Minors in Interdisciplinary Studies
These interdisciplinary courses and programs bring together the resources of two or more subject areas to focus on topics that benefit from being studied from the point of view of more than one discipline. In some cases, faculty from several departments teach as a team, giving students the opportunity to experience faculty dialogue in a crossdisciplinary fashion.
American Studies is an internationally recognized academic field
which involves an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the culture(s)
Students interested in this minor should contact the coordinator of American Studies for advice and information.
Candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better
in the 18 credit hours required for the minor. Three hours of the minor
may be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Candidates wishing
to take American Studies courses from the
Requirements for the minor.
Completion of the American Studies minor requires at least 18 semester credit hours, including at least two courses (6 hours) from Section A and at least two courses (6 hours) from Section B. The other 6 hours may be chosen from Section A, B, and/or C. Please read the special requirements below.
A. Core courses in American Studies (all courses are 3 credits except where otherwise indicated).
At least two of the following core courses are required to qualify for the minor. Of this minimal requirement, one course must be chosen from either American Studies or English and the other from either History or Political Science. Students may take up to two additional courses from this group, and these may be chosen from any department or discipline.
2120(120), Native Peoples
Art and Art History
90, Freshman Seminar (when the topic is appropriate)
1104(116), North American Indian Art
2278(158), American Art
2279(159), American Architecture
1170(17), American Literary Masterpieces
1700(70), African-American Literature
1710(71), Native American Literature
2710(171), American Literature I
2720(172), American Literature II
1001(2), American Civilization (to the mid-nineteenth century)
1002(4), American Civilization (from the mid-nineteenth century)
1003(6), African-American History
1004(7), The History of Women in the
1210(121), American Traditions: Humanities
1220(122), American Traditions: the Fine and Performing Arts
1230(123), American Traditions: Social Sciences
1310(131), Non-Western Traditions: Humanities
1320(132), Non-Western Traditions: the Fine and Performing Arts
1330(133), Non-Western Traditions: Social Sciences
(Admission to these Honors Seminars requires consent of the dean
1002(6), Introduction to African American Music
1060(7), Introduction to Jazz
3347(107), American Philosophy
1100(11), Introduction to American Politics
1990(99), The City
2300(130), State Politics
2350(135), Introduction to Urban Politics
2650(165), American Political Thought
2900(190), Studies in Political Science (when appropriate).
1990(99), The City
B. Option courses in American Studies (all courses are 3 credits except where otherwise indicated). To complete the American Studies minor, students must choose at least two courses from this group, from any department or discipline, and may choose up to four courses in this group. Courses chosen from this group must be chosen from at least two departments.
3250(250), American Folklore
3291(291), Current Issues in Anthropology (when appropriate).
Art and Art History
1165(65), Photography and Society (same as Interdisciplinary 65)
4402(215), Topics in Tribal Art
4475(258), Topics in American Art
4481(291), Topics in Contemporary Art (when appropriate)
1050(50), Introduction to Mass Media
2243(243), Communications in American Politics
3350(350), Mass Communication History
3352(352), Mass Media Criticism
2800(205), History of American Economic Development (same as History 2800(205)
Ed Fnd 3251(251), Black Americans in Education
Ed Fnd 4330(330), History of American Education
Ed Fnd 4332(332), Progressivism and Modern Education
3800(280), Topics in Women and Literature (when appropriate)
4610(373), Selected Major American Writers I
4620(374), Selected Major American Writers II
4640(375), American Fiction to World War I
4650(376), Modern American Fiction
380(4930), Studies in Women and Literature (when appropriate)
4950(395), Special Topics in Literature (when appropriate)
2800(205), History of American Economic Development (Same as Economics 2800(205)
3051(210), African-American History: From Slavery to Civil Rights
3052(212), African-American History: From Civil Rights to Black Power
3000(300), Selected Topics in History (when appropriate)
3012(312), The Indian in American History
3031(315), History of Women
3053(318), African-American Women's History
3043(320), History of Crime and Justice
4004(393), Senior Seminar (5 credits: when appropriate)
(when topics are appropriate, any of the
seminars below can qualify as an "option" course for the American
Studies minor. Admission to these courses requires the consent of the
dean of the
2010(201), Inquiries in the Humanities
2020(202), Inquiries in the Fine and Performing Arts
2030(203), Inquiries in the Social Sciences
2070(207), Inquiries in Education
3010(301), Advanced Seminar in the Humanities
3020(302), Advanced Seminar in the Fine and Performing Arts
3030(303), Advanced Seminar in the Social Sciences
3070(307), Advanced Seminar in Education
3510(351), Research Seminar: Humanities
3520(352), Research Seminar: Fine and Performing Arts
3530(353), Research Seminar: Social and Behavioral Sciences
3570357), Research Seminar: Education
1165(65), Photography and Society (same as Art 65)
4410(310), Significant Figures in Philosophy (when appropriate)
2280(228), Judicial Politics and Policy
3300(230), The American Presidency
231(3331), Congressional Politics
2320(232), African Americans and the Political System
3340(234), Politics and the Media
3450(235), Political Parties and Elections
2380(238), Women in
3200(320), Constitutional Law
3210(321), Civil Liberties
3390(332), Studies in American Politics (when appropriate)
1040(40), Social Problems
2100(100), Women in Contemporary Society
3268(268), The Sociology of Conflict
4316(316), Power, Ideology and Social Movements
4360(360), Sociology of Minority Groups
4380(380), Selected Topics in Social Policy (when appropriate)
C. American Studies elective courses (courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated). Up to two courses from this group may be used for the American Studies minor. When two courses are chosen form this group, they must be chosen from different departments.
