Interdisciplinary Studies

Program Structure

Interdisciplinary Major

An Interdisciplinary Major is a course of study which consists of 36 credit hours of course work beyond the 1000 level cutting across disciplinary lines but related by a clear theme or unifying principle. Students who plan to graduate with an interdisciplinary Major degree must meet with the Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Majors and Honours to identify learning goals and then compose a preliminary course of study with which to approach a potential Programme Director. With their Programme Directors, students will refine their course of study—their programme—in a written proposal. The proposal must indicate:

  1. the professor who has agreed to serve as Programme Director,
  2. two additional professors who have agreed to serve with the Programme Director on an advisory committee, and
  3. the proposed programme, identified by course numbers and titles.

Final approval of each proposed programme will rest with the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee. Normally, approval of the programme will be sought by the end of the student's second year. Exceptionally, proposals may be entertained as late as the end of the third year. The Coordinator with the Programme Director will monitor the student’s interdisciplinary course of study at regular intervals during the third and fourth years. Accordingly, the Coordinator will present a written report on the student's progress to the Dean of Faculty and the Registrar at the end of the student's third year and at the end of the first and second semesters of the last year.

The decision to award an Interdisciplinary Major degree will be made by recommendation of the student's advisory committee.

Interdisciplinary Honours

Interdisciplinary Honours is a programme consisting of a 57 credit hour course of study, as follows:

  1. 48 credit hours of course work beyond the 1000 level cutting across disciplinary lines but related by a clear theme or unifying principle, and of which 6 credit hours must be in theory or methods;
  2. completion of a 3 credit hour Honours thesis seminar or workshop; and
  3. successful completion of a 6 credit hour interdisciplinary Honours thesis.

Students who plan to graduate with an Interdisciplinary Honours degree must meet with the Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Majors and Honours to identify learning goals and then compose a preliminary course of study with which to approach a potential Programme Director. With their Programme Directors, students will refine their course of study—their programme—in a written proposal.

The proposal must indicate:

  1. the professor who has agreed to serve as Programme Director,
  2. two additional professors who have agreed to serve with the Programme Director on an advisory and thesis evaluation committee, and
  3. the proposed programme identified by course numbers and titles.

Final approval of each proposed programme will rest with the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee. Normally, approval of the programme will be sought by the end of the student’s second year. Exceptionally, proposals may be entertained as late as the beginning of the Spring Registration prior to the beginning of the student's final year of study. Applications will not be considered after the beginning of the student's final year of study. The thesis will be consistent with the approved aims of the student's programme, and it will be supervised by the Programme Director. The thesis will require the approval of the student’s thesis evaluation committee made up of the Programme Director and at least two additional professors chosen by the student and the Programme Director. A minimum grade of B must be attained for the thesis to count as an Honours credit.

The Coordinator with the Programme Director and the student's advisory and thesis evaluation committee will monitor a student’s interdisciplinary Honours course of study at regular intervals during the third and fourth years. Accordingly, the Coordinator will report in writing present a written report on the student’s progress to the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee at the end of the student’s third year and at the end of the first and second semesters of the last year.

The decision to award an Interdisciplinary Honours degree will be made by recommendation of the student's advisory and thesis evaluation committee.

Interdisciplinary Minor

An interdisciplinary Minor is a pre-approved course of study which consists of 18 credit hours of course work beyond the 1000 level cutting across disciplinary lines but related by a clear theme or unifying principle. Approved combinations of courses follow:

Business Studies

A minor in Business Studies consists of 18 credit hours in Business courses including:

Introduction to Business (BUSI 2013) 3 credit hours
Introduction to Economics (ECON 1013 and 1023) 6 credit hours in total (3 credit hours per course)

9 credit hours chosen from:

BUSI 2023 Introduction to Financial Accounting
BUSI 3013 Personal Financial Planning
BUSI 3023 Nonprofit Management
BUSI 3033 Labour Relations and Collective Bargaining (cross-listed as ECON 3033)
BUSI 3513 Introduction to Industrial and Organization Psychology (cross-listed as PSYC 3533)

Or from any of the UNB courses listed under “Major in Economics with a Business Option” in the Department of Economics section of the Academic Calendar.

Ethics

18 credit hours including courses from at least two disciplines, drawn from the following list:
HMRT 3033 Philosophy of Human Rights
PHIL 2213 Introduction to Moral Philosophy
PHIL 2233 Contemporary Moral Philosophy
PHIIL 2243 Current Issue in Ethics
RELG 2513 Foundation of Christian Ethics
RELG 3573 Religion and Social Ethics
RELG 3593 Moral Development
RELG 3513 Bioethics
RELG 3583 Media Ethics

Film Studies

18 credit hours, drawing on at least two different disciplines, from the following list:
ENGL 2723 Fiction, Drama, and Film: A Study of Narrative I
ENGL 2733 Fiction, Drama, and Film: A Study of Narrative II
ENGL 3213 Art Cinema
ENGL 3223 Auteur Cinema
ENGL 3483 Irish Film I
IRSH 3693/ENGL 3473 Irish Film II
GERO 3093 Images of Aging in Film
HIST 3783 Film and History

Irish Studies

18 credit hours including courses from at least two disciplines, drawn from the following list:
IRSH 2006 Introduction to Irish Studies
IRSH 2113 Visualizing Irish Culture through the Arts
IRSH 2173 Irish Language 1
IRSH 2183 Irish Language 2
IRSH 2193 Themes in the Cultural History of Ireland
IRSH 3213 Lines of Vision - Landscape, Art and Irish Writing
ENGL 2463 Irish Literature
ENGL 3423 Modern Irish Drama
ENGL 3483 Irish Film 1
ENGL 3473 Irish Film 2

Latin American Studies

18 credit hours, drawing on at least two different disciplines, from the following list:
ECON 3333 Perspectives on Underdevelopment
HIST 2613 Latin America: Colonial Period
HIST 2623 Latin America: Modern Period
HIST 3613 Gender and Power in Latin American History
HIST 4606 20th Century Latin America
SPAN 4213 Mexico Online! I
SPAN 4223 Mexico Online! II
SPAN 4813 Spanish-American Literature: Colonial to Modern
SPAN 4823 Spanish-American Literature: Modernism to Present

Medieval Studies

18 credit hours, drawing on at least two different disciplines from the following list:
ENGL 2643 Medieval Drama
ENGL 3306 Middle English Literature
ENGL 3396 Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Language and Literature
HIST 3213 The Early Church
HIST 3223 The Medieval Church
HIST 3543 Religion and the Church in Early Russia
HIST 4206 Medieval Institutions
PHIL 2133 Medieval Christian Philosophy I
PHIL 2143 Medieval Christian Philosophy II
PHIL 3523 St. Thomas: Knowledge, Being and Human Being
PHIL 3533 St. Thomas: Law, Morality and Society