Interdisciplinary Studies B.A. – Liberal Arts Emphasis

University College

Contact: Valerie Ashton, Administrative Assistant

Location: McKee 227

Telephone: 970.351.2929

Fax: 970.351.3159

Website: www.unco.edu/iset

Advising Information:

ISET students must attend group advising each semester to receive a PIN to register. Transfer students and newly declared students are encouraged to schedule an individual appointment prior to group advising. Group advising dates are posted under News and Events on the website. Students should sign up for the ISET listserv to receive important information updates. Instructions are on the website.

The program consists of five parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. Areas of Concentration
  4. Second Area of Concentration or Minor
  5. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

  • The Interdisciplinary Studies Liberal Arts (non-licensure) major provides the broad liberal arts academic background and knowledge of education, but does not lead to teaching licensure.
  • Concentration areas provide students with more in-depth study of academic disciplines.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Degree Requirements — 120 credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 40-42 credits

LAC area 1.a. — Elementary Composition

ENG 122College Composition

3

LAC area 1.b. — Intermediate Composition

ENG 123College Research Paper

3

LAC area 2 — Mathematics

MATH 181Fundamentals of Mathematics I: Number and Operations

3

MATH 182Fundamental Mathematics II: Algebra, Probability and Data Analysis

3

LAC area 3.a. — Arts

Choose one of the following courses:

ART 190Art Appreciation

3

MUS 140Introduction to Music

3

THEA 130Introduction to the Theatre

3

LAC area 3.b. — Literature and Humanities

Choose one of the following courses:

ENG 131Introduction to Literature

3

ENG 211Survey of American Literature

3

ENG 214British Literature II

3

ENG 262Masterpieces of World Literature

3

ENG 131: Students are strongly recommended to take this course. ENG 211, ENG 214, or ENG 262 are acceptable alternatives.

LAC area 4 — History

Choose one of the following courses:

HIST 100Survey of American History from Its Beginnings to 1877

3

HIST 101Survey of American History from 1877 to the Present

3

HIST 121Western Civilization from 1689 to the Present

3

HIST 100: Students are strongly recommended to take this course. HIST 101 or HIST 121 are acceptable alternatives.

LAC area 5.a. — Economic and Political Systems

Choose one of the following courses:

ECON 101Understanding the Contemporary Economy

3

PSCI 100United States National Government

3

PSCI 105Fundamentals of Politics

3

ECON 101 and PSCI 100: Students are strongly recommended to take these courses. PSCI 105 is an acceptable alternative.

LAC area 5.b. — Geography

Choose one of the following courses:

GEOG 100World Geography

3

GEOG 110Geography of the United States and Canada

3

GEOG 200Human Geography

3

GEOG 100 and GEOG 110: Students are strongly recommended to take these courses. GEOG 200 is an acceptable alternative.

LAC area 6 — Physical and Life Sciences (Take 7 credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

ESCI 265Earth Science Concepts for Elementary Teachers

3

AST 100General Astronomy

4

GEOL 100General Geology

4

MET 205General Meteorology

4

OCN 200General Oceanography

4

ESCI 265: Students are strongly recommended to take this course. AST 100, GEOL 100, MET 205, or OCN 200 are acceptable alternatives.

Choose one of the following courses:

SCI 265Physical Science Concepts

4

CHEM 111Principles of Chemistry I

5

CHEM 281Fundamentals of Biochemistry

5

PHYS 220Introductory Physics I

5

PHYS 240General Physics I

5

SCI 265: Students are strongly recommended to take this course. CHEM 111, CHEM 281, PHYS 220 or PHYS 240 are acceptable alternatives.

