2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog

Interdisciplinary Studies Minors and Courses

Interdisciplinary Studies Minors

Western Illinois University offers a variety of minor programs using an interdisciplinary approach. These programs include individual courses, taught by instructors from one or more departments, that embrace the subject matter and class methods of several disciplines. All interdisciplinary studies minors include courses from at least two departments (not including the student's major). To enroll in an interdisciplinary minor, students should consult their major academic adviser and the minor adviser listed below.

Interdisciplinary Minor in American Humanics: Nonprofit Youth and Human Service Organizations:  19 s.h.

Academic Adviser: Dr. Dean Zoerink, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

This interdisciplinary minor is designed to enable students from a variety of majors to seek meaningful careers in youth and human service nonprofit agencies. Those who enroll in the program work toward certification offered by American Humanics, a certification widely recognized by nonprofit organizations throughout the country. The following courses, or their equivalents, should be selected by consulting with the major adviser and the American Humanics adviser.

  1. Required Courses:  7 s.h.
    RPTA 199-Fieldwork in Leisure Services (1) or equivalent experience of 100 hours of direct involvement in a nonprofit organization
    RPTA 270-Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations (3)
    RPTA 470-American Humanics Management Institute: Nonprofit Youth and Human Service Organizations (0)
    Required Internship to include a minimum of 300 hours of direct involvement in a nonprofit organization (3)
  2. One of the following:  3 s.h.
    EIS 201-Educational Psychology: Human Growth and Development (3)
    FCS 121-Introduction to Lifespan Development (3)
    PSY 221-Psychology of Child Development (3)
    PSY 422-Adolescent Development (3)
    PSY 423-Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (3)
    SOC 360-Gender Roles (3)
    SOC 425-Juvenile Delinquency (3)
    SPED 310-The Exceptional Individual (3)
    SW 212-Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3)
  3. One of the following:  3 s.h.
    ARTE 361-Introduction to Art Education (3)
    EDUC 439-High School Art Methods (3)
    EDUC 439-Music Teaching in the Secondary School (3)
    EDUC 439-Methods and Materials in Physical Education (3)
    HE 433-School Health Curriculum (3)
    HS 413-Community Health Program Development and Evaluation (3)
    RPTA 235-Programming Principles and Applications in Leisure Services (3)
    RPTA 330-Program Planning for People with Physical Disabilities: Community and Educational Services (3)
    RPTA 428-Youth and Leisure Services (3)
    RPTA 430-Principles of Recreational Sports (3)
    SOC 480-Deviance and Disruption in the American Family (3)
    SPED 320-Learning Environment (3)
    SW 420-Services to Children and Their Families (3)
  4. One of the following:  3 s.h.
    C&I 476-Parent/Community Involvement (3)
    HS 400-Grant Writing (3)
    RPTA 424-Fundraising and Volunteerism in Leisure Services (3)
    RPTA 467-Special Event Planning and Management (3)
  5. One of the following:  3 s.h.
    JOUR 329-Fundamentals of Public Relations (3)
    JOUR 331-Advertising Principles and Practice (3)
    MKTG 327-Marketing Principles (3)
    THEA 323-Theatre Organization and Management (3)

Interdisciplinary Minor in Broadcast and Print Media:  18 s.h.

Academic Advisers: Dr. Sharon Evans, Department of Broadcasting; Dr. Mohammad Siddiqi, Department of English and Journalism

This minor is not open to students majoring in either journalism or broadcasting.

  1. Core Requirements:  12 s.h.
    JOUR 121-Introduction to Mass Communications (3)
    BC 101-Introduction to Broadcast Production (3)
    One of the following combinations of two courses:
    JOUR 231, plus JOUR 232 or BC 200 or BC 315; OR BC 200, plus JOUR 231 or JOUR 232 or BC 315
    The above courses are as follows:
    JOUR 231-Reporting for the Mass Media I (3)
    JOUR 232-Reporting for the Mass Media II (3)
    BC 200-Broadcast Reporting I (3)
    BC 315-Broadcast News I (3)
  2. Directed Electives:  6 s.h. 
    One of the following:
    JOUR 305-Reviewing and Criticism (3)
    JOUR 306-Editorials (3)
    JOUR 330-Magazine and Feature Writing (3)
    JOUR 334-Public Affairs and Beat Reporting (3)
    One of the following:
    BC 261-Video Production I (3)
    BC 250-Audio Production I (3)
    BC 402-Advanced Broadcast Writing (3)

Interdisciplinary Minor in Environmental Studies:  18-22 s.h.