2126(126), Archaeology of
2131(131), Archaeology of
2132(132), Archaeology of
2138(138), African-American Archaeology
Art and Art History
2281(191), Art Since 1945
2267(263), Photography Since 1945
2218(218), Public Policy in Telecommunication
3332(332), Intercultural Communications
3343((343), The Rhetoric of Protest
3355(355), Media Law and Regulation
Criminology and Criminal Justice
4340(340), Race, Crime and Justice
4060(306), Adolescent Literature
4770(384), Modern Poetry
4760(385), Modern Drama
4740(386), Poetry since World War II
3041(311), Topics in American Constitutional History
3044(313), American Military History to 1900
3045(314), American Foreign and Military Affairs, 1900-Present
3031(315), History of Women
2290(129), Women and the Law
2260(226), Law and the Individual
3330(233), Introduction to Political Behavior
3410(241), The Politics of Business Regulation
2420(242), Introduction to Public Policy
3460(246), The Politics of Poverty and Welfare
2820(282), United States Foreign Policy
3370(333), Mock Constitutional Convention
1200(150), Social Welfare as a Social Institution
3400(285), Social Issues and Social Policy Development
314, Social Work with Culturally Diverse Populations
1040(40), Social Problems
2180(180), Alcohol, Drugs and Society
3202(202), Urban Sociology
4354(354), Sociology of Business and Work Settings
In addition, courses with variable topics such as Topics in..., Studies in..., and seminars may be taken when the topics are appropriate. When in any doubt, see the coordinator of American Studies; such courses must be approved for inclusion in your American Studies minor before the semester registration deadline.
The minor in black studies is open to all undergraduate students
at UM-St. Louis, whatever their major field. This minor is an interdisciplinary
course of studies intended to provide a focus for new and existing courses
in the area of black and African diaspora studies. A faculty member with
expertise in black or diaspora studies is designated as coordinator. Students
interested in pursuing the minor should consult the coordinator for advisement.
For appropriate referral, please contact the advising office at the
Candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Courses taken on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory basis may not be applied to the minor. Courses applied to the minor may not be counted for a major.
Any courses relevant to black or African diaspora studies, offered by a humanities or social science department, may be taken when approved by the coordinator for the minor. Special topics courses, directed studies or readings may also be included for credit if relevant to the minor.
1. Students must take one of the following:
Interdisciplinary 40, The Black World
History 1063(83), The African Diaspora to 1800
History 1064(84), The African Diaspora Since 1800
2. A minimum of two courses from the following:
Anth 1005(5), Human Origins
Anth 2124(124), Cultures of
Art 1105(117), African Art
English 1700(70), African-American Literature
History 1003(6), African American History
History 1061(81), African Civilization to 1800
History 1062(82), African Civilization Since 1800
Music 1002(6), Introduction to African-American Music
3. Students should select a minimum of three courses from the following list. One course must be a social science and one must be a humanities course.
Anth 3234(234), Cultural Continuity and Change in Subsaharan
Anth 3235(235), Women in Subsaharan
History 3053(318), African American Women's History
History 3050(319), Topics in African-American History
History 3303(385), African Diaspora to 1800
History 3304(386), African Diaspora since 1800
PolSci 2320(232), African Americans and the Political System
PolSci 2580,(258) African Politics
Psych 4392(392), Selected Topics in Psychology: African American Psychology (Note: Students should only take Psych 392 when the topic is African American Psychology).
