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Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies L.W. Fiddick (Psychology/Interdisciplinary Studies)
   
Professors:
S.S. Islam (Political Science/Interdisciplinary Studies),
  T. Kaiser (Anthropology/Interdisciplinary Studies)
Associate Professors: P.R. Carr (Sociology/Interdisciplinary Studies),
  C. Fogel,
  A. den Otter (English/Interdisciplinary Studies),
  L.W. Fiddick (Psychology/Interdisciplinary Studies),
  V.G. Hebert (History/Interdisciplinary Studies),
  N. Kanavillil (Biology/Interdisciplinary Studies),
  S.R. Kurissery (Biology/Interdisciplinary Studies),
  C. Lousley (English/Interdisciplinary Studies),
  I.F. Pendea,
  M.D. Stevenson (History/Interdisciplinary Studies),
  D. West (Political Science/Interdisciplinary Studies)
Assistant Professors: S. Jeppesen,
  T. Laredo (Chemistry/Interdisciplinary Studies),
  C. Murray,
  R.A. Turvey,
  M.G. Viola (Mathematical Sciences/Interdisciplinary Studies)
   
Contract Lecturers: D. Bonar,
  L. Clement,
  R. Horne,
  T.Kondzielewski (Psychology/Interdisciplinary Studies),
  L. Rodenberg,
  T. Stubbs,
  K. Willison,
  D. Wolfe

 

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.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

See Requirements for Admission to Undergraduate Degree Programs in the Admission Requirements section of this Calendar.

Anthropology, Criminology, English, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies:
Grade 12 U English and 5 additional Grade 12 U or M courses. At least one Grade 12 U Science, Geography or Mathematics credit is recommended.
Environmental Sustainability:
Grade 12 U English and 5 additional Grade 12 U or M courses. At least one Grade 12 U Biology, Chemistry, Geography or Mathematics credit is recommended.
Media Studies:
Grade 12 U English and 5 additional Grade 12 U or M courses. 

Students will be admitted directly into the HBASc, the HBASc/BEd or the BASc/BEd. They will not be admitted directly into the BASc.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

A student may enter, proceed in, and graduate from the HBASc program in accordance with stipulations of the University Regulations and those stipulated below. HBASc/BEd and BASc/BEd programs are also subject to regulations of the Faculty of Education, Department of Undergraduate Studies in Education. A student may be allowed to graduate from the BASc, with the permission of the Dean of the Orillia Campus.

1. A student who successfully completes the courses as indicated in his/her program of study will have his/her year level incremented as follows:
Year 1 = < 4 full course equivalents
Year 2 = 4 to < 9 full course equivalents
Year 3 = 9 to < 14 full course equivalents
Year 4 = > 14

2. Students in the HBASc (Interdisciplinary Studies) are required to satisfactorily complete 20 FCEs, including a minimum of two disciplinary specializations (a specialization comprises a set of 5 FCE in a discipline). These specializations must be identified by the student prior to entering the third year of the program. Changes in specialization after the third year require the permission of the Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies.

3. A specialization comprises a minimum of five FCE (full course equivalent) courses from a discipline in Area I or II. Students should consult with an academic advisor as to which disciplines are most suitable as areas of specialization.

5. Students in the HBASc disciplinary major programs are required to satisfactorily complete 20 FCEs, including a major in one of the following disciplines: Anthropology, English, or Geography (a major comprises a set of 10 FCEs in a discipline, including several core requirements). Majors must be identified by students prior to entering the third year of each program. Changes in program after the third year require the permission of the Campus Dean.

6. (a) Students in the HBASc Criminology Major are required to satisfactorily complete 20 FCEs, including 10 FCEs requirements in Criminology and related subjects and 2 FCEs of Inquiry (Interdisciplinary Studies 1010, 1030, 4010 and 4032). A total of 8 FCEs (see Regulations 9 and 10) of elective courses may be chosen from within or outside of the Department (see Recommended List of Electives). Up to two FCEs of these electives may be taken from any faculty.
(b) Students in the HBASc Environmental Sustainability Major are required to satisfactorily complete 20 FCEs, including 15.5 FCEs requirements in Environmental Sustainability. A total of 4.5 FCEs (see Regulations 9 and 10) of elective courses may be chosen from within or outside of the Department (see Recommended List of Electives). Up to two FCEs of these electives may be taken from any faculty.
(c) Students in the HBASc Media Studies Major are required to satisfactorily complete 20 FCEs, including 11 FCEs requirements in Media Studies and related subjects and 2 FCEs of Inquiry (Interdisciplinary Studies 1010, 1030 and Interdisciplinary Studies 4220 or 4240 or 4260). A total of 7 FCEs (see Regulations 9 and 10) of elective courses may be chosen from within or outside of the Department (see Recommended List of Electives). Up to two FCEs of these electives may be taken from any faculty.

