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2017-2018 Catalog 
  
 
  Oct 19, 2017
 
2017-2018 Catalog

Interdisciplinary Degrees and Majors


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Undergraduate

In addition to programs offered by the undergraduate colleges at ACU, the university offers programs that require courses from more than one college. These programs offer students an opportunity for significant enhancement to their education.

The university offers a certificate program in gerontology. An individually designed composite interdisciplinary degree is a special opportunity for the student whose career goals are not met by a departmental major.

Health Professions Cooperative Degree

Diana Flanagan, Advisor for Biology Track
ACU Box 27868
Abilene, Texas 79699-7868
Halbert-Walling Research Center, Room 103
Phone: 325-674-2188
Email: flanagand@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/biology

Kim Pamplin, Advisor for Biochemistry Track
ACU Box 28132
Abilene, Texas 79699-7868
Halbert-Walling Research Center, Room 302

Phone: 325-674-2176
Email: pamplink@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/chemistry

Introduction

The Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offer the BS degree in cooperation with some professional schools. In this program a bachelor’s degree is awarded to certain qualified students who have satisfactorily completed three years of prescribed work at ACU plus one year at a recognized professional school. Students in the cooperative degree program are advised by the advisors for health professions as well as a departmental advisor in either the Department of Biology or the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Two tracks are available for students pursuing this program: biology and biochemistry.

Composite Interdisciplinary Major

College of Arts and Sciences
ACU Box 29210
Abilene, Texas 79699-9141
Sherrod Building, Room 127

Phone: 325-674-2300
Fax: 325-674-2238
Email: cas@acu.edu

A composite interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science may be designed to meet the student’s needs.

A Master of Liberal Arts  in interdisciplinary studies is also available.

Introduction

An individualized composite interdisciplinary major may be approved for a student whose life and career goals will be served by such a major. The student must work with the appropriate academic advisor(s) to design the degree plan, which will include the University Requirements.

Composite Interdisciplinary Major

The “Composite Interdisciplinary Major” (CIND) is a special academic program that is designed to allow a student to integrate studies from multiple disciplines in the baccalaureate curriculum. This major builds upon a core of classes from different majors and combines them to create a degree plan satisfying some or all of the learning outcomes for multiple disciplines. Students may choose either the BA or BS degree for the CIND major. The student transcript after being awarded a degree includes the CIND major, as well as listed concentrations for each of the disciplines that comprised the major.

Composite Interdisciplinary Major – Liberal Studies

ACU also offers an interdisciplinary major (CIND) with a liberal studies emphasis, which follows a degree plan for the learning outcomes of the University Requirements and encompasses a broad learning initiative in elective hours across a number of disciplines. The liberal studies emphasis of this major does not include multiple disciplines, as liberal studies is a multidisciplinary study. Consequently, the student transcript only reflects the CIND major and a concentration in liberal studies, with no other disciplines listed.

Admission Requirements

Before being admitted to a composite interdisciplinary program, the student must have the following approvals:

  • Department chairs from each area of study represented within the CIND degree plan must approve the course selection from that discipline, including finalizing required courses from that major that must be included in the degree plan. The dean of the College of Arts and Sciences must approve the degree plan as a whole.
  • The Registrar’s Office must ensure that the plan meets the general graduation requirements for the University, and that areas selected for the CIND major are areas in which the university is approved to grant degrees (including minors), based on the catalog.
  • The student must have fewer than 90 earned hours to declare a traditional, multidisciplinary CIND major. Students with 90 hours or more are limited to the liberal studies CIND major.
  • A student must satisfy all requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information  section of this catalog.

University Requirements

The composite interdisciplinary major will include the University Requirements appropriate to the BA or BS major.

Major Requirements

The composite interdisciplinary major will include all graduation requirements for the appropriate degree (BA or BS) as well as any special graduation requirements necessary to fulfill the student’s goals. The degree plan, which will exceed the minimums for a major (see General Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree) in the chosen BA or BS degree, can combine significant elements from two or more majors. Combined areas such as social sciences, humanities, behavioral sciences, fine arts or natural sciences may be used as one academic area. Minimum GPA requirements, both within major and cumulative, will be determined by the departments and programs involved. The major may include a minor, supplement and support areas. Generally, the degree will not exceed 128 hours; however, an interdisciplinary degree may exceed 128 hours with the student’s understanding that the hours are necessary to satisfy the departmental elements that the student wishes to include in the major.

General Electives

Electives may be used to build the interdisciplinary degree if necessary.

