2013-2014 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 advisor and the minor advisor listed below.

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

Academic Advisor: Ms. Jennifer Sandrik-Rubio, College of Arts and Sciences

  1. Core Requirements: 6 s.h.
    ENVR 201—Introduction to Environmental Studies (3)
    ENVR 401—Colloquium on Environmental Studies (3)
  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—Topics in Rhetoric and Composition (3)
      HIST 420—Capstone Seminar: Illinois History (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 Advisors: Dr. Richard Ness, Department of Broadcasting; Dr. Roberta Di Carmine, Department of English and Journalism Ms. Ellen Poulter, 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 Film and Cinema (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 Functional Morphology and Evolutionary Anatomy: 21–24 s.h.

Academic Advisor: Ms. Jennifer Sandrik-Rubio, College of Arts and Sciences

  1. Core Courses: 9 s.h.
    ANTH 111—Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology (3) or
    ANTH 310—Methods in Physical Anthropology (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) or
    ANTH 494—Internship (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 320—Vertebrate Embryology (3)
    ZOOL 330—Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
    ZOOL 331—Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
    ZOOL 410—Ornithology (3)
    ZOOL 412—Mammalogy (3)
    ZOOL 413—Herpetology (3)
    ZOOL 414—Ichthyology (3)
    ZOOL 416—Marine Mammalogy (3)
    ZOOL 451—Advanced Topics in Animal Ecology (3)
    ANTH 310—Methods in Physical Anthropology (3)
    ANTH 405—Forensic Anthropology (3)
    ANTH 415—Environmental Anthropology (3)
    ANTH/ZOOL 417—Primate Ecology, Behavior and Evolution (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 Advisor: Dr. Robert C. Intrieri, 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 Counseling (1–3)
    HS 410—Human Diseases (3)
    HS 412—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 and Target Populations (3)
    RPTA 251—Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation (3)
    RPTA 452—Leisure Services for the Elderly (3)
    SW 325—Social Welfare Policy (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 Advisor: 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 Science (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 485—Turf Management (3)
    2. Design and Construction
      RPTA 483—Landscape Construction (3)
      RPTA 487—Site Planning in Recreation and Parks (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 Forest Management (3)
      RPTA 489—Park Maintenance and Operations Management (3)
Interdisciplinary Minor in International Studies: 18 s.h.

Academic Advisor: 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—Introduction to Comparative Government and 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 non-required 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/HIST 349—Africa since 1800 (3)
      AAS/POLS 327—Political Systems of Africa (3)
      AAS 381—Modern African Literature (3)
      ANTH 201—World Culture Regions—Africa (3)
      ECON 420—Economic Development (3)
      ECON 470—International Trade (3)
      GEOG 466—World Regions—Africa (3)
      INAG 310—International Agriculture in Developing Countries (3)
    2. Asian Studies
      ANTH 201—World Culture Regions—Asia (3)
      ECON 420—Economic Development (3)
      ECON 470—International Trade (3)
      F L 151—Self Instruction I in an Asian Language (1–6)
      GEOG 466—World Regions—Monsoon Asia (3)
      HIST 345—China (3)
      HIST 346—Japan (3)
      INAG 310—International Agriculture in Developing Countries (3)
      REL 350—Hindusim (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 of 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, Byzantine, or Medieval Art (3)
      ECON 470—International Trade (3)
      GEOG 466—World Regions—Russia (3)
      HIST 399—Imperial Russia, 1689–1917 (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 (3)
      FR 404—French Civilization and Culture I (3)
      HIST 338—Germany (3)
      HIST 427—French Revolution and Napoleon (3)
      HIST 429—Europe, 1914–1968 (3)
      HIST 438—Hitler’s Germany, 1919–1949 (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 Europe (3)
      SPAN 408—Spanish Civilization and Culture (3)
      THEA 390—World Theatre History I (3)
      THEA 391—World Theatre History II (3)
Interdisciplinary Minor in Law and Society: 18 s.h.

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

  1. Required Courses: 3 s.h.
    POLS 226—Introduction to Law and Society (3) or
    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 the student has taken POLS 226.
    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 (3)
    PSY 453—Psychology and Law (3)
    SOC 355—Criminology (3)
    SOC 463—Sociology of Law (3)
Interdisciplinary Minor in Nonprofit Administration: 19 s.h.

Academic Advisor: 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 Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, a certification widely recognized by nonprofit organizations throughout the country. The following courses, or their equivalents, should be selected by consulting with the major advisor and the Nonprofit Administration advisor.

  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—Alliance Management/Leadership Institute (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.
    FCS 121—Introduction to Life Span Development (3)
    PSY 221—Psychology of Child Development (3)
    PSY 422—Adolescent Development (3)
    SOC 360—Gender and Society (3)
    SOC 425—Juvenile Delinquency (3)
    SPED 210—The Exceptional Learner (2)
  3. One of the following: 3 s.h.
    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)
  4. One of the following: 3 s.h.
    HS 400—Grant Writing (3)
    RPTA 424—Fund Raising 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)
    RPTA 322—Administration of Leisure Services I (3)
    RPTA 422—Advanced Administration of Leisure Services (3)
Interdisciplinary Minor in Survey Research Methods: 18–19 s.h.

Academic Advisor: 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—Introduction to Statistics for 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:
    MKTG 479—Marketing Practicum in Survey Research (3)
    POLS 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—Voting 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)

Interdisciplinary Studies Courses

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, senior standing, and permission of the director of the Liberal Arts and Sciences program.

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 or permission of instructor