4. All students in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies programs at the Orillia campus will satisfactorily complete at least 3 FCEs in Area I and at least 3 FCEs in Area II.

7. All students in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies programs at the Orillia campus will satisfactorily complete a required 1 FCE in first year Inquiry.

8. All HBASc students will satisfactorily complete 1 full course equivalent credit (FCE) Interdisciplinary Studies (INTD) course at the fourth year level.

9. Additional FCE electives must be selected from Area I or Area II.

10. Two FCE "Open Electives" may be taken from any faculty (practicum, clinical and co-op credits are not eligible). Students should consult with an academic advisor prior to making their course selection in this category. In the case of the concurrent Education programs, the two "open electives" are specified as Education courses, but for students in the HBASc, courses from any of the professional disciplines (Area III) may be eligible.

11. A maximum of seven (7) FCE first year or zero level courses may be satisfactorily completed and counted towards the HBASc or BASc degrees.

12. At least five (5) FCE courses must be satisfactorily completed at the third year level or above for the HBASc.

13. The last five (5) FCE courses must be taken while registered in the HBASc or BASc programs except with permission of the Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies. For students in the concurrent Education programs, the last 5.5 courses constitute studies in the Professional Year.

14. An HBASc student who has not met the requirement of a cumulative B average (70%) may be permitted, with reasonable expectation of success and with the approval of the Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies, to proceed on probation into the succeeding year of his/her program. Should he/she fail to obtain the required average a second time, he/she must apply to transfer to another program. Admission to the BASc may only be permitted with special permission of the Orillia Campus Dean or the Dean's designate.

15. To graduate with an HBASc Interdisciplinary Studies major, or to enter the Professional Year of the HBASc/BEd, a student must have a minimum cumulative grade average of 70%. To graduate with an HBASc disciplinary major (Anthropology, Criminology, English, Geography, Media Studies), a student must have a minimum overall grade average of 70% in the major. To graduate with an HBASc in Environmental Sustainability, a student must have a minimum overall grade average of 70% in the required courses of the program. To graduate from the BASc, a student must have a minimum cumulative grade average of 60%. The exit average for the BASc/BEd is 65% in the Professional Year (see the Department of Undergraduate Studies in Education Academic Regulations).

16. (a) A student will be deemed to have failed his/her program in either of the following two cases:
(i) More than 5 full course equivalent failures are accumulated at any time.
(ii) Fewer than 15 full course equivalent credits are achieved in 20 full-course equivalent attempts.*
*An attempt is a full course registration or two half-course registrations not formally cancelled with the Registrar by the prescribed dates for withdrawal from the full or half courses without academic penalty.
(b) A student who has failed a course or courses may write special examinations as outlined in the University Regulations, Regulation VII Special Examinations.
(c) A student who has failed his/her program is eligible to apply for re-admission to another University program. Normally, a student will be re-admitted only once.
(d) A student admitted to an Interdisciplinary Studies program after having failed a program in another department/school will receive credit for only those courses in which at least a C grade has been obtained and which are applicable to the Interdisciplinary Studies program.


PROGRAMS OFFERED

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers programs leading to the following degrees:

HBASc (Interdisciplinary Studies Major) (Four year program)
HBASc (Anthropology Major) (Four year program)
HBASc (Criminology Major) (Four year program)
HBASc (English Major) (Four year program)
HBASc (Environmental Sustainability Major) (Four year program)
HBASc (Geography Major) (Four year program)
HBASc (Media Studies Major) (Four year program)

BASc (Interdisciplinary Studies Major) (Three year program)
(Access to this program requires permission of the Campus Dean) 


Most of the above programs may be combined with the BEd Primary-Junior Specialization concurrent program (see the Faculty of Education, Department of Undergraduate Studies in Education, Concurrent Honours Bachelor Degree Programs):

HBASc, BEd (Interdisciplinary Studies Major) P/J (Five year program)
HBASc, BEd (Anthropology Major) P/J (Five year program)
HBASc, BEd (English Major) P/J (Five year program)
HBASc, BEd (Geography Major) P/J (Five year program)
BASc, BEd (Interdisciplinary Studies Major) P/J (Four year program)

Note:
Concurrent Education option is not available with the HBASc Criminology, Environmental Sustainability, and Media Studies Majors.