The College of Arts and Sciences offers a number of interdisciplinary
programs leading to either a minor or a certificate in a designated area
of study. There are also a number of courses which are designated as
interdisciplinary and which may or may not be part of a particular interdisciplinary
minor or certificate program.
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 cross disciplinary fashion.
Minor in American Studies
American Studies is an internationally recognized academic field which
involves an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the culture(s)
of the United States, its colonial antecedents, and its indigenous
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 Honors College (see below)
must be members of the Honors College or must have a
3.0 cumulative grade point average.
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, Native Peoples of North America
Art and Art History
1104, Indigenous Arts of North America
American Art to 1876
2279, American Architecture
1170, American Literary Masterpieces
1700, African-American Literature
1710, Native American Literature
2710, American Literature I
2720, American Literature II
1001, American Civilization (to the mid-nineteenth
1002, American Civilization (from the mid-nineteenth
1003, African-American History
1004, The History of Women in the United States
1210, American Traditions: Humanities
1220, American Traditions: the Fine and Performing
1230, American Traditions: Social Sciences
1310, Non-Western Traditions: Humanities
1320, Non-Western Traditions: the Fine and Performing
1330, Non-Western Traditions: Social Sciences
(Admission to these Honors Seminars requires consent of the dean of
the Honors College: note that depending on instructor and content, Honors
1210 can fulfill the requirements from this group in literature/American
Studies and Honors 1230 can fulfill the History/Political Science requirement.
Honors 1310-1330 can qualify as additional Group A choices when their
focus is on Native American traditions.
1002, Introduction to African American Music
1060, Introduction to Jazz
3347, American Philosophy
1100, Introduction to American Politics
1990, The City
2300, State Politics
2350, Introduction to Urban Politics
2650, American Political Thought
2900, Studies in Political Science (when appropriate).
1990, 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, American Folklore
3291, Current Issues in Anthropology (when appropriate).
Art and Art History
1165, Photography and Society (same as Interdisciplinary
4475, Topics in American Art
4481, Topics in Contemporary Art (when appropriate)
1050, Introduction to Mass Media
2243, Communications in American Politics
3350, Mass Communication History
3352, Mass Media Criticism
2800, History of American Economic Development (same
as History 2800)
Ed Fnd 3251, Black Americans in Education
Ed Fnd 4330, History of American Education
Ed Fnd 4332, Progressivism and Modern Education
3800, Topics in Women and Literature (when appropriate)
4610, Selected Major American Writers I
4620, Selected Major American Writers II
4640, American Fiction to World War I
4650, Modern American Fiction
4930, Studies in Women and Literature (when appropriate)
4950, Special Topics in Literature (when appropriate)
3042, U.S. Social Movements in the 20 th Century
2800, History of American Economic Development (Same
as Economics 2800)
3051, African-American History: From Slavery to Civil
3052, African-American History: From Civil Rights
to Black Power
2219, U.S. Labor History
4013, United States History for the Secondary Classroom
3000, Selected Topics in History (when appropriate)
3012, The Indian in American History
3031, History of Women in the United States
3021, U. S. Urban History
3053, African-American Women's History
3043, History of Crime and Justice
4004, 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 Honors College.)
