Undergraduate Catalog

Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree

Director: Dr. Amy Patrick Mossman
Office: Tillman Hall 301B
Telephone: (309) 298-3025
E-mail: AP-Mossman@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/las

Program Offering and Locations:

  • Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Macomb, Quad Cities

Academic Advisor, Macomb: Ellen Poulter
Academic Advisor, Quad Cities: Kenneth W. Wheeler II

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a multidisciplinary degree that embodies the spirit of a liberal arts education, emphasizing comparative critical thinking, communication, and a broad range of methodologies and applied skills. As is true of many degree programs in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, students pursuing a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences are not specifically trained for a particular vocation or career path. Instead, graduates of the program bring the integration of multiple disciplinary perspectives, combined with critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills, to a variety of careers that value adaptability, flexibility, and innovation. Rather than training for a specific career, this degree offers a comprehensive and rigorous intellectual foundation for a lifetime of learning, preparing individuals to adapt to many different academic, personal, and professional paths.

In addition to the introductory and capstone courses, the degree consists of four possible emphases. The first emphasis, Multidisciplinary Studies, offers students the opportunity to study across the arts and sciences. The second emphasis, Environmental Studies, allows students to choose from among approved courses with an environmental focus. The third emphasis, Paired Minors, requires students to complete two approved minors as their multidisciplinary major. The fourth emphasis, Peace Corps, allows students to choose from among approved courses with a focus on community development and international service. All emphases offer students the opportunity to complete an internship as part of the major.

GradTrac is available to Liberal Arts and Science majors. See more information about GradTrac.

Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree Program—An integrated baccalaureate and master’s degree program is available for the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences. An integrated degree program provides the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates to earn both degrees in five years. Please refer to the Graduate Studies catalog for details about the integrated program.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences

All students seeking the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences must complete I, II, III, IV, and V below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education and College of Arts and Sciences Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements : 57 s.h.
  2. Core Courses: 6 s.h.
    LAS 195—Introduction to Liberal Arts and Sciences (3 s.h.)
    LAS 495—Liberal Arts and Sciences Senior Capstone (3 s.h.)†
  3. Directed Electives: at least 33 s.h.
    (Select one of the following emphases; at least 18 s.h. must be at the 300 or 400 level; no more than two courses can count in both the major and General Education; no more than 6 s.h. of independent study, directed readings, or internship can count toward the major without LAS director approval.)
    1. Multidisciplinary Studies Emphasis
      (Select at least 33 s.h. from at least three different prefixes with no more than 12 s.h. from any one prefix.)
      1. Select at least 6 s.h. at the 100 or 200 level from any of the following prefixes: AAS, ANTH, BIOL, BOT, CHEM, CHIN, ENVR, ECON, ENG, F L, FR, GEOG, GEOL, GER, GERO, HIST, JPN, LAS, MATH, MICR, PHIL, POLS, PHYS, PSY, REL, SOC, SPAN, STAT, WS, ZOOL
      2. Select at least 18 s.h. from a combination of at least two of the following categories:
        1. Humanities
          Select at least 6 s.h. at the 300 or 400 level from any of the following prefixes: ENG, F L, FR, GER, HIST, PHIL, REL, SPAN
        2. Natural Sciences/Mathematics
          Select at least 6 s.h. at the 300 or 400 level from any of the following prefixes: BIOL, BOT, CHEM, ENVR, GEOL, MATH, MICR, PHYS, STAT, ZOOL
        3. Social Sciences
          Select at least 6 s.h. at the 300 or 400 level from any of the following prefixes: AAS, ANTH, ECON, GEOG, GERO, POLS, PSY, SOC, WS
      3. Select one of the following methods courses:
        • AAS 451—Research Methods in African American Studies (3 s.h.)†
        • ANTH 305—Applied Anthropological Methods (3 s.h.)
        • ANTH 310—Methods in Physical Anthropology (3 s.h.)
        • BIOL 451—Ecological Techniques (3 s.h.)
        • BIOL 452—Biological Applications of GIS (3 s.h.)
        • BOT 410—Plant Systematics (3 s.h.)
        • ENG 299—Critical Methods of Reading and Writing (3 s.h.)
        • ENG 380—Introduction to Professional Writing (3 s.h.)†
        • ENG 381—Technical Communication (3 s.h.)†
        • F L 350—Introduction to Contemporary Critical Theory (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 301—Introduction to Quantitative Geography (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 308—Introduction to GIS (3 s.h.)
        • GEOL 310—Geologic Field Methods (2 s.h.)
        • POLS 284—Political Research and Analysis (3 s.h.)
        • POLS 306—Politics and Game Theory (3 s.h.)
        • POLS/SOC 432—Survey Research (3 s.h.)
        • PSY 223—Research in Psychology I: Statistical Methods and Design (4 s.h.)
        • PSY 323—Research in Psychology II: Research Methodology (3 s.h.)†
        • SOC 323—Social Research Methods I (3 s.h.)†
        • SOC 324—Social Research Methods II (3 s.h.)
        • STAT 376—Methods of Statistics (3 s.h.)
        • STAT 476—Surveys and Sampling Methods (3 s.h.)
      4. Select one additional Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) course from the following:
        • AAS 451—Research Methods in African American Studies (3 s.h.)†
        • ENG 380—Introduction to Professional Writing (3 s.h.)†
        • ENG 381—Technical Communication (3 s.h.)†
        • FR 326—French Composition (3 s.h.)†
        • GER 326—German Composition (3 s.h.)†
        • PHIL 312—Philosophical Writing (1 s.h.)**†
        • PSY 323—Research in Psychology II: Research Methodology (3 s.h.)†
        • REL 312—Writing in Religious Studies (1 s.h.)**†
        • SOC 323—Social Research Methods I (3 s.h.)†
        • SPAN 326—Spanish Composition (3 s.h.)†
        • WS 455—Feminist Theory and Practice (3 s.h.)†
        • Or other appropriate WID course in consultation with LAS program director
        **Requires corequisite
    2. Environmental Studies Emphasis
      (No more than 12 s.h. under the same prefix can count toward the major.)
      1. ENVR 201—Introduction to Environmental Studies (3 s.h.)
        ENVR 401—Colloquium on Environmental Studies (3 s.h.)
      2. Select at least 6 s.h. from any of the following (these may be prerequisites for upper-division courses):
        • ANTH 110—Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 s.h.)
        • BOT 200—Introduction to Plant Biology (4 s.h.)
        • BOT 210—Local Flora (3 s.h.)
        • CHEM 101—General Chemistry I (4 s.h.)
        • CHEM 102—General Chemistry II (4 s.h.)
        • ECON 232—Principles of Microeconomics (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 100—Introduction to Human Geography (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 110—World Regional Geography (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 120—Introduction to Weather and Climate (4 s.h.)
        • GEOG 121—Planet Earth: Surface Processes and Interactions (4 s.h.)
        • GEOG 208—Cartographic Design for GIS (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 251—Principles of Urban and Regional Planning (3 s.h.)
        • GEOL 110—Introduction to the Earth (4 s.h.)
        • GEOL 112—History of the Earth (4 s.h.)
        • GEOL 113—Energy and Earth Resources (3 s.h.)
        • GEOL 115—Oceanography (3 s.h.)
        • HIST 105—American History to 1877 (3 s.h.)
        • HIST 106—American History since 1877 (3 s.h.)
        • MATH 123—Modeling with Mathematical Functions (3 s.h.)
        • MICR 200—Introductory Microbiology (4 s.h.)
        • PHYS 114—Applied Physics I (4 s.h.)
        • PHYS 115—Applied Physics II (4 s.h.)
        • PHYS 124—General Physics (5 s.h.)
        • PHYS 125—General Physics (5 s.h.)
        • PHYS 150—Energy and the Environment (4 s.h.)
        • POLS 122—American Government and Politics (3 s.h.)
        • SOC 100—Introduction to Sociology (3 s.h.)
        • STAT 171—General Elementary Statistics (3 s.h.)
        • ZOOL 200—Introduction to Animal Biology (4 s.h.)
      3. Select at least 18 s.h. from at least three different prefixes, including at least 1 course designated as methods:

        Methods Courses
        • ANTH 305—Advanced Anthropological Methods (3 s.h.)
        • BIOL 451—Ecological Techniques (3 s.h.)
        • BIOL 452—Biological Applications of GIS (3 s.h.)
        • BOT 410—Plant Systematics (3 s.h.)
        • CHEM 341—Analytical Techniques (3 s.h.)
        • ENG 380—Introduction to Professional Writing (3 s.h.)†
        • ENG 381—Technical Communication (3 s.h.)†
        • GEOG 308—Introduction to GIS (3 s.h.)
        • GEOL 310—Geologic Field Methods (2 s.h.)
        • SOC 324—Social Research Methods II (3 s.h.)
        • STAT 376—Methods of Statistics (3 s.h.)
        • STAT 476—Surveys and Sampling Methods (3 s.h.)

        Additional Directed Electives Courses
        • ANTH/WS 395—Gender, Race, and the Environment (3 s.h.)
        • ANTH 410—Anthrozoology (3 s.h.)
        • ANTH 415—Environmental Anthropology (3 s.h.)
        • ANTH/ZOOL 417—Primate Ecology, Behavior and Evolution (3 s.h.)
        • ANTH 420—Cultural Feast: The Anthropology of Food (3 s.h.)
        • ANTH 425—Culture and Catastrophe: The Anthropology of Disaster (3 s.h.)
        • ANTH/BOT 463—Ethnobotany (4 s.h.)
        • BIOL 330—Cell and Molecular Biology (4 s.h.)
        • BIOL 350—General Ecology (4 s.h.)
        • BIOL 425—Conservation Biology (3 s.h.)
        • BIOL/GEOG 426—Conservation and Management of Natural Resources (3 s.h.)
        • BIOL 453—Streams Ecology (3 s.h.)
        • BIOL 454—Mississippi River Ecology (3 s.h.)
        • BIOL 455—Mississippi River Ecology Laboratory (1 s.h.)
        • BIOL 456—Fire/Disturbance Ecology (3 s.h.)
        • BIOL 458—Plant-Animal Interactions (3 s.h.)
        • BIOL/GEOG 459—Biogeography (3 s.h.)
        • BIOL 479—Tropical Biodiversity (3)
        • BOT/MICR 423—Phycology (3 s.h.)
        • BOT/ZOOL 452—Freshwater Biology (3 s.h.)
        • CHEM 342—Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry (4 s.h.)
        • ECON/AGEC 430—Environmental Economics (3 s.h.)
        • ECON 465—Economics of Energy (3 s.h.)
        • ENG 340—American Nature Writing (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 327—Environmental Climatology (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 337—Understanding Climate Change (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 408—Environmental Geographic Information Science (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 430—Natural Hazards (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 445—Urban Geography (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 448—Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 457—Historic Preservation Planning (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 466—World Regions (cross-listed with AAS 466—Geography of Africa) (3 s.h.)
        • GEOL 375—Environmental Geology (3 s.h.)
        • GEOL 380—Hydrogeology (4 s.h.)
        • GEOL 450—Geology of National Parks and Monuments (1–2 s.h.)
        • HIST 300—Urban America (3 s.h.)
        • HIST 312—Technology, Culture, and Society (3 s.h.)
        • HIST 316—American Environmental History (3 s.h.)
        • HIST 421—Seminar in Global Environmental History (3 s.h.)
        • HIST 483—Topics in the History of Science and Technology (3 s.h.)
        • PHIL 333—Environmental Ethics (3 s.h.)
        • PHIL 415—Philosophy of Science (3 s.h.)
        • POLS 370—Urban Government and Politics (3 s.h.)
        • POLS 393—Environmental Politics (3 s.h.)
        • RPTA/ZOOL 485—Resource Management for Fly Fisheries (3 s.h.)
        • SOC 316—Collective Behavior and Social Movements (3 s.h.)
        • SOC 345—Rural Social Organizations (3 s.h.)
        • SOC 440—Global Sociology (3 s.h.)
        • SOC 471—Urban Sociology (3 s.h.)
        • ZOOL 408—Field Ornithology (3 s.h.)