Academic Adviser: Dr. Roger Viadero, Institute for Environmental Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

  1. Core Requirements:  6 s.h. 
    ENVR 201-Introduction to Environmental Studies (3 s.h.)
    ENVR 401-Colloquium on Environmental Studies (3 s.h.)
  2. Must take at least one course from each Foundation Area and a fourth course from any Foundation Area:  12-16 s.h.
    1. Foundation Area 1: Environmental and Earth Sciences
      AGRN 278 Fundamentals of Soil Science (3)
      BIOL 350 General Ecology (4)
      BIOL 453 Streams Ecology (3)
      BOT 210 Local Flora (3)
      CHEM 342 Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry (4)
      EOS 310 Environmental Sciences (3)
      EOS 311 Environmental and Occupational Health Problems (3)
      GEOG 327 Environmental Climatology (3)
      GEOL 113 Energy and Earth Resources (3)
      GEOL 310 Geologic Field Methods (2)
      GEOL 375 Environmental Geology (3)
      GEOL 380 Hydrogeology (4)
      GEOL 420 Geomorphology (3)
      PHYS 124 General Physics (5)
    2. Foundation Area 2: Human Dimensions and Environmental Interactions
      ANTH 410 Anthrozoology (3)
      ANTH/BOT 463 Ethnobotany (4)
      ENG 340 American Nature Writing (3)
      ENG 481 Environmental Discourse and Rhetoric (3)
      HIST 420 History of Illinois (3)
      HIST 422 American Environmental History (3)
      PHIL 333 Environmental Ethics (3)
      RPTA 376 Perspectives in Outdoor Recreation (3)
      RPTA 448 Interpretation of Cultural and Environmental Resources (3)
      WS/ANTH 395 Gender, Race, and the Environment (3)
    3. Foundation Area 3: Environmental Management and Decision-Making
      CONS 405 Soil and Water Conservation (4)
      EOS 316 Integrated Waste Management (3)
      ECON/AGEC 430 Environmental Economics (3)
      GEOG 308 Introduction to GIS (3)
      GEOG/BIOL 426 Conservation and Management of Natural Resources (3)
      INAG 310 International Agriculture in Developing Countries (3)
      MGT 481 Management and Society: Ethics and Social Responsibility (3)
      POLS 393 Environmental Politics (3)

Interdisciplinary Minor in Film:  18 s.h.

Academic Advisers: Dr. Richard Ness, Department of Broadcasting; Dr. Roberta DiCarmine, Department of English and Journalism

  1. Core Courses:  9 s.h.
    BC/ENG 290-Introduction to Film (3)
    BC/ENG 390-Film History (3)
    BC/ENG 496-Topics in Film (3)
  2. Electives:  9 s.h.
    AAS 483-African Cinema (3)
    BC 232-Film Techniques (3)
    BC 333-The Hollywood Studio System: Structure and Process (3)
    BC/ENG 394-Documentary Film and Video (3)
    BC/ENG/WS 494-Women and Film/Television (3)
    ENG 389-Film Theory and Criticism (3)
    ENG 392-National Cinemas (3)
    ENG 393-American Film Genres (3)
    ENG 395-Film and Literature (3)
    ENG/REL 492–Religion Literature and Film (3)
    F L 392-French Cinema (3)
    POLS 301-Politics and Cinema (3)
    THEA 473-Acting and the Camera (3)

Interdisciplinary Minor in Fine Arts Technology and Design:  19 s.h.

Academic Advisers: Mr. David Patrick, Department of Theatre and Dance; Mr. Sam Edsall, Department of Broadcasting

  1. Core Courses:  7 s.h.
    ARTS/BC/MUS/THEA 199-Introduction to Arts Technology and Design (3)
    ARTS/BC/MUS/THEA 399-Arts Technology and Design Practicum (1)
    BC 430-Multimedia Design for Mass Media (3)
  2. Choose at least one course from three departments:  9 s.h.
    ARTS 215-Graphic Design I (3)
    ARTS 246-Digital Art Photography I (3)
    ARTS 314-Graphic Design Computer Art I (3)
    BC 210-Broadcast Media Technology and Design (3)
    BC 420-Television Graphics (3)
    MUS 248-Introduction to Music Recording and Production Techniques (3)
    MUS 348-Advanced Music Recording and Production Techniques (3)
    THEA 250-Design for Performance (3)
    THEA 345-Lighting Design I (3)
    THEA 354-Theatrical Drafting (3)
    THEA 355-Scene Design I (3)
  3. Choose one additional course from those listed under #2:  3 s.h.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Functional Morphology and Evolutionary Anatomy:  21-24 s.h.