2010, Inquiries in the Humanities
2020, Inquiries in the Fine and Performing Arts
2030, Inquiries in the Social Sciences
2070, Inquiries in Education
3010, Advanced Seminar in the Humanities
3020, Advanced Seminar in the Fine and Performing
3030, Advanced Seminar in the Social Sciences
3070, Advanced Seminar in Education
3510, Research Seminar: Humanities
3520, Research Seminar: Fine and Performing Arts
3530, Research Seminar: Social and Behavioral Sciences
3570, Research Seminar: Education
1165, Photography and Society (same as Art 1165)
4410, Significant Figures in Philosophy (when appropriate)
2280, Judicial Politics and Policy
3300, The American Presidency
3331, Congressional Politics
2320, African Americans and the Political System
3340, Politics and the Media
3450, Political Parties and Elections
2380, Women in U. S. Politics
3200, Constitutional Law
3210, Civil Liberties
3390, Studies in American Politics (when appropriate)
1040, Social Problems
2100, Women in Contemporary Society
3268, The Sociology of Conflict
4316, Power, Ideology and Social Movements
4360, Sociology of Minority Groups
4380, 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, Archaeology of Historic St. Louis
2131, Archaeology of Missouri
2132, Archaeology of North America
2138, African-American Archaeology
Art and Art History
2281, Art Since 1945
2218, Public Policy in Telecommunication
3332, Intercultural Communications
3343, The Rhetoric of Protest
3355, Media Law and Regulation
Criminology and Criminal Justice
4340, Race, Crime and Justice
4060, Adolescent Literature
4770, Modern Poetry
4760, Modern Drama
4740, Poetry since World War II
3001, United States History: Colonial America to
3002, United States History: Revolution and the New
Nation, 1763 - 1815
3003, United States History: Nationalism and Sectionalism,
1815 to 1860
3004, United States History: 1860-1900
3005, United States History: 1900-1940
3006, United States History: 1940 to the Present
3031, History of Women in the United States
3041, Topics in American Constitutional History
3044, American Military History to 1900
3045, American Foreign and Military Affairs, 1900-Present
2260, Law and the Individual
2290, Women and the Law
2420, Introduction to Public Policy
2820, United States Foreign Policy
3330, Introduction to Political Behavior
3370, Mock Constitutional Convention
3410, The Politics of Business Regulation
3460, The Politics of Poverty and Welfare
1200, Social Welfare as a Social Institution
3400, Social Issues and Social Policy Development
1040, Social Problems
2180, Alcohol, Drugs and Society
3202, Urban Sociology
4354, Sociology of Business and Work Settings
In addition, courses with variable topics such as Topics
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.
Minor in Black Studies
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 College of Arts and Sciences.
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:
History 1063, The African Diaspora to 1800
History 1064, The African Diaspora Since 1800
2. A minimum of two courses from the following:
Anth 1005, Human Origins
Anth 2124, Cultures of Africa
Art 1105, Introduction to The Arts of Africa
English 1700, African-American Literature
History 1003, African American History
History 1061, African Civilization to 1800
History 1062, African Civilization Since 1800
Music 1002, 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, Cultural Continuity and Change in Subsaharan
Anth 3235, Women in Subsaharan Africa: A Contemporary
History 3053, African American Women's History
History 3050, Topics in African-American History
History 3301, West Africa to 1800
History 3302, West Africa Since 1800
History 3303, African Diaspora to 1800
History 3304, African Diaspora since 1800
PolSci 2320, African Americans and the Political
PolSci 2580, African Politics
Psych 4392, Selected Topics in Psychology: African
American Psychology (Note: Students should only take Psych 392 when
the topic is African American Psychology).
Sociology 3245, Sociology of South Africa
Sociology 4360, Sociology of Minority Groups
Comm 3332, Intercultural Communication
Minor in Classical Studies
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 Greece and Rome and of
the classical tradition that underlies much of modern Western civilization.
In addition to appealing to any students curiosity about the early stages
of society in the West, the minor provides an especially valuable supplement
to those who are majoring in many liberal arts areas including history,
literature, philosophy, foreign languages, and art.
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 College of Arts and Sciences.
Candidates for the minor must complete 19 credit hours of course work
Ancient Greek 1001
Ancient Greek 1002
and three courses from the following list and any
other course approved by the coordinator:
Ancient Greek 1001, Intermediate Ancient Greek Language
Art 2211, Art and Archeology of the Ancient World
Art 2212, Greek Art and Archeology
Art 2213, Roman Art and Archeology
Art 4411, Topics in Ancient Art and Archeology
English 1200, Myth
English 2200, Classical Literature in Translation
History 3081, Rome: The Republic and Empire
Latin 2101, Intermediate Latin Language and Culture
Philosophy 3301, Ancient Philosophy
Philosophy 4402, Aristotle
Philosophy 4401, Plato
Minor in Legal Studies
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, Foundations of Law: An Introduction
to Legal Studies (crosslisted as PolSci 1200 and Criminology and Criminal
and five courses from the following list. At least
three courses must be taken at the 3000 level and above. No more than
two courses from a single discipline may be included in the minor.
CCJ 1100, Introduction to Criminology and Criminal
CCJ 1075, Crime and Punishment
CCJ 1130, Criminal Justice Policy
CCJ 2226, Law and the Individual
CCJ 2227, Urban Law: Poverty and the Justice System
CCJ 3345, Rights of the Offender
Comm 3355, Media Law and Regulation
Econ 3650, Law and Economics
History 3041, Topics in American Constitutional History
History 3071, Medieval England
Philosophy 5533, Philosophy of Law
Philosophy 4487, Seminar in Philosophy of Law
PolSci 2290, Women and the Law
PolSci 2260, Law and the Individual (crosslisted
as CCJ 2226)
PolSci 2280, Judicial Politics and Policy
PolSci 3200, Constitutional Law
PolSci 3210, Civil Liberties
PolSci 3260, Judicial Decision Making
PolSci 3290, Studies in Public Law
PolSci 4850, International Law
Sociology 2175, Women, Crime, and Society
Sociology 3278, Sociology of Law
Minor in Public Affairs Journalism
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.
