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.

Program Location: Macomb
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 (4)
      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 Writing Studies (3)
      HIST 316—American Environmental History (3)
      HIST 420—Capstone Seminar: Illinois 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)
      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 Event Planning and Management: 23–24 s.h.

Program Locations: Macomb, Quad Cities
Academic Advisors: Ms. Keri Allison (RPTA) and Ms. Cheryl Hutchins (DFMH)

  1. Core Courses: 5 s.h.
    HM 151—Principles of Food Safety, Security and Food Sanitation in Hospitality Operations (2)
    RPTA 467—Event Planning and Management (3)
  2. Directed Electives: 12–13 s.h.
    Choose 12–13 s.h. from the following:
    HM 253—Systems Procurement (2)
    HM 255—Front Office Management (3)
    HM 256—Bar and Beverage Management (3)
    HM 354—Hospitality Promotions (3)
    HM 356—Catering (2)
    HM 358—Hospitality Management Travel Studies (1, repeatable to 2)
    HM 359—Legal Aspects in Hospitality Management (3)
    HM 452—Wines of the World (2)
    HM/RPTA 455—Casino Operations (3)
    RPTA 230—Leadership in Leisure Services (3)
    RPTA 235—Programming Principles & Applications in Leisure Services (3)
    RPTA 366—Commercial Recreation (3)
    RPTA 424—Fund Raising and Volunteerism in Leisure Services (3)
    RPTA 450—Traveling Workshop: Tourism and Event Marketing (1–2)
    RPTA 460—Sustainable Tourism Development (3)
    RPTA 461—Conference and Convention Planning and Management (3)
    RPTA 465—Tourism Destination Promotion (3)
    RPTA 466—Resort Management (3)
  3. Other: 6 s.h.
    Choose 6 s.h. from the following:
    ARTS 246—Digital Art Photography I (3)
    BCOM 320—Business Communications (3)
    COMM 343—Organizational Communication (3)
    GCOM 112—Introduction to Graphic Communication (3)
    GCOM 117—Introduction to Electronic Publishing (3)
    GCOM 417—Advanced Electronic Publishing (3)
    HRM 353—Human Resource Management (3)
    JOUR 329—Fundamentals of Public Relations (3)
    JOUR 340—Public Relations Writing: Techniques and Style (3)
    JOUR 343—Creative Strategy in Advertising (3)
    JOUR 344—Advertising Media Planning (3)
    MGT 349—Principles of Management (3)
    MGT 481—Management and Society: Ethics and Social Responsibility (3)
    MKTG 327—Marketing Principles (3)
    MKTG 331—Promotional Concepts (3)
    MKTG 337—Services and Product Marketing (3)
    MKTG 371—Internet Marketing (3)
    MKTG 411—Mobile Marketing (3)
    MKTG 417—International Marketing (3)
    MKTG 432—Advertising and Promotional Campaigns (3)
    MKTG 441—Customer Relationship Management (3)
    THEA 321—Stage Management (3)
    THEA 345—Lighting Design I (3)
    THEA 451—Decor (4)
Interdisciplinary Minor in Gerontology: 18 s.h.

Program Location: Macomb
Academic Advisor: Dr. Robert C. Intrieri, Department of Psychology

  1. Core Courses: 12 s.h.
    GERO 200—Introduction to Gerontology (3)
    PSY 423—Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (3)
    PSY 487—Field Experience (1)
    PSY 490—Seminar (2)
    SOC 405—Sociology of Aging in Rural and Urban America (3)
  2. Electives: 6 s.h.
    Select 6 s.h. from the following courses*:
    HS 410—Human Diseases (3)
    HS 412—Public Health Administration (3)
    HSM 314—Health Care Management (3)
    HSM 315—Long Term Care Management (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 Older Adults (3)
    SW 332—Social Work with Aging Persons (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.

Program Location: Macomb
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 487—Site Planning in Recreation and Parks (3)
    3. Plant Science
      AGRN 278—Fundamentals of Soil Science (4)
      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.

Program Location: Macomb
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 116—World History since 1500 (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/POLS 327—African Politics (3)
        AAS/GEOG 466—World Regions—Africa (3)
        AAS/HIST 349—Africa since 1800 (3)
        AAS 381—Modern African Literature (3)
        ANTH 201—World Culture Regions—Africa (3)
        ECON 420—Economic Development (3)
        ECON 470—International Trade (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—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—Latin American Politics (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)
        GER 406—German Civilization and Culture (3)
        HIST 328—Europe, 1914–1968 (3)
        HIST 338—Germany (3)
        HIST 427—French Revolution and Napoleon (3)
        HIST 438—Hitler’s Germany, 1919 to 1949 (3)
        MKTG 317—International Business (3)
        PHIL 300—History of Ancient Philosophy (3)
        PHIL 310—History of Modern Philosophy (3)
        POLS 322—European Politics (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.

    Program Location: Macomb
    Academic Advisor: Dr. Keith Boeckelman, 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.

    Program Locations: Macomb, Quad Cities
    Academic Advisor: Ms. Jennie Hemingway, 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. 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 424—Fund Raising and Volunteerism in Leisure Services (3)
        2. One of the following: 3 s.h.
          COMM 343—Organizational Communication (3)
          JOUR 329—Fundamentals of Public Relations (3)
          MGT 472—Entrepreneurship : Innovation and Creativity (3)
          MKTG 327—Marketing Principles (3)
        3. One of the following: 3 s.h.
          AAS 100—Survey of African American Studies I (3)
          LAS 210—Group Diversity (3)
          SOC 300—Minority Peoples (3)
          SOC 360—Gender and Society (3)
        4. One of the following: 3 s.h.
          HS 400—Grant Writing (3)
          MGT 349—Principles of Management (3)
          RPTA 322—Administration of Leisure Services I (3)
          RPTA 323—Administration of Leisure Services II (3)
        5. One of the following: 3 s.h.
          RPTA 235—Programming Principles and Applications in Leisure Services (3)
          RPTA 428—Youth and Leisure Services (3)
          RPTA 430—Principles of Recreational Sports (3)
          RPTA 467—Event Planning and Management (3)
    Interdisciplinary Minor in Queer Studies: 16 s.h.

    Program Locations: Macomb
    Academic Advisor: Dr. Merrill Cole, Department of English

        1. Required Courses: 7 s.h.
          QS 100—Introduction to Queer Studies (3)
          QS 400—Capstone in Queer Studies (4)
        2. Three of the following: 9 s.h.
          ENG 359—LGBT Topics in Literature (3)
          F L/GER 480—Sexuality in German and Austrian Literature (3)
          PSY 355—Psychology of Sexual Orientation (3)
          SOC 427—Sociology of Sexual Identities and Inequalities (3)
          WS 455—Feminist Theory & Practice (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


    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.