Sociology 3245(245), Sociology of
Sociology 4360(360), Sociology of Minority Groups
Comm 3332(332), Intercultural Communication
The minor in classical studies is an interdisciplinary course of
studies intended to encourage undergraduates in various disciplines to
come to a fuller awareness of the cultures of ancient
Students pursuing the minor will acquire a foundation in either Greek
or Latin. They may choose to use either sequence to fulfill the foreign
language requirement in the
Candidates for the minor must complete 19 credit hours of course work including:
Latin 1002(002) or
Ancient Greek 1001(001)
Ancient Greek 1002(002)
and three courses from the following list and any other course approved by the coordinator:
Ancient Greek 1001(101), Intermediate Ancient Greek Language and Culture
Art 2211(111), Art and Archeology of the Ancient World
Art 2212(112), Greek Art and Archeology
Art 2213(113), Roman Art and Archeology
Art 4411(212), Topics in Ancient Art and Archeology
English 1200(20), Classical Mythology
English 2200(120), Classical Literature in Translation
Latin 2101(101), Intermediate Latin Language and Culture
Philosophy 3301(101), Ancient Philosophy
Philosophy 4402(302), Aristotle
Philosophy 4401(304), Plato
The minor in legal studies is open to all undergraduate students at UM-St. Louis, whatever their major field. It offers a secondary field of concentration in one of the most important areas of social life. Students may use the minor as a complement to their major, as an additional qualification for career opportunities, or as general education.
This interdisciplinary minor coordinates liberal arts courses related to law. A faculty member in Legal Studies will advise students and will work with their major advisers in planning appropriate courses.
Candidates must take:
Interdisciplinary 1200(20), Foundations of Law: An Introduction to Legal Studies (crosslisted as PolSci 1200(20).
and five courses from the following list. At least three courses must be taken at the 200 level and above. No more than two courses from a single discipline may be included in the minor.
CCJ 1100(10), Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
CCJ 1075(75), Crime and Punishment
CCJ 1130(1300), Criminal Justice Policy
CCJ 2226(226), Law and the Individual
CCJ 2227(227), Urban Law: Poverty and the Justice System
CCJ 3345(345), Rights of the Offender
Comm 3355(355), Media Law and Regulation
Econ 3650(219), Law and Economics
History 3041(311), Topics in American Constitutional History
History 3071(321) Medieval
Philosophy 5533(433), Philosophy of Law
Philosophy 4487(387), Seminar in Philosophy of Law
PolSci 2290(129), Women and the Law
PolSci 2260(226), Law and the Individual (crosslisted as CCJ 2226(226)
PolSci 2280(228), Judicial Politics and Policy
PolSci 3200(320) Constitutional Law
PolSci 3210(321), Civil Liberties
PolSci 3260(326), Judicial Decision Making
PolSci 3290(329), Studies in Public Law
PolSci 4850(385), International Law
Sociology 2175(175), Women, Crime, and Society
Sociology 3278(278), Sociology of Law
The minor in public affairs journalism provides students with an overview of media operations, including basic writing and reporting skills, as well as a specialty area of advanced study. Ordinarily the specialty or cognate area focuses on a particular field, such as consumer affairs, economics, or political science -- areas in which a journalist would specialize. Cognate areas are proposed by students seeking the minor and approved by a faculty committee.
A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required in the minor. No more than 3 hours credit may be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. A total of 18 hours is required for the minor. At least 12 of the 18 required hours must be taken at UM-St. Louis.
1. 9 hours in communication/English professional training:
English 3140(214) or Comm 3214(214), News Writing
English 3180(218), Reporting or Comm 2212(212) Broadcast Writing and Reporting
English 4890(320), Independent Writing Project, or
Comm 3394(394), 3396(396) or 3397(397), Internship
B. 9 hours in public affairs at the 2000 level or above
1. Students earning a writing certificate or majoring in communication with a mass communication emphasis must take 15 hours (at least 9 of these at the 200 level or above) in economics, political science, or sociology.
2. Students majoring in economics, political science, or sociology must take 9 hours (in addition to the required English/communication courses) at the 200 level or above in addition to English/communication courses chosen from those listed above and/or in the two cognate areas outside their major (i.e., economics, political science, or sociology).
A list of courses applicable to the minor is available from the coordinator.
A minor in urban studies includes 18 hours of course work. Candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Courses taken on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory basis may not be applied to the minor.
Special topics courses relevant to urban studies may be included in the minor when approved in advance by the coordinator of the urban studies minor.