Academic Adviser: Dr. Matthew Bonnan, Department of Biological Sciences

  1. Core Courses:  9 s.h.
    ANTH 111-Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology (3)
    ZOOL 321-Comparative Anatomy (3)
    ZOOL 325-Vertebrate Evolution (3)
  2. Complete one of the following:  3 s.h.
    ANTH 490-Individual Investigation in Anthropology (3)
    BIOL 477-Research Experience in Biology (3)
    BIOL 478-Honors Thesis in Biological Sciences (3)
  3. Choose at least 9 s.h. from at least two departments:  9-12 s.h.
    BIOL 204-Human Biology (4)
    BIOL 350-General Ecology (4)
    BIOL 419-Organic Evolution (3)
    ZOOL 230-Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
    ZOOL 231-Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
    ZOOL 320-Vertebrate Embryology (3)
    ZOOL 410-Ornithology (3)
    ZOOL 412-Mammalogy (3)
    ZOOL 413-Herpetology (3)
    ZOOL 414-Ichthyology (3)
    ZOOL 416-Marine Mammalogy (3)
    ZOOL 451-Animal Ecology (3)
    ANTH 405-Forensic Anthropology (3)
    ANTH 415-Environmental Enthropology (3)
    GEOL 330-Paleontology (4)
    GEOL 340-Stratigraphy and Sedimentology (4)
    KIN  290-Anatomy and Physiology I (3)
    KIN  291-Anatomy and Physiology II (3)
    KIN  391-Physiology of Exercise (3)
    KIN  392-Biomechanics (3)

Interdisciplinary Minor in Gerontology:  18 s.h.

Academic Adviser: Dr. Paige Goodwin, Department of Psychology

  1. Core Courses: 9 s.h. 
    GERO 200-Introduction to Gerontology (3)
    PSY 423-Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (3)
    SOC 405-Sociology of Aging in Rural and Urban America (3)
  2. Practicum:  3 s.h. 
    PSY 487-Field Experience (1)
    PSY 490-Seminar (2)
  3. Electives:  6 s.h. 
    Select 6 s.h. from the following courses*:
    CN 433-Special Problems in Counselor Education (1-3)
    HS 410-Human Disease (3)
    HS 412-Principles and Practices of Public Health Administration (3)
    HSM 314-Health Care Management (3)
    MUS 151-Introduction to Music Therapy (2)
    KIN  290-Anatomy & Physiology I (3)
    KIN  300-Fitness Activities for the Older Adult (3)
    RPTA 251-Inclusive Leisure Services for People with Disabilities (3)
    RPTA 452-Leisure Services for the Elderly (3)
    SW 442-National Social Work Policy and Services (3)
    ZOOL 420-Biology of Aging (3)

* Check the course prerequisites to determine eligibility to take the course.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Horticulture:  18 s.h.

Academic Adviser: Ms. Ember Keithley, School of Agriculture

  1. Required Courses:  7 s.h. 
    BOT 329-Plant Structure and Function (3)
    HORT 180-Introductory Horticulture (3)
    HORT 493-Practicum in Horticultural Sciences (1) 
  2. Choice of one of the following courses:  3 or 4 s.h. 
    FOR 208-Dendrology (4)
    HORT 380-Landscape Plants I (3)
    HORT 381-Landscape Plants II (3)
  3. Electives to be selected from any of the following four emphases:  7 or 8 s.h. 
    1. Production
      AGRN 373-Integrated Pest Management (4)
      FOR 406-Arboriculture (4)
      HORT 384-Landscape Management (3)
      HORT 385-Landscape Design (3)
      HORT 393-Greenhouse and Nursery Management (3)
      HORT 480-Plant Propagation (3)
      HORT 485-Turf Management (3)
    2. Design and Construction
      RPTA 483-Landscape Construction (3)
    3. Plant Science
      AGRN 278-Fundamentals of Soil Science (3)
      BOT 462-Diseases of Trees and Shrubs (3)
      HORT 389-Home Horticulture (3)
    4. Operations
      FOR 407-Urban Forestry Management (3)
      RPTA 489-Park Maintenance and Operations Management (3)

Interdisciplinary Minor in International Studies:  18 s.h.

