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  • Cross Disciplinary Studies

    Degrees offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Associate of Arts 

    The Cross-Disciplinary Studies major is designed to demonstrate Ohio Dominican University's commitment to personal and professional development within the wider commitment to the liberal arts and lifelong learning. The Cross-Disciplinary Studies major enables the student to design a program of study that will meet individual needs better than a traditional academic major. The student works with discipline faculty and an advisor to select a cluster of courses building on previous academic background and/or professional experience to achieve appropriate educational goals. Cross-Disciplinary majors are not eligible for teacher licensure. Students interested in developing a program of study should consult the Academic Advising Center.

    Implementation

    • Cross-Disciplinary Studies program of study packets may either be downloaded from the ODU website or obtained from the Academic Advising Office.
    • Students will provide a written proposed curriculum and a rationale for the specific coursework included on the program of study. Students will discuss course selection with faculty in each concentration and get written approval for the specific coursework. It is expected that students will include enough upper-level coursework that they are provided with breadth and some depth within a discipline. (Given the student interest, a minor in the discipline might be appropriate.)
    • Once a student has a program of study approved by the Director of the Core Curriculum, he or she should meet with the academic advisors in the Academic Advising Office to formally declare the Cross-Disciplinary Studies major. These academic advisors will continue to function as the overall student academic advisor, but students should consult with relevant faculty members for course selection, internship opportunities, and possible career paths.
    • The official copy of the approved program of study should be sent to the Registrar's Office.
    • Any substitutions or changes to the proposed curriculum need to be discussed with and approved by the relevant faculty member. These revisions should be filed with the advisors in the Academic Advising Office and the Registrar's Office.

    Requirements for a B.A. in Cross-Disciplinary Studies

    1. Completion of the Liberal Arts Core General Degree Requirements for the B.A. degree (i.e., Core Curriculum Fundamentals, Core Seminars, and Disciplinary Studies Requirement).
    2. Completion of an approved program of study consisting of a minimum of 36 credit hours, of which 24 credits must be at the 200-level or above including at least 9 credits at the 300-level or above.
    3. The program of study must consist of at least two concentrations with a minimum of 15 credit hours in each concentration.
    4. Twenty-four credit hours (24) must be earned after the declaration of the major.
    5. Students with appropriate prerequisites may either complete the senior capstone (479) in one of the areas of concentration or complete CORE 479. 

    Requirements for a B.S. in Cross-Disciplinary Studies

    1. Completion of the Liberal Arts Core General Degree Requirements for the B.S. degree (i.e., Core Curriculum Fundamentals, Core Seminars, and Disciplinary Studies Requirement).
    2. Completion of an approved program of study consisting of a minimum of 36 credit hours, of which 24 credits must be at the 200-level or above including at least 9 credits at the 300-level or above.
    3. The program of study must consist of at least two concentrations with a minimum of 15 credit hours in each concentration.
    4. At least 15 credit hours of the major coursework must be in mathematics, natural, or social science disciplines.
    5. Twenty-four (24) credit hours must be earned after the declaration of the major.
    6. Students with the appropriate prerequisites may either complete the senior capstone (479) in one of the areas of concentration or complete CORE 479. 

    Requirements for an A.A. in Cross-Disciplinary Studies

    Sixty (60) credits of which 15 must be earned after the student enters the Cross-Disciplinary Studies major.

    1. Completion of Associate Degree core requirements 
    2. 3 semester credits in philosophy or theology
    3. 3 semester credits in math or science
    4. 3 semester credits in literature, language, or art
    5. 3 semester credits in social science

    No more than 3 credits may be in student teaching, methods, internship, or fieldwork.