LAC area 7 — International Studies

One International Studies 3-hour class except BA 251

LAC area 8 — Multicultural Studies

One Multicultural Studies 3-hour class

2. Required Major — 24-25 credits

Take all of the following courses:

Integrated Arts

PVA 310The Arts in Contemporary Society

3

Language Arts

EDEL 320Teaching With Writing

3

Choose one of the following courses:

EDRD 314Literature for Children, Adolescents and Young Adults

3

ENG 204Literature about Childhood and Adolescence

3

Choose one of the following courses:

EDRD 319Language and Literacy Development of Preschool and Elementary School Children

3

ENG 419English Linguistics

3

Mathematics

MATH 283Fundamental Mathematics III: Geometry and Measurement

3

Science

SCI 465Principles of Scientific Inquiry: Finding Order in Chaos

3

Choose one of the following courses:

BIO 101Biological Perspectives

4

BIO 265Life Science Concepts

3

Social Studies

Choose one of the following courses:

SOSC 200Exploring Colorado

3

HIST 224History of Colorado

3

NOTE: Students may not use one course to satisfy multiple requirements in the LAC, ISET Core or Area of Concentration.

3. Area of Concentration — 14-15 credits

Choose one Area of Concentration from the list below:

Take 15 credits 

  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry & Biochemistry
  3. Civics
  4. Creative Drama
  5. Earth Science
  6. Environmental Studies
  7. ESL (English as a Second Language)
  8. French
  9. Geography
  10. German
  11. History
  12. Language Arts
  13. Mathematics
  14. Multicultural Studies
  15. Music Education
  16. Music Performance
  17. Physics
  18. Spanish
  19. Visual Arts Integration
  20. Visual Arts Studio

Biology Concentration

Take 15 credits

BIO 111Survey of Organismal Biology

4

BIO 245Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology

4

BIO 360Ecology

4

One 300—400 level BIO prefix

3

NOTES: Students must take BIO 110 instead of BIO 265 in the Core Requirements.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Concentration

Take 15 credits

CHEM 112Principles of Chemistry II

4

CHEM 112LPrinciples of Chemistry II Laboratory

1

CHEM 331Organic Chemistry I

4

CHEM 331LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory

1

CHEM 360Environmental Chemistry

2

CHEM 422Directed Studies

1 - 3

NOTES: Students must take CHEM 111 instead of SCI 265 as a LAC Area 6 requirement They must also take CHEM 422 and act as an Elementary Laboratory Assistant for SCI 265.

CHEM 422: Non-licensure students may substitute another course for this requirement with approval of their advisor.

Civics (Political Science) Concentration

Take 15 credits

PSCI 100United States National Government

3

PSCI 105Fundamentals of Politics

3

Select three other 300-400 level Political Science courses

9

If PSCI 100 or PSCI 105 is used to satisfy Liberal Arts Core requirements, an additional 300-400 level Political Science course must be selected.

Creative Drama Concentration

Take 15 credits - Required Major Credits (Minimum 8 credits)

THEA 130Introduction to the Theatre

3

THEA 308Theatre Workshop

1 - 4

THEA 401Practicum in Theatre

1 - 4

and/or

THEA 422Directed Research in Theatre

1 - 4

NOTE: If THEA 130 is used to satisfy the LAC requirement in Area 3, students should select an additional course from the elective category to total 15 credits. Two to four students will be accepted into the program each year.

Additional courses must be selected from the following list to reach a total of 15 credits.

MT 296Musical Theatre History

3

THEA 100Individual Performance in Theatre

2

THEA 135Playscript Analysis

3

THEA 149Orientation to Technology

3

THEA 190Stage Speech I

2

THEA 241Seminar in Theatre Arts Management

1 - 2

THEA 265Theatre for Young Audiences Tour

3

THEA 296History of Theatre I

3

THEA 297History of Theatre II

3

THEA 308Theatre Workshop

1 - 4

THEA 380Design Fundamentals for Secondary Education

3

THEA 380: must also take THEA 149 orientation to Technology (3)

Students interested in the program must submit a writing sample to Theatre Education Faculty. After reading writing samples, Theatre Education Faculty members will interview a select group of students and choose final two to four students for the program.