A. 9 hours in communication/English professionaltraining:
English 3140 or Comm 3214, News Writing
English 3180, Reporting or Comm 2212, Broadcast
Writing and Reporting
English 4890, Independent Writing Project, or
Comm 3394, 3396 or 3397, Internship
B. 9 hours in public affairs at the 3000 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 3000 level or above) in economics, political science, or
2. Students majoring in economics, political science, or sociology
must take 9 hours (in addition to the required English/communication
courses) at the 3000 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.
Minor in Urban Studies
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
Students must take:
Interdisciplinary 1990, The City
and five courses selected from the following list,
at least three courses at the 3000 level or above. No
more than two courses from a single discipline may be included in the
Courses Applicable to the Minor
Anth 3242, The Culture of Cities
Anth 3250, American Folklore
Art 2279, American Architecture
Art 3365, The Artist and the City
CCJ 2230, Crime Prevention
CCJ 4300, Communities and Crime
Econ 3700, Urban and Regional Economics
Econ 3510, Public Finance: State and Local
Geography 2100, Urban Geography
Geography 2110, Location Theory
History 3000, Selected Topics in History (when urban
or St. Louis history)
PolSci 2350, Introduction to Urban Politics
PolSci 3450, Urban Administration
PolSci 4470, Urban Planning and Politics
Psych 4235, Community Psychology
Psych 2256, Environmental Psychology
Sociology 1040, Social Problems
Sociology 3202, Urban Sociology
Sociology 4344, Problems of Urban Community
In addition to regular departmental offerings, the College of Arts
and Sciences also offers several interdisciplinary courses, listed below.
These courses bring together the resources of two or more disciplines
to focus on topics that benefit from being studied from the point of
view of more than one discipline. In many cases faculty from several
departments teach an interdisciplinary course together, giving students
the opportunity to experience faculty dialogue on issues in a cross-disciplinary
fashion. Most interdisciplinary courses have no prerequisites. Freshman
and sophomore students are especially encouraged to take these courses.
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, 1450, 1160, 1075, 1990, 1001, 2102, 1220, 2150++, 3690*.
The following courses fulfill the Humanities breadth of study requirement:
1165, 70, 1000, 4465.
*These courses may fulfill the Humanities or Social Sciences breadth
of study requirements.
++ Depending on topic.
1165 Photography and Society (3)
(Same as Art and Art History 1165). 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 Crime and Punishment (3)
(Same as Criminology and Criminal Justice 1075 and Sociology 1075.
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 Noon Cultural
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.
1000 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 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
institution of Great Britain.
1160 Aging in America (3)
(Same as Gerontology 1160). 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 Foundations of Law: An Introduction to Legal Studies (3)
(Same as Criminology and Criminal Justice 1200 and Political Science
1200). 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 Special Topics in Gerontology (1-3)
(Same as Gerontology 1220). 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 Introduction to Labor Studies (3)
(Same as Pol Sci 1450). 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 The City (3)
(Same as Political Science 1990, and Sociology 1999) 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 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 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 Science for the Middle School Teacher I (5)
Chemistry 1111, Biology 1811 and either Chemistry 1011 or Biology 1202.
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 Science for the Middle School Teacher II (5)
Interdisciplinary 3220. 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 Independent Studies in Women's and Gender Studies (1-3)
Prerequisite: Junior standing; two courses in Women's and Gender Studies,
including 2102; 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 The Marxist Heritage (3)
(Same as Philosophy 3369, and PolSci 3690). Study of Marx and leading
Marxists. Designed to evaluate their influence on recent political, economic,
and social thought and institutions.
4465 Topics in Photographic Studies (3)
(Same as Art and Art History 4465). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Advanced study of specific styles, periods, or issues within photographic
5350 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 Theories of Feminism (3)
Prerequisites: Junior standing and one Women's and Gender Studies course
preferably ID 2102 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 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 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 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.
6452 Special Readings in Women's Studies/Gender Studies (3)
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.