Students must take:
Interdisciplinary 1990(99), The City
and five courses selected from the following list, at least three courses at the 200 level or above. No more than two courses from a single discipline may be included in the minor.
Courses Applicable to the Minor
Anth 3242(242), The Culture of Cities
Anth 3250(250), American Folklore
Art 2279(159), American Architecture
Art 3365(295), The Artist and the City
CCJ 2230(230), Crime Prevention
CCJ 4300(300), Communities and Crime
Econ 3700(270), Urban and Regional Economics
Econ 3510(317), Public Finance: State and Local
Geography 2100(210), Urban Geography
Geography 2110(211), Location Theory
History 3000(300), Selected Topics in History (when urban
PolSci 2350(135), Introduction to Urban Politics
PolSci 3450(245), Urban Administration
PolSci 4470(346), Urban Planning and Politics
Psych 4235(235), Community Psychology
Psych 2256(256), Environmental Psychology
Sociology 1040(40), Social Problems
Sociology 3202(202), Urban Sociology
Sociology 4344(344), Problems of Urban Community
In addition to regular departmental offerings, the
Students who have earned 24 or more semester hours of credit at any accredited post-secondary institutions(s) before the start of the fall 2002 semester must meet the general education requirements stipulated in the UM-St Louis 2001-2002 Bulletin. The following courses fulfill the Social Sciences breadth of study requirements as described in that Bulletin: 1200(20), 1450(45), 1160(60), 1075(75), 1990(99), 1001(101), 2102(102), 1220(120), 150(2150)++, 3690(269*). The following courses fulfill the Humanities breadth of study requirement: 1165(65), 70, 1000(100), 4465(265).
*These courses may fulfill the Humanities or Social Sciences breadth of study requirements.
++ Depending on topic.
1165(65) Photography and Society (3)
(Same as Art and Art History 1165(65). A study of photography as a means of information and expression, as an influence on culture, and as a reflection of concepts in politics, science, morality, and art.
1075(75) Crime and Punishment (3)
(Same as Criminology and Criminal Justice 75 and Sociology 1075(75). An introduction to sociological and psychological explanations of crime and punishment. An examination of private and governmental responses to the threats of crime and delinquent behavior.
160 Monday Cultural Seminar (2)
An interdisciplinary examination of topics in the Humanities. Students will attend the Monday Noon Cultural Series program of the Center for the Humanities each week and meet as a group to explore the nature and background of each presentation, e.g., fiction reading, musical event, presentation of scholarly research in the arts or culture, or social and historical analysis.
390 Independent Studies in Photographic Studies (1-10)
Prerequisites: Twelve hours completed in photographic studies. Integrated individual projects conducted under photographic studies committee and departmental faculty supervision.
1000(100) Special Topics (3)
Topics may vary from semester to semester, however, they will all focus in the cultural heritage of Great Britain with material taken from art, theater, literature, and selected topics in philosophy.
1001(101) Special Topics (3)
Topics may very from semester to semester, however, material will
be selected which will focus in the social, economic, historical or political
(Same as Gerontology 1160(60). An introduction to the major issues, research, problems, and current service approaches in the study of the aging process. An overview of information useful for students in the arts and sciences, business, education, and nursing schools. This course is primarily for freshmen and sophomores.
1200(20) Foundations of Law: An Introduction to Legal Studies (3)
(Same as Criminology and Criminal Justice 1200(20) and Political Science 1200(20). As a broad liberal-arts approach to the study of law, this course is designed to familiarize students with legal ideas, legal reasoning, and legal processes. It also provides comparative and historical perspectives on law that will help explain legal diversity and legal change. Finally, it offers opportunities to explore some of the persistent issues in law and legal theory: for example, issues about the sources of law, the responsibilities of the legal profession, or the relative merits of the adversary system.
1220(120) Special Topics in Gerontology (1-3)
(Same as Gerontology 1220(120). Selected topics dealing with various aspects of gerontology. The specific contents of this course will vary from semester to semester. The course may be repeated for credit with permission of the Gerontology director.
1450(45) Introduction to Labor Studies (3)
(Same as Pol Sci 1450(45). This course covers many topics important to the role of unions in the American political system and American society from a labor perspective. Topics include the role of workers in current and future times, unions' institutional structure, collective bargaining strategies and obstacles for union organizing, recent union campaigns, labor's political role, and the relationship between labor and media.