        • ZOOL 409—Field Entomology (3 s.h.)
        • ZOOL 415—Invertebrate Zoology (3 s.h.)
        • ZOOL 416—Marine Mammalogy (3 s.h.)
        • Other courses may also be appropriate for this category; see LAS director for approval.
      4. Select one additional Writing in the Disciplines (WID) course from:
        • BIOL 340—Genetics and Evolutionary Biology (4 s.h.)†
        • BOT 451—Plant Ecology (3 s.h.)†
        • ENG 380—Introduction to Professional Writing (3 s.h.)†
        • ENG 381—Technical Communication (3 s.h.)†
        • HIST 420—Capstone Seminar: Illinois History (3 s.h.)†
        • MICR 451—Microbial Ecology (3 s.h.)†
        • PHIL 312—Philosophical Writing (1 s.h.)**†
        • SOC 323—Social Research Methods I (3 s.h.)†
        • ZOOL 451—Advanced Topics in Animal Ecology (3 s.h.)†
        • Other courses may also be appropriate for this category; see LAS director for approval.
        **Requires corequisite
    3. Paired Minors Emphasis
      (Choose two minors from different categories. No more than two courses or 6 s.h. may be shared across selected minors. One Writing Instruction in the Disciplines [WID] course [in addition to LAS 495] must be taken from either of the departments offering the selected minors, or ENG 380† or ENG 381†.)
      Categories:
      1. Humanities: Creative Writing; English; Film; French; German; History; Modern Global History; Philosophy; Professional Writing; Religious Studies; Spanish
      2. Natural Sciences/Mathematics: Botany; Chemistry; Forensic Chemistry; Forensic Science; Geology; Mathematics; Meteorology; Microbiology; Neuroscience; Physics; Zoology
      3. Social Sciences: Anthropology; Economics; Forensic Psychology; Geography; International Relations; Political Science; Psychology; Public Administration and Public Service; Sociology
      4. Interdisciplinary: African American Studies; Communication; Environmental Studies; Geographic Information Systems; Gerontology; Law and Society; International Studies; Women’s Studies
    4. Peace Corps Emphasis
      (No more than 12 s.h. under the same prefix can count toward the major. This emphasis is for students interested in a focus on community development and international service, with the possibility of joining the Peace Corps after completing the WIU Peace Corps Prep program through the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs. NOTE: Completion of the emphasis alone does not constitute completion of the WIU Peace Corps Prep program. For more information on PC prep, please visit wiu. edu/peace_corps/pc_prep or contact pcprep@wiu.edu).
      1. Select 9 s.h. from any of the following prefixes: AAS, ANTH, BIOL, BOT, CHEM, CHIN, ENVR, ECON, ENG, F L, FR, GEOG, GEOL, GER, GERO, HIST, JPN, LAS, MATH, MICR, PHIL, POLS, PHYS, PSY, REL, SOC, SPAN, STAT, WS, ZOOL
      2. Select 9 s.h. from one of the Peace Corps sectors listed below (for example, three courses from Community and Economic Development, or three courses from Environment, etc.):
        1. Community and Economic Development
          • ECON 100—Introduction to Economics (3 s.h.)
          • ECON 232—Principles of Microeconomics (3 s.h.)
          • ECON 330—Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (3 s.h.)
          • ECON 332—Managerial Economics (3 s.h.)
          • ECON 350—Economics of Poverty and Discrimination (3 s.h.)†
          • ECON 351—Global Economic Poverty Issues (3 s.h.)
          • ECON 420—Economic Development (3 s.h.)
          • ECON 460—Urban and Regional Economic Analysis (3 s.h.)
          • ECON 465—Economics of Energy (3 s.h.)
          • ECON 470—International Trade (3 s.h.)
          • POLS 334—Politics of the Global Economy (3 s.h.)
          • SOC 312—Community (3 s.h.)