Earth Science Concentration

Take 15 credits

GEOL 202Historical Geology

4

MET 205General Meteorology

4

Choose one of the following:

OCN 301Physical and Chemical Oceanography

4

OCN 302Geological and Biological Oceanography

4

Choose one of the following:

AST 301Classical Astronomy

3

AST 302Modern Astronomy

3

Environmental Studies Concentration

Take 15 credits -Required Core

ENST 100Introduction to Environmental Studies

3

ENST 405Senior Seminar

3

Social Processes (choose one of the following courses, 3 credits)

ENST 205Environment, Politics and Law

3

ENST 215Human Behavior and Environment

3

ENST 331Global Population and Human Needs

3

ENST 335Environmental and Resource Economics

3

GEOG 315Nature and Society

3

Physical Resources (choose one of the following courses, 3 credits)

ENST 225Energy and the Environment

3

ENST 235Chemistry and the Environment

3

ENST 255Atmospheric Environment of Humans

3

ENST 265Conservation of Natural Resources

3

ENST 355Introduction to Environmental Health

3

Sensory Perceptions (choose one of the following courses, 3 credits)

ENST 375Literature and the Environment

3

ENST 385Art and the Environment

3

NOTE: Nine of the credits taken for this concentration must be at the 300-400 level.

ESL Concentration

Take 15 credits

MAS 275Education of Mexican American Students

3

TESL 101Admission to ESL Endorsement (Linguistically Diverse Education)

0

TESL 350Second Language Acquisition

3

TESL 400Methods and Approaches of ESL/EFL

3

TESL 401TESL Practicum

3

Choose one of the following:

ENG 318Traditional and Modern Grammars

3

ENG 419English Linguistics

3

TESL 380Introduction to Linguistics for ESL/LDE Educators

3

NOTES: Students must complete MAS 100 Introduction to Mexican American Studies to satisfy the LAC Area 8 requirement and as a prerequisite to MAS 275.

Students must complete a second language requirement equivalent to ONE year of college level studies.

MAS 275 and TESL 350 must be completed before TESL 400. TESL 400 must be completed prior to doing the TESL Practicum courses.

French Concentration

Take 15 credits

Choose one of the following:

FR 116Contemporary France

3

FR 117The French Speaking World

3

Take all of the following:

FR 202Intermediate French II

3

FR 407French Phonetics and Oral Proficiency

3

Take two of the following:

FR 301France & Francophonie I

3

FR 302France & Francophonie II

3

FR 311French Civilization and Literature Survey I

3

FR 312French Civilization and Literature Survey II

3

NOTES: All 200-300 level FR courses are conducted in French.

FR 116 and FR 117: Students may not use FR 116 or FR 117 to satisfy the LAC area 7. requirement.

FR 202: Students must have completed FR 201 or have demonstrated proficiency. Consent of instructor required.

Geography Concentration

Take 15 credits. Take both of the following courses:

GEOG 200Human Geography

3

GEOG 390Geographic Inquiry: Applying Spatial Thinking

3

Choose one of the following courses:

GEOG 220Climate and Vegetation

3

GEOG 230Landforms, Water & Hazards

3

Choose two of the following:

Any 300 level regional geography course

3

and

Any 300-level systematic geography course

3

For a list of regional and systematic Geography courses, please see the program description for the Geography B.A. – Secondary Teaching Emphasis.

NOTE: Students must take GEOG 100 or GEOG 110 to satisfy the LAC area 5 requirement.

German Concentration

Take 15 credits

GER 116Contemporary Germany

3

GER 202Intermediate German II

3

GER 407German Phonetics and Oral Proficiency

3

GER 116: Students may not use GER 116 to satisfy the LAC area 7 requirement.

GER 202: Students must have completed GER 201 or have demonstrated proficiency. Consent of instructor required.