Applying for a CIND Degree Plan

Students who wish to inquire about a CIND major should begin with their academic advisor.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Philosophy

Paul Morris, Advisor
ACU Box 27963
Abilene, Texas 79699-7963
Foster Science Building, Room 317

Phone: 325-674-2165
Fax: 325-674-2146
Email: morrisp@acu.edu

Introduction

Philosophy examines questions in every aspect of human life, and its methods apply to problems in every discipline. The study of philosophy allows one to develop the capacity to see the world from the perspective of other individuals and cultures; it enhances one’s ability to perceive the relationships among various academic disciplines; it deepens one’s sense of the meaning and variety of human experience; and it teaches critical techniques that are invaluable in all aspects of life.

A true liberal arts education must include a study and analysis of the ideas of the great thinkers of the world. Our world views and ideas are formed in the context of history, and we as citizens of the world and Christians have the responsibility to be aware of where our thoughts come from and what previous ideas influenced our own. There are many philosophies in the world today, and we cannot adequately respond to them or criticize them without some knowledge of their philosophical genesis.

The philosophy minor at ACU is designed to prepare a student who wishes to pursue graduate study in philosophy, to supply knowledge for a philosophical basis for the other disciplines, or simply to satisfy the curious mind.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Aging Studies

Charlie D. Pruett, Director
Pruett Gerontology Center
ACU Box 27793
Abilene, Texas 79699-7793
Hardin Administration Building, Room 118

Phone: 325-674-2350
Fax: 325-674-6804
Email: charlie.pruett@gero.acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/gerontology

A Minor in Aging Studies is a value added complement to many undergraduate majors. The growing number of older adults in the nation and the world is creating opportunities for most majors to focus on leading and serving an aging population.

The minor may be obtained through the Pruett Gerontology Center and the College of Arts and Sciences as a specialization in conjunction with any other degree.

Introduction

Job potential in the rapidly expanding field of aging studies includes social work, family services, health care, retirement home industry, a broad area of non-profit organizations, communities of faith, public agencies, research opportunities, and a host of other positions in the network of professionals serving the older adult.

The undergraduate student, in consultation with the advisor, will design a program of study that will meet the individual student’s need in the area of gerontology.

Interdisciplinary Certificate in Gerontology

Charlie D. Pruett, Director
Pruett Gerontology Center
ACU Box 27793
Abilene, Texas 79699-7793
Hardin Administration Building, Room 118

Phone: 325-674-2350
Fax: 325-674-6804
Email: charlie.pruett@gero.acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/gerontology

The Certificate of Studies in Gerontology may be obtained through the Pruett Gerontology Center and the College of Arts and Sciences as a specialization in conjunction with a degree from many other disciplines.

Introduction

Job potential in the rapidly expanding field of gerontology includes the retirement home industry, service to older persons in a church setting, work with public agencies, research opportunities and a host of other positions in the network of professionals serving the older adult.

The undergraduate student, in consultation with the advisor, will design a program of study that will meet the individual student’s need in the area of gerontology.

Graduate

Gerontology

Charlie Pruett, Graduate Director
Pruett Gerontology Center
ACU Box 27793
Abilene, Texas 79699-7793
Hardin Administration Building, Room 118

Phone: 325-674-2350
Fax: 325-674-6804
Email: charlie.pruett@gero.acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/grad

Interdisciplinary Faculty

Denise Barnett, Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Heidi Morris, Adjunct Instructor of Family Studies
Charlie Pruett, Associate Professor of Gerontology
Steven Wages, Associate Professor of Family Studies
Tom Winter, Professor of Social Work

Introduction

The interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in the Study of Aging is offered through the Pruett Gerontology Center within the College of Arts and Sciences. The certificate is an 18-hour non-thesis program. A certificate in gerontology is also available on the undergraduate level.

Course work in this interdisciplinary program is carefully integrated in an effort to add richness, depth, and balance to a student’s background. The certificate may be earned independently or as a specialization to another graduate degree program. It is a nationally recognized credential in the field of gerontology education.

Since 1986, the Pruett Gerontology Center has worked to develop a curriculum in the study of aging to respond to church and community service needs of individuals and organizations. The center sponsors numerous workshops and conferences that address needs and issues in aging being faced by churches, families, and communities.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the Graduate Certificate in the Study of Aging are as follows:

  1. A completed application for admission with a nonrefundable application fee;
  2. An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent;
  3. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  4. A personal interview with the Director of the Pruett Gerontology Center.

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