish Language. Content Area 2 is Spanish-Speaking Cultures. At least 18 of the 30 credit hours must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Content Area 1: Spanish Language, 15 credits, selecting from the list below.  At least 6 of these credits must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. 

SPANISH 1180 Intermediate Spanish 4
SPANISH 2110 Basic Spanish Conversation 3
SPANISH 2180 Intermediate Spanish Composition 3
SPANISH 2330 Introduction to Professional Spanish 3
SPANISH 3100 Spanish Translation for Technical Applications 3
SPANISH 4302 Phonetics and Phonology of Spanish 3
SPANISH 4311 Advanced Spanish Conversation 3
SPANISH 4330 Professional Spanish 3

Content Area 2: Spanish-Speaking Cultures, 15 credits, selecting from the list below. At least 12 of these credits must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

SPANISH 2160 Hispanic Culture 3
SPANISH 2161 Contemporary Latin America 3
SPANISH 2170 Masterpieces Of Hispanic Literature 3
SPANISH 2330 Introduction to Professional Spanish 3
SPANISH 4330 Professional Spanish 3
SPANISH 4350 Spanish Literature, Science, and Technology 3
SPANISH 4370 Survey Of Spanish Literature 3
SPANISH 4377 Spanish-American Novel And Short Story 3

Additional coursework may count toward language emphasis areas with the approval of the student's advisor. These include:

SPANISH 3000 Special Problems 0-6
SPANISH 3001 Special Topics 0-6
SPANISH 4000 Special Problems 0-6
SPANISH 4001 Special Topics 0-6
SPANISH 4010 Seminar 1-3
Courses taken in Spanish during study abroad  

 

Multidisciplinary Studies Advisors

Dr. Irina Ivliyeva

Interim Department Chair, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of Russian