Choose two of the following:

GER 301Germany and the Germans I

3

GER 302Germany and the Germans II

3

GER 311German Civilization and Literature Survey I

3

GER 312German Civilization and Literature Survey II

3

NOTES: All 200-300 level GER courses are conducted in German.

History Concentration

Take 15 credits

Choose one of the following:

HIST 100Survey of American History from Its Beginnings to 1877

3

HIST 120Western Civilization from Ancient Greece to 1689

3

HIST 121Western Civilization from 1689 to the Present

3

Choose two of the following:

Any 300-400 level history course

Choose one of the following:

Any 300-319 level non-western history course

Choose one of the following:

Any 300-400 level course in Economics, Geography or Political Science

Language Arts Concentration

Take 15 credits

Reading:

Choose one of the following courses:

EDRD 410Achieving Effective Instruction in Developmental Reading

3

ENG 204Literature about Childhood and Adolescence

3

ENG 414Greek and Comparative Mythology

3

Writing:

Choose one of the following courses:

ENG 203Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

3

ENG 319The Art of Persuasion

3

Language:

Choose one of the following courses

ENG 218Introduction to Linguistics

3

ENG 318Traditional and Modern Grammars

3

ENG 419English Linguistics

3

TESL 380Introduction to Linguistics for ESL/LDE Educators

3

Speaking and Listening:

Choose one of the following courses

COMM 220Interpersonal Communication

3

COMM 221Nonverbal Communication

3

COMM 223Intercultural Communication

3

COMM 330Small Group Communication

3

Viewing:

Choose one of the following courses

ART 290Visual Thinking and Visual Images

3

FILM 120Introduction to Film

3

JMC 390Impact of Mass Communications on Society

3

Mathematics Concentration

Take 14 credits: Students entering this program are expected to have the equivalent of four years of high school mathematics that will enable them to begin a study of calculus; students without these prerequisites may be required to take additional courses in algebra and trigonometry before beginning the calculus sequence.

MATH 228Discrete Mathematics

3

MATH 341Introduction to Modern Geometry I

3

MATH 391Introduction to Number Theory

3

MATH 395Topics in Mathematics for Teachers

3

MED 381Fundamental Mathematics Education Lab

2

NOTES: Students must take MATH 131 instead of MATH 181 to satisfy part of the LAC Area 2 requirement. The other part of the requirement is MATH 182. The total number of credits in this concentration is 14 because the number of credits of LAC requirements in Mathematics is increased from 6 to 7.

MATH 395: Non-licensure students may substitute another course for this requirement with approval of their advisor.

Multicultural Studies Concentration

Take 15 credits

Introduction to Cultural Issues in the U.S.

Choose one of the following:

MCS 101Multiculturalism in the United States: Concepts and Issues

3

SOC 237Sociology of Minorities

3

MCS 101 and SOC 237: Students may not use these courses to satisfy the LAC Area 8 requirement.

History Courses

Choose one of the following:

AFS 202African American History II

3

HIST 329American Indian History

3

MAS 225Latina/Latino History

3

Education Courses

Choose one of the following:

AFS 310African Americans and U.S. Education

3

MAS 275Education of Mexican American Students

3

Issues Courses

Choose two of the following:

AFS 340The Black Family

3

AFS 422Directed Studies

1 - 4

ANT 314Anthropology of Sex and Gender Diversity

3

ANT 317Contemporary Native American Issues

3

HISP 395History and Philosophy of Bilingual Education

3

MAS 422Directed Studies

1 - 3

WS 240Women, Race and Class

3

WS 285Global and Cross Cultural Perspectives of Women

3

WS 422Directed Studies

1 - 3

Music Education Concentration

Take 15 credits

MUS 104Foundations of Music Theory

3

MUS 210Introduction to Music Education

1

Choose one of the following:

MUS 140Introduction to Music

3

MUS 143Musical Styles and Context

3

MUS 150History of Rock and Roll

3

MUS 247Music Cultures of the World

3

MUS 296Jazz Music: History and Appreciation

3

Students who take any of these courses to satisfy a LAC requirement must select another course from this category.

