Interdisciplinary Majors

  • BA/BS - Arts & Letters
  • BA/BS - Science
  • BA/BS - Social Science
  • BA/BS - Liberal Studies

These majors are flexible by design, and each is unique to the student who chooses it. Each allows for both concentration and diversification of course work. The rules for the majors provide a framework on which to build a cohesive undergraduate program. 

Arts & Letters, Science, and Social Science each require 56 credit hours of course work, 36 of which must be upper division (300/400 level) to include 4 credits of WR 323 or an approved Writing Intensive Course (WIC). Within the upper division course work, the student must complete eight upper division credits in each of two different departments from the major area. In addition to the two eight credit hour concentrations, the student must complete 16 upper division credit hours from the major area. These credits may all be from the same department or may be chosen from different departments within the major. The remaining 20 credit hours may be upper and/or lower division from the major area.

Social Science is the most frequently chosen interdisciplinary major. For students planning to continue on to the Graduate Teacher Education Program*, the Social Science major allows for the acquisition of the broad base of knowledge necessary for the elementary teacher. For the individual planning to teach social studies at the secondary level, this major brings prerequisite course work together into an integrated whole. Additionally, because it allows dual concentrations in Psychology and Sociology, it has been used successfully by individuals who were admitted to the Master's program in Social Work and the Master's in Counseling.

Health Science pre-professional* students preparing for a medical, dental or other health careers may find it efficient to coordinate their professional school prerequisites into the Science major. This major may also be chosen by those wishing to teach integrated science at the middle school or secondary level. Additionally, students intending to teach at the elementary level find that a strong background in the sciences makes them competitive in the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) and marketable in teacher placement.

*Please see pre-professional program page for more information.

Arts & Letters allows the synthesis of related course work within Arts & Letters. The Professional Writing minor course work may be used in the Arts & Letters major.

Major Requirements for Liberal Studies:

The Liberal Studies major requires either WR 323 or an approved Writing Intensive Course (WIC), plus 77 additional upper division credit hours chosen from the three academic areas of Arts & Letters, Science and/or Social Science. The credits do not need to be distributed among these three areas. If you are majoring in Liberal Studies, you do NOT need to meet the University Studies requirement UNLESS you graduate with two majors. If you graduate with a Liberal Studies major and a second major, you must meet the University Studies requirement.

Academic Distribution Areas:

Arts & Letters - Applied Linguistics, Architecture*, Art*, Art History*, Black Studies (only BST 221, 351-353, 421, 424-427), Communication, Conflict Resolution, English/Writing, Film*, Judaic Studies (only 325, 431, and 435), Music*, Philosophy, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Systems Science (SySc 421 only), Theater Arts*, and World Languages and Literatures.

* Fine and Performing Arts

Science -  Anthropology (only 101, 370, 372, 373, 376, 379, 471, 472, 477, 478, and 479), Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences and Management, Geography (only 210, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 320, 322, 333, 340, 380, 407, 413, 414, 418, 420, 440, 475, 481, 482, 484, 485, 488, 489, 490, 492, 493, 494, 495, 496, and 497), Geology, Math/Statistics (except MTH 70, 95, 100), Physics, Science Education (SCI), and Systems Science (only SySc 330U, SySc 332U, SySc 334U, SySc 431, and SySc 452).

Social Sciences -  Anthropology (only 102, 103, 300, 301, 304, 305, 310-315, 317-320, 325, 330, 333, 335, 345, 350, 355, 357, 361-369, 399, 401-410, 412, 414, 415-418, 422, 425, 426, 428, 430-432, 435, 447, 451-458, 460, 461, 464, and 490), Black Studies, (except 221, 351-353, 421, and 424-427), Chicano Latino Studies, Child & Family Studies, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography (only GEOG 230, 240, 321, 331, 332, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356, 360, 363, 364, 366, 368, 415, 425, 430, 432, 442, 445, 446, 447, 448, 450, 453, 462, 465, and 480), History, International Studies, Judaic Studies (except 325, 431, and 435), Native American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Systems Science (SySc 338U, SySc 350U, and SySc 413 only), Urban Studies and Planning, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Students wishing to obtain further information may contact an advisor.

Arts & Letters, Science, and Social Science

Worksheet for Prospective Arts & Letters, Science, and Social Science Majors (PDF)

Liberal Studies

Worksheet for Prospective Liberal Studies Majors (PDF)

Degree Maps for all PSU majors can be found here.