Academic Adviser: Dr. Vincent A. Auger, Department of Political Science

  1. Core Requirements:  6 s.h. 
    1. Required of all minors:
      POLS 228-Fundamentals of International Relations (3)
    2. Choose one of the following four courses: 
      The chosen course must not be in the student's major department.
      ANTH 110-Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
      GEOG 110-World Regional Geography (3)
      HIST 126-Western Civilization Since 1648 (3)
      POLS 267-Comparative Politics (3)
  2. Language Component:  0–6 s.h.
    Some, but not all, of the areas of study require a foreign language. Language study is encouraged but not required for the others. This requirement can be satisfied in whole or part by proficiency credit. The areas which involve language requirements are:
    Latin America (6 hours Spanish)
    Eastern Europe (6 hours German)
    Western Europe (6 hours French or 6 hours German or 6 hours Spanish)
  3. Area Studies:  6–12 s.h. 
    This requirement is for 6 or 12 s.h. depending on whether a language is required for the student's area of study (see 2 above). If a language is required in 2, only 6 s.h. are required here. If no language is required in 2, 12 s.h. are required. Note that courses in a nonrequired but appropriate language (e.g., Japanese for a student in Asian studies) can satisfy part of this requirement. Courses must be in a minimum of two departments. The elective courses from which the student must elect 6 or 12 s.h., as appropriate, are listed below by area.
    1. African Studies
      AAS 381-Modern African Literature (3)
      AAS 286-Civilizations of Africa II (3)
      ANTH 201-World Culture Regions-Africa (3)
      ECON 420-Economic Development (3)
      ECON 470-International Trade (3)
      GEOG 466-World Regions-Africa (3)
      HIST 349-Africa since 1800 (3)
      INAG 310-International Agriculture in Developing Countries (3)
      POLS 327-Political Systems of Africa (3)
    2. Asian Studies
      ANTH 201-World Culture Regions-Asia (3)
      ECON 420-Economic Development (3)
      ECON 470-International Trade (3)
      F L 151/152-Self Instruction in an Asian Language (1-6)
      GEOG 466 (G) -World Regions-Monsoon Asia (3)
      HIST 345-China (3)
      HIST 346-Japan (3)
      INAG 310-International Agriculture in Developing Countries (3)
      REL 350-Hinduism (3)
      REL 355-Buddhism (3)
    3. Latin American Studies
      ANTH 201-World Culture Regions-Latin America (3)
      ECON 420-Economic Development (3)
      ECON 470-International Trade (3)
      GEOG 466-World Regions-Latin America (3)
      HIST 341-Latin America since 1860 (3)
      INAG 310-International Agriculture in Developing Countries (3)
      POLS 329-Political Systems in Latin America (3)
      SPAN 456-Masterpieces of Spanish American Literature (3)
      SPAN 457-Contemporary Spanish American Prose (3)
    4. Middle Eastern Studies
      ANTH 201-World Culture Regions-Middle East (3)
      ECON 420-Economic Development (3)
      ECON 470-International Trade (3)
      HIST 344-Modern Middle East (3)
      INAG 310-International Agriculture in Developing Countries (3)
      REL 365-Islam (3)
    5. Russian and East European Studies
      ARTH 489-Early Christian and Byzantine Art (3)
      ECON 470-International Trade (3)
      GEOG 466-World Regions-USSR (3)
      HIST 399-Imperial Russia (3)
      HIST 400-Soviet Union, 1917-1991 (3)
    6. Western European Studies
      ARTH 283-History of Art: Renaissance to 1900 (3)
      ENG 228-Introduction to British Literature II (3)
      FR 404-French Civilization and Culture I (3)
      FR 405-French Civilization and Culture II (3)
      HIST 338-Germany (3)
      HIST 427-French Revolution and Napoleon (3)
      HIST 429-20th Century Europe (3)
      HIST 438-Germany, 1918–1949: From Defeat to Division (3)
      MKTG 317-International Business (3)
      PHIL 300-History of Ancient Philosophy (3)
      PHIL 310-History of Modern Philosophy (3)
      POLS 322-Political Systems of Western Europe (3)
      SPAN 408-Spanish Civilization and Culture (3)
      THEA 390-World Theatre History I (4)
      THEA 391-World Theatre History II (4)

Interdisciplinary Minor in Law and Society:  18 s.h.

Academic Adviser: Dr. Richard Hardy, Department of Political Science

  1. Required Courses:  3 s.h. 
    POLS 226-Introduction to Law and Society (3) 
    PHIL 205-Philosophy, Law and Society (3)
  2. Electives:  15 s.h. 
    Courses must be selected from the following list. They must be drawn from three different departments, not including the student’s major. Student may count PHIL 205 as a directed elective only if student has taken POLS 226.
    A&S 230-Special Topics in Law and Society (1–3)
    AAS 270-Blacks and the Law (3)
    HIST 303-American Legal History (3)
    JOUR 417-Law of Mass Communications (3)
    LEJA 212-Criminal Law  (3)
    LEJA 312-Criminal Procedure (3)
    LEJA 441-Seminar on Current Issues in the Court System (3)
    PHIL 205-Philosophy, Law and Society (3)
    PHIL 330-Moral Philosophy (3)
    PHIL 420-Philosophy of Law (3)
    POLS 319-The Judiciary (3)
    POLS 382-Modern Political Theory (3)
    POLS 410-Constitutional Law: Government Organization and Powers (3)
    POLS 411-Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights (3)
    POLS 448-The Supreme Court
    PSY 453-Psychology and the Law (3)
    SOC 355-Criminology (3)
    SOC 463-Sociolog of Law (3)

Interdisciplinary Minor in Survey Research Methods:  18-19 s.h.