1990(99) The City (3)
(Same as Political Science 1990(99), and Sociology 1999(99) Consideration of economic factors, urban institutions, historical developments in urbanization, problems of the inner city, suburbia and the metropolitan area, ethnic groups, stratification, and psychological implications of urban living. This course is primarily for freshmen and sophomores. It is open to juniors and seniors with the instructor's permission.
2102(102) Women, Gender and Diversity (3)
An introduction to the study of women's roles in a diverse and gendered culture and society. Through a variety of disciplinary perspectives in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, it seeks to understand gender as a concept that affects both women and men. This course explores issues of power, identity, and relationship in women's lives.
2150(150) Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (3)
An introduction to a particular topic area in women's studies (topics will be announced prior to registration), drawing on the theories and methods of such disciplines as sociology, Psychology, political science, history, philosophy, art history, and others to examine particular aspects of women's experience in social and cultural life. Course may satisfy the distribution requirement for Humanities or Social Sciences depending on the topic.
3220(314) Science for the Middle School Teacher I (5)
Prerequisites: Chemistry 1111(11), Biology 1811(11) and either Chemistry 1011(10) or Biology 1202(120). This course is intended to provide science content and pedagogical methods to students preparing to teach science at the middle school level. Science content in the first semester may include investigations of the properties of solids and solutions, chemical changes and conservation of matter, forces and simple machines, food webs, the environment and ecosystems, heat and radiation, waves and diffraction, static electricity and currents, but other topics from the middle school science curriculum could be substituted. Students will be expected to develop grade appropriate teaching materials, and complete individual and group investigations. Two hours of lecture, one hour of discussion , and two two-hour laboratory sessions per week.
3221(315) Science for the Middle School Teacher II (5)
Interdisciplinary I 3220(314). This
course is intended to provide science content and pedagogical methods to students preparing to teach
science at the middle school level. Science
content is the second semester may include the atmosphere and climate,
rocks and minerals, water resources, cells, and living systems, reproduction
and genes, biodiversity and adaptation, water cycles, the solar system,
and earth as a planet, but other topics from the middle school science
curriculum could be substituted. Students
will be expected to develop grade appropriate teaching materials and complete
individual and group investigations. Two
hours of lecture, one hour of discussion, and two two-hour laboratory
sessions per week.
3352(352) Independent Studies in Women's and Gender Studies (1-3)
Prerequisite: Junior standing; two courses in Women's and Gender Studies, including ID 50 0r 2102(102);and consent of the instructor and the Institute. Directed independent work in selected Women's and Gender Studies topics through readings, research, reports and/or conferences. Course may satisfy the distribution requirement for the Humanities, Social Sciences or Math/Science depending on topic.
3690(269) The Marxist Heritage (3)
(Same as Philosophy 3369(269), and PolSci 3690(269). Study of Marx and leading Marxists. Designed to evaluate their influence on recent political, economic, and social thought and institutions.
4465(265) Topics in Photographic Studies (3)
(Same as Art and Art History 4465(265). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Advanced study of specific styles, periods, or issues within photographic history.
5350(350) Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (3)
Prerequisite: Junior standing and one Women's and Gender Studies course. This course will focus on a particular aspect of women's conditions (to be announced prior to registration) and will draw upon recent theoretical and methodological work in the field of women's and gender studies from a variety of disciplines. Course may satisfy the distribution requirement for Humanities or Social Sciences depending on the topic.
5351(351) Theories of Feminism (3)
Prerequisites: Junior standing and one Women's and Gender Studies course preferably ID 50 or 2102(102) or consent of instructor. An analysis of contemporary theories of feminism, including liberal, radical, socialist, and women-of-color perspectives, and an exploration of the underpinnings of feminist theory in major systems of thought.
5353(353) Internship in Women's and Gender Studies (3)
Prerequisite: 90 hours. 2.5 GPA, 12 WGS hrs. Internship would place the student in a profit or nonprofit setting for approximately ten hours a week in an internship structured and supervised by the Institute; consent of Director required; may include biweekly seminar. Student must present appropriate course background for either option, plus the above pre/co-requisites.
6401(401) Inquiries in Women's and Gender Studies (3)
Introduces graduate students to the field of women's studies, with particular focus on its vocabulary and evolution, its location within and relationship to the academy, and its predominant theoretical and methodological frameworks. Specific content will vary year to year. Strongly encouraged for graduate students in Women's and Gender Studies.
6450(450) Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies (3)
Critical examination of advanced topics in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences from women's and gender studies perspectives. May be taken more than once provided that the subject matter is different each time the seminar is taken.
Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Certificate program and consent of instructor. Directed independent work on a selected Women's and Gender Studies topic through readings, research, reports, and/or conferences.