Choose eight credits from the following:

MUS 160Beginning Class Piano I

1

MUS 161Beginning Class Piano II

1

MUS 209Introduction to Music Technology

2

MUS 260Intermediate Class Piano I

1

MUS 261Intermediate Class Piano II

1

MUS 314Guitar in the Classroom

1

MUS 352Piano Pedagogy I

2

MUS 360Voice Class

1

MUS 267University Symphony Orchestra

1 - 3

MUS 467University Symphony Orchestra

1 - 3

MUS 268Chamber Orchestra

1

MUS 468Chamber Orchestra

1

MUS 280Mixed Concert Choir

1

MUS 480Mixed Concert Choir

1

MUS 281Women's Glee Club

1

MUS 481Women's Glee Club

1

MUS 282University Singers

1

MUS 482University Singers

1

MUS 284Men's Glee Club

1

MUS 484Men's Glee Club

1

MUS 288Concert Band

1 - 3

MUS 488Concert Band

1 - 3

MUS 290Symphonic Band

1 - 3

MUS 490Symphonic Band

1 - 3

MUS 291Wind Ensemble

1 - 3

MUS 491Wind Ensemble

1 - 3

MUS 160, MUS 161, MUS 260, MUS 261MUS 314: requires consent of instructor

MUS 267/MUS 467MUS 268/MUS 468, MUS 280/MUS 480MUS 281/MUS 481, MUS 282/,MUS 482, MUS 284/MUS 484, MUS 288/MUS 488: requires audition

MUS 290/MUS 490, MUS 291/MUS 491: Students should audition in the fall and remain in the group for the entire academic year.

Music Performance Concentration

Students declaring this emphasis must be proficient in an instrument or voice

Take 15 credits

Choose one of the following:

MUS 104Foundations of Music Theory

3

Choose one of the following

MUS 140Introduction to Music

3

MUS 143Musical Styles and Context

3

MUS 150History of Rock and Roll

3

MUS 247Music Cultures of the World

3

MUS 296Jazz Music: History and Appreciation

3

Students who take any of these courses to satisfy a LAC requirement must select another course from the category.

Choose two of the following:

MUS 160Beginning Class Piano I

1

MUS 161Beginning Class Piano II

1

MUS 260Intermediate Class Piano I

1

MUS 261Intermediate Class Piano II

1

MUS 314Guitar in the Classroom

1

MUS 360Voice Class

1

MUS 160, MUS 161, MUS 260, MUS 261MUS 314: requires instructor consent

Choose seven credits from the following:

MUS 209Introduction to Music Technology

2

MUS 267University Symphony Orchestra

1 - 3

MUS 467University Symphony Orchestra

1 - 3

MUS 268Chamber Orchestra

1

MUS 468Chamber Orchestra

1

MUS 280Mixed Concert Choir

1

MUS 480Mixed Concert Choir

1

MUS 281Women's Glee Club

1

MUS 481Women's Glee Club

1

MUS 282University Singers

1

MUS 482University Singers

1

MUS 284Men's Glee Club

1

MUS 484Men's Glee Club

1

MUS 288Concert Band

1 - 3

MUS 488Concert Band

1 - 3

MUS 290Symphonic Band

1 - 3

MUS 490Symphonic Band

1 - 3

MUS 291Wind Ensemble

1 - 3

MUS 491Wind Ensemble

1 - 3

Individual Performances in Music (270/470 through 277/477 — each number is a different specialty)

2-4

MUS 267/MUS 467, MUS 268/MUS 468, MUS 280/MUS 480, MUS 281/MUS 481, MUS 282/MUS 482, MUS 284/MUS 484, MUS 288/MUS 488: Requires audition

MUS 290/MUS 490 and MUS 291/MUS 491: Fall auditions only. Students should remain in the group for the entire academic year.