          • SOC 335—Group Dynamics (3 s.h.)
          • SOC 345—Rural Social Organizations (3 s.h.)
        2. Environment
          • ANTH/WS 395—Gender, Race, and the Environment (3 s.h.)
          • ANTH 415—Environmental Anthropology (3 s.h.)
          • ANTH/BOT 463—Ethnobotany (4 s.h.)
          • BIOL 350—General Ecology (4 s.h.)
          • BIOL 425—Conservation Biology (3 s.h.)
          • BIOL/GEOG 426—Conservation and Management of Natural Resources (3 s.h.)
          • BIOL 451—Ecological Techniques (3 s.h.)
          • BIOL 456—Fire/Disturbance Ecology (3 s.h.)
          • BIOL 479—Tropical Biodiversity (3 s.h.)
          • BOT 451—Plant Ecology (3 s.h.)
          • CHEM 342—Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry (4 s.h.)
          • ENVR 201—Introduction to Environmental Studies (3 s.h.)
          • ENVR 401—Colloquium on Environmental Studies (3 s.h.)
          • GEOG 100—Introduction to Human Geography (3 s.h.)
          • GEOG 110—World Regional Geography (3 s.h.)
          • GEOG 121—Planet Earth: Surface Processes and Interactions (4 s.h.)
          • GEOG 327—Environmental Climatology (3 s.h.)
          • GEOG 337—Understanding Climate Change (3 s.h.)
          • GEOG 430—Natural Hazards (3 s.h.)
          • GEOG 466—World Regions (cross-listed with AAS 466—Geography of Africa) (3 s.h.)
          • GEOL 113—Energy and Earth’s Resources (3 s.h.)
          • GEOL 375—Environmental Geology (3 s.h.)
          • GEOL 380—Hydrogeology (4 s.h.)
          • MICR 400—Bacteriology (3 s.h.)
          • MICR 405—Virology (3 s.h.)
          • MICR 434—Immunology (3 s.h.)
          • MICR 460—Parasitology (3 s.h.)
          • MICR 463—Pathogenic Bacteriology (3 s.h.)
          • POLS 393—Environmental Politics (3 s.h.)
          • RPTA/ZOOL 485—Resource Management for Fly Fisheries (3 s.h.)
          • ZOOL 409—Field Entomology (3 s.h.)
          • ZOOL 414—Ichthyology (3 s.h.)
        3. Youth in Development
          • ANTH/PSY 353—Cultural Psychology (3 s.h.)
          • PSY 100—Introductory Psychology (3 s.h.)
          • PSY 250—Human Social Behavior (3 s.h.)
          • PSY 251—Personality and Adjustment (3 s.h.)
          • PSY 355—Psychology of Sexual Orientation (3 s.h.)
          • PSY 422—Adolescent Development (3 s.h.)
          • REL 101—Exploring Religion (3 s.h.)
          • SOC 312—Community (3 s.h.)
      3. Select 9 s.h., based on cultural sensitivity and agility, from the following:
        • AAS 100—Survey of African American Studies I (3 s.h.)
        • AAS 102—Survey of African American Studies II (3 s.h.)
        • AAS 283—African American Folklore (3 s.h.)
        • AAS/HIST 349—Africa since 1800 (3 s.h.)
        • AAS/SOC/WS 420—Race, Class, and Gender (3 s.h.)
        • ANTH 110—Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 s.h.)
        • ANTH 201—World Culture Regions (3 s.h.)
        • ANTH/WS 315—Gender and Anthropology (3 s.h.)
        • ANTH 324—Religion, Magic, and Shamanism (3 s.h.)
        • ANTH/PSY 353—Cultural Psychology (3 s.h.)
        • ANTH 380—Language and Culture (3 s.h.)
        • ANTH 404—Dynamics of Cultural Change (3 s.h.)
        • ENG 357—Nation and Literature (3 s.h.)
        • ENG/REL 492—Religion, Literature, and Film (3 s.h.)
        • F L 101—Introductory Seminar in World Languages and Cultures (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 110—World Regional Geography (3 s.h.)
        • GEOG 466—World Regions (cross-listed with AAS 466—Geog. of Africa) (3 s.h.)
        • HIST 245—History of Asia (3 s.h.)
        • HIST 307—U.S. Foreign Relations since 1898 (3 s.h.)
        • HIST/WS 318—Women and Gender in European History (3 s.h.)
        • HIST 341—Latin America since 1860 (3 s.h.)
        • HIST 344—Modern Middle East (3 s.h.)
