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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary Studies is a multidisciplinary degree which allows students much flexibility in designing degree programs that relate to their personal academic and career goals. Students will complete the University Core Curriculum requirements and take a cohesive set of courses from three different disciplinary areas.

The Multidisciplinary Studies major permits an interdisciplinary approach to education allowing students the opportunity to acquire a well-rounded educational background and problem-solving skills. The objectives of the program are to develop students that have a solid foundation in the content material of three different disciplines and are skilled in communication, critical thinking and analysis, investigating and solving problems, managing tasks, and relating to others. The program allows students to develop academic themes or topics that fall outside the usual disciplinary boundaries. The degree program will provide a vehicle to achieve baccalaureate degrees for those students whose interests lie in multiple areas.

This degree program is meant to encourage and support creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and integrative learning. The multidisciplinary nature of the program is designed to develop students’ ability to combine different fields into a structured format. Since the program involves coursework from departments across the University, it offers students opportunities to capitalize upon diverse personal interests and talents through a combination of study and academic experiences appropriate to meet their educational and long-term career goals.

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree is 120, including Core Curriculum requirement hours. Thirty-nine of the 120 total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level. Students receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary Studies may not receive a double major or a minor.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary Studies must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. If courses are taken to satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3–5 of this catalog.

Degree Requirements (78 semester credit hours)

All candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary Studies must complete the following 78 semester credit hours.

  1. Multidisciplinary Studies Foundation Courses (6 semester credit hours):

    Technology Requirement. All candidates for the degree must take one of the following courses (3 semester credit hours):

    CS 1033   Microcomputer Applications
    IS 1403   Business Information Systems Fluency

    Communication Requirement. All candidates for this degree must complete one of the following courses (3 semester credit hours):

    COM 1043   Introduction to Communication
    COM 1053   Business and Professional Speech
    COM 2113   Public Speaking
    ENG 2413   Technical Writing


  2. Multidisciplinary Studies Fields of Study (48 semester credit hours):

    All candidates for the degree must select courses to satisfy the requirements of the following three focus areas based on three distinct disciplines:

    1. Focus Area One: 18 semester credit hours of courses within a single discipline with at least 12 hours at the upper-division level.


    2. Focus Area Two: 15 semester credit hours of courses within a single discipline with at least 9 hours at the upper-division level.


    3. Focus Area Three: 15 semester credit hours of courses within a single discipline with at least 9 hours at the upper-division level.
    Courses selected to satisfy a focus area must be approved by the Multidisciplinary Studies Program Coordinator and Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Furthermore, the courses used to satisfy each focus area must be completed with at least a 2.00 grade point average. At least one focus area must be selected from a discipline offered by the College of Liberal and Fine Arts or the College of Sciences. No more than one focus area can be selected from a discipline offered by the College of Business.


  3. Seminar for Multidisciplinary Studies. All candidates for this degree must complete the following course:

    MDS 4983   Senior Seminar for Multidisciplinary Studies.


  4. Free Electives (21 semester credit hours):

    All candidates for this degree must complete 21 semester hours of free electives, at least 6 of which must be at the upper-division level.

Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Multidisciplinary Studies degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the Office of Undergraduate Studies for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.


B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies – Four-Year Academic Plan

FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Spring
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053 (core) 3 CS 1033 or IS 1403 3
WRC 1013 (core) 3 HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053 (core) 3
Focus Area 1 lower-division course 3 WRC 1023 (core) 3
Mathematics core 3 Focus Area 2 lower-division course 3
Social & Behavioral Science core 3 Natural Sciences Level I core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Spring
COM 1043, 1053, 2113, or ENG 2413 3 POL 1133 or 1213 (core) 3
POL 1013 (core) 3 Focus Area 2 lower-division course 3
Focus Area 1 lower-division course 3 Focus Area 3 lower-division course 3
Focus Area 3 lower-division course 3 Literature core 3
Natural Sciences Level II core 3 Visual & Performing Arts core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Spring
ECO 2003, 2013, or 2023 (core) 3 Focus Area 1 upper-division course 3
Focus Area 1 upper-division course 3 Focus Area 2 upper-division course 3
Focus Area 2 upper-division course 3 Focus Area 3 upper-division course 3
Free elective 3 Free elective 3
World Society & Issues core 3 Free elective 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Spring
Focus Area 1 upper-division course 3 MDS 4983 3
Focus Area 2 upper-division course 3 Focus Area 1 upper-division course 3
Focus Area 3 upper-division course 3 Focus Area 3 upper-division course 3
Free elective 3 Free elective 3
Free elective (upper-division) 3 Free elective (upper-division) 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15

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