Individual Performances in Music: Requires instructor consent

Physics Concentration

Take 14 credits

PHYS 221Introductory Physics II

5

PHYS 301Seminar in Physics

1

PHYS 321Elementary Modern Physics

4

PHYS 422Directed Studies

1 - 3

PHYS 495Special Topics in Physics

0 - 3

SCED 440Strategies in Teaching Secondary Science

1

NOTES: Students must take PHYS 220 instead of SCI 265 as a LAC Area 6 requirement. The total number of credits in this concentration is 14 because this substitution increases the required Area 6 credits from four to five.

PHYS 422 Students must take PHYS 422 and act as an Elementary Laboratory Assistant for SCI 265. (Lab Assistant, take one credit)

PHYS 495: Take 2 credits

SCED 440: Non-licensure students may substitute another course for this requirement with approval from their advisor.

Spanish Concentration

Take 15 credits

SPAN 301Spanish Grammar

3

SPAN 302Spanish Composition

3

SPAN 303Spanish Conversation and Film Studies

3

SPAN 412Spanish for Bilingual Education

3

SPAN 455Literature for Children and Adolescents

3

NOTES: All courses with a SPAN prefix are taught in Spanish.

Heritage Speakers

Heritage speakers of Spanish with program approval through placement test may substitute SPAN 310, SPAN 311 and SPAN 312 for SPAN 301, SPAN 302 and SPAN 303.

Take 15 credits

SPAN 310Spanish for Native Speakers

5

SPAN 311Spanish for Native Speakers

1

SPAN 312Written Spanish for Native Speakers

3

SPAN 412Spanish for Bilingual Education

3

SPAN 455Literature for Children and Adolescents

3

SPAN 310 and SPAN 311 are co-requisites.

Visual Arts Integration Concentration — 15 Credits

Choose one of the following:

ART 183Art I

3

ART 184Art II

3

ART 234Drawing I

3

Choose two of the following:

ART 181Ancient Art History

3

ART 182Medieval to Rococo Art History

3

ART 183Art I

3

ART 184Art II

3

ART 185Neoclassic to Modern Art History

3

ART 234Drawing I

3

ART 248Introduction to Art Education/Art for the Exceptional Child

3

ART 290Visual Thinking and Visual Images

3

Choose two of the following (must total 6 credits)

ART 308Workshop in Art

1 - 4

ART 345Clinical Experience I: K-12 Art

3

ART 381Native Art

3

ART 383Pre-Columbian Art

3

ART 385Medieval Art

3

ART 386Renaissance Art

3

ART 389Contemporary Art

3

ART 390Women Artists

3

ART 391Japanese Art

3

ART 392Chinese Art History

3

ART 393Greek Art

3

ART 394Roman Art

3

ART 440Foundations of Art Education

3

ART 441Cultural Studies in the K-12 Curriculum

3

ART 442Curriculum and Instruction in Art: Studio Strategies

3

ENST 385Art and the Environment

3

Visual Arts Studio Concentration

Required Major Credits — 15 credits

Must take all of the following:

ART 183Art I

3

ART 184Art II

3

ART 234Drawing I

3

To continue with this concentration students must pass a portfolio review. Students who do not pass the portfolio may continue with the Arts Integration Concentration.

Elective Courses:

Continuing students must select two of the following courses or two from the Arts Integration concentration list above:

ART 211Ceramic Design I

3

ART 212Wheel Throwing I

3

ART 221Fiber Design I

3

ART 223Weaving

3

ART 231Painting I

3

ART 234Drawing I

3

ART 253Intaglio Printmaking I

3

ART 254Relief Printmaking I

3

ART 261Sculpture I

3

ART 265Jewelry

3

ART 270Graphic Design I

3

ART 271Introduction to Photography

3

4. Second Area of Concentration or Minor — 15-18 credits

5. University-Wide Credits — 20-26 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 20-26 credits.