        • LAS 210—Group Diversity (3 s.h.)
        • POLS 228—Fundamentals of International Relations (3 s.h.)
        • POLS 267—Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics (3 s.h.)
        • POLS 322—European Politics (3 s.h.)
        • POLS 329—Latin American Politics (3 s.h.)
        • POLS 331—United States Foreign Policy (3 s.h.)
        • POLS 334—Politics of the Global Economy (3 s.h.)
        • POLS 338—The United Nations and International Organization (3 s.h.)
        • POLS 350—Political Campaigns and Elections (3 s.h.)
        • POLS 353—Terrorism and Political Conflict (3 s.h.)
        • POLS 400—Comparative Public Policy (3 s.h.)
        • REL 111—Introduction to Western Religions (3 s.h.)
        • REL/WS 303—Women in Religion (3 s.h.)
        • REL/SOC 464—Sociology of Religion (3 s.h.)
        • SOC/WS 285—Women: A Global Perspective (3 s.h.)
        • SOC 300—Minority Peoples (3 s.h.)
        • SOC/WS 360—Gender and Society (3 s.h.)
        • SOC/WS 410—Women and Poverty (3 s.h.)
        • SOC/WS 430—Sociology of Women’s Health (3 s.h.)
        • SOC 440—Global Sociology (3 s.h.)
        • WS 190—Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 s.h.)
      4. Select one additional Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) course from the following:
        • AAS 451—Research Methods in African American Studies (3 s.h.)†
        • ENG 380—Introduction to Professional Writing (3 s.h.)†
        • ENG 381—Technical Communication (3 s.h.)†
        • FR 326—French Composition (3 s.h.)†
        • GER 326—German Composition (3 s.h.)†
        • PHIL 312—Philosophical Writing (1 s.h.)**†
        • PSY 323—Research in Psychology II: Research Methodology (3 s.h.)†
        • REL 312—Writing in Religious Studies (1 s.h.)**†
        • SOC 323—Social Research Methods I (3 s.h.)†
        • SPAN 326—Spanish Composition (3 s.h.)†
        • WS 455—Feminist Theory and Practice (3 s.h.)†
        • Or other appropriate WID course in consultation with LAS director.
        **Requires corequisite
      5. Complete LAS 496—Internship (3 s.h.)
  4. Minor: 16–24 s.h.
  5. Open Electives: 0–8 s.h.

#The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing one of the following: 1) an intermediate foreign language requirement; 2) a General Education global issues course; 3) any major’s discipline-specific global issues course; or 4) an approved Study Abroad program.

†LAS 495 and one other approved Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) course will fulfill the WID graduation requirement.

Course Descriptions

LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES (LAS)
Formerly Arts and Sciences (A&S)

195 (Formerly A&S 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 (Formerly A&S 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 (Formerly A&S 298) Individual Studies. (1–3) Special projects in Interdisciplinary Studies carried out under the supervision of a faculty member.

495 (Formerly A&S 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 Disciplines (WID) course. Prerequisites: LAS 195, ENG 280, senior standing, and permission of the director of the Liberal Arts and Sciences program.

496 Internship. (1–6, repeatable to 6) An internship provides LAS majors the opportunity to gain practical experience and apply their interdisciplinary skills and training through observation and interaction in a professional environment connected to their career interests. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: LAS major, junior or senior standing, and permission of the program director.

498 (Formerly A&S 498) Individual Studies. (1–3) Special projects in Interdisciplinary Studies carried out under the supervision of a faculty member.