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Interdisciplinary Studies Programs Information

Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies M.D. Stevenson (History/Interdisciplinary Studies),
   
Professors:
S.S. Islam (Political Science/Interdisciplinary Studies)
 Associate Professors: A. den Otter (English/Interdisciplinary Studies),
  L.W. Fiddick (Psychology/Interdisciplinary Studies),
  V.G. Hebert (History/Interdisciplinary Studies),
  J. Jarman (Sociology/Interdisciplinary Studies),
  S. Jeppesen,
  C. Lousley (English/Interdisciplinary Studies),
  M.D. Stevenson (History/Interdisciplinary Studies),
  D. West (Political Science/Interdisciplinary Studies)
Assistant Professors: R. McVeigh
   B. Visser
 Contract Lecturers: L. Clement,
  R. Horne,
  T.Kondzielewski
  L. Rodenberg,
  T. Stubbs,
  K. Willison,

 

How do we prepare for a future that we can't see? How do we prepare for careers that don't yet have a name? How do we acquire the knowledge, judgement and skills that will be required of us over the full span of our lives? The answer: a multidisciplinary education.

The idea of a multidisciplinary, or liberal arts and sciences, education began in the middle ages with the identification of skills that the informed citizen would need; the "trivium" (skills in grammar, rhetoric and logic) and the "quadrivium" (in those days identified as arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music). Today these subjects, and the arts and sciences that have branched from them over the past 800 years, form the core of the faculties identified as the social sciences and humanities, and the sciences and environmental studies.

Many students today are interested in a variety of disciplines for their undergraduate study, especially those who plan to go on to postgraduate professional training in areas such as law, teaching, business and the health professions. The Honours Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (Interdisciplinary Studies Major) allows students to identify two specializations from Social Sciences and Humanities and/or Science and Environmental Studies disciplines, along with interdisciplinary Inquiry courses and a wide range of electives so as to obtain significant grounding in both arts and sciences. Alternatively, students may choose a major in Anthropology, Criminology, English, Environmental Sustainability, Geography, or Media Studies, with electives providing interdisciplinary perspectives and well-rounded arts and science coverage. Students will also be able to sample up to two courses from the various professional faculties.

The breadth of a liberal arts and sciences education is an asset for any number of careers, but it is particularly valuable for those who plan to become teachers. The two concurrent degrees, the HBASc/BEd and the BASc/BEd are designed for those wishing to become Primary-Junior teachers, since they include a wide range of subjects and subject matter that will give an excellent foundation for primary education. Careful course selection will enable students, upon completion of this degree, to pursue the additional qualifications necessary to teach at other levels of intermediate and secondary education.

These programs are ideal for students who have broad career interests and aptitudes. The flexible structure of the degrees allows easy selection of pre-professional program requirements, along with subjects that are of greatest personal interest, while providing an excellent, flexible, interdisciplinary honours degree.

Information about Areas:

The Honours Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree, the Honours Bachelor of Arts and Sciences/Bachelor of Education P/J, and the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences/Bachelor of Education P/J provide students with the option of focusing their studies in various ways within Areas I and II and Types A, B, C, and D.

The following Interdisciplinary Studies programs are offered:

Each program is marked with a TB, O or W designation to distinguish where each program is available.
(TB = Thunder Bay campus, O = Orillia campus, W = online)

Honours BASc (Interdisciplinary Studies Major) (O)
Honours BASc (Interdisciplinary Studies Major) College Pathways Program (O)
Honours BASc (Interdisciplinary Studies Major with Concentration in Human Nature) (O)
Honours BASc (Interdisciplinary Studies Major with Concentration in International Conflict and Human Rights) (O)
Honours BASc (Interdisciplinary Studies Major with Concentration in Social Justice) (O)
BASc (Interdisciplinary Studies Major) 4 Yr (O)
BASc (Interdisciplinary Studies Major) (O)
BASc (Interdisciplinary Studies Major) College Pathways Program (O)
Honours BASc, BEd (Interdisciplinary Studies) P/J(O)
Honours BASc, BEd (Interdisciplinary Studies Major with Concentration in Human Nature) P/J (O)
Honours BASc, BEd (Interdisciplinary Studies Major with Concentration in International Conflict and Human Rights) P/J (O)
Honours BASc, BEd (Interdisciplinary Studies Major with Concentration in Social Justice) P/J (O)
BASc, BEd (Interdisciplinary Studies) P/J(O)