  Academic Adviser: Dr. David Rohall, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

  1. Survey Research Methods:  3 s.h.
    POLS/SOC 432-Survey Research (3)
  2. Statistics:  3-4 s.h.
    Choose one of the following:
    DS 203-Business Statistics for Managerial Decision Making (3)
    PSY 223-Research in Psychology I: Statistical Methods and Design (4)
    SOC 232-Social Research Methods I (3)
    STAT 171-General Elementary Statistics (3)
  3. Research Methods:  3 s.h.
    Choose one of the following:
    AAS 451-Research Methods in African American Studies (3)
    MKTG 329-Marketing Research (3)
    POLS 284-Political Research and Analysis (3)
    PSY 323-Research in Psychology II: Research Methodology (3)
    SOC 332-Social Research Methods II (3)
  4. Practicum/Capstone Course:  3 s.h.
    Choose one of the following:
    AAS 479-Practicum in Survey Research Methods (3)
    MKTG 479-Marketing Practicum in Survey Research Methods (3)
    POLS 479-Practicum in Survey Research Methods (3)
    PSY 479-Practicum in Survey Research Methods (3)
    SOC 479-Practicum in Survey Research Methods (3)
  5. Directed Electives:  6 s.h.
    Students must take 6 s.h. from the following list. (No more than 3 s.h. may be taken in any one department.)
    AAS 363-Introduction to Field Work (3)
    AAS 490-Independent Study (3)
    MKTG 327-Marketing Principles (3)
    MKTG 333-Consumer Behavior (3)
    POLS 308-Political Psychology (3)
    POLS 350-Political Campaigns and Elections (3)
    POLS 352-Votinig Behavior and Public Opinion (3)
    POLS 401-Independent Study (3)
    PSY 460-Individual Research in Psychology (3)
    SOC 433-Individual Investigations in Sociology (3)
    STAT 276-Introduction to Probability & Statistics (3)
    STAT 376-Methods of Statistics (3)
    STAT 476-Surveys and Sampling Methods (3)


The College of Arts and Sciences offers Interdisciplinary Studies Courses which involve the consideration of significant concepts and topics that cross the lines of a single department. Several of these courses, such as those dealing with themes in law and society, are primarily designed to serve the needs of students enrolled in interdisciplinary minors. Although not specifically designed for this purpose, Interdisciplinary Studies Courses can be useful for career preparation in some areas.

Course Descriptions


195  Introduction to Liberal Arts and Sciences. (3)  A comparative introduction to the major areas of the liberal arts and sciences. Students will learn how each area evolved and how each approaches problems and controversies. The course may take its particular focus each year from the university theme.

210  Group Diversity. (3)  (General Education/Multicultural Studies)  Study of cultural identities, values, and interaction of diverse groups. Among the concepts explored will be race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, ableism, and age.

298  Individual Studies. (1–3)  Special projects in interdisciplinary studies carried out under the supervision of a faculty member.

495  Liberal Arts and Sciences Senior Capstone. (3)  Capstone course for the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree. Students will study examples of scholarship from a multidisciplinary perspective, research and present an interdisciplinary solution to a significant problem, and prepare a self-reflective academic personal narrative. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisites: A&S 195, ENG 280, and senior standing, or permission of instructor.

498  Individual Studies. (1–3)  Special projects in interdisciplinary studies carried out under the supervision of a faculty member.


201  Introduction to Environmental Studies. (3)  Dimensions and scope of environmental studies, includes relationship of humans to nature, ecosystems, earth resources, population, environmental economics, politics, health, and biodiversity.

401  Colloquium on Environmental Studies. (3)  The capstone course in the Environmental Studies minor. Variable topics on such issues as population growth, terrestrial resources, environmental ethics, global warming, politics and economics of environment, environmental regulations, agriculture-world food resources will be examined. Students will complete a research project. Prerequisites: ENVR 201 and completion of all elective requirements for one of the two emphases of the Environmental Studies minor.