Interdisciplinary Studies, Programs and Options
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The College of Science and Mathematics recognizes the importance of integrating learning across departmentally housed disciplines. In support of this aim, the College and the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies offer students opportunities to enroll in a variety of interdisciplinary options, including single courses combining more than one discipline and two or more courses from different departments linked together by their focus on common themes as well as major and minor degree programs. IDS and XIDS refer to the cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of courses and programs across the College of Science and Mathematics curriculum.
IDS programs include three major degrees: a B.S. ENST in Environmental Studies (Course prefix ENVS), a B.S. ENVS in Environmental Sciences (Course prefix ENVS) and a B.A. in Global Studies (Course prefix GLOB); it also includes minor degree programs in Africana Studies, American Studies, Canadian Studies, Film Studies, Latin American Studies and Women's Studies. Each of these programs includes courses from a range of academic departments and disciplines within the College. See the related links for program requirements and course offerings at: http://www.westga.edu/xids/.
XIDS courses are an essential part of the Core Curriculum, as they meet and support University and College learning outcomes required in the Core. XIDS courses can be team-taught or taught by a single professor. The purpose is to offer, through special topics, an integrative learning experience that results in a new and enhanced academic perspective. Three XIDS courses in the Core are templates for creating a variety of new, topic-driven sections. These include in Core Area B2, XIDS 2001 and XIDS 2002 ('What do you really know about…[special topics]?' ); in Area C1, XIDS 2100 (Arts and Ideas Special Topics) and in Core Area E4, XIDS 2300 (Interdisciplinary Studies in the Social Sciences). For examples and further information, please see the XIDS Core website at: http://www.westga.edu/xids/index_4036.php
For further information, please contact the director of Interdisciplinary Programs, Professor Aran MacKinnon, Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, or consult the IDS website at http://www.westga.edu/xids/.
Physical Education Requirement
The college of Science and Mathematics does not have any physical education requirements. Physical Education classes will not count as electives. Note, however, that if a student changes from the College of Science and Mathematics to the College of Education, the student must satisfy that college's physical education requirement.
Professional Practice Program
The Department of Career Services assists students in combining classroom study and field experience related to students' majors and/or career goals. Cooperative Education and Internship opportunities are available to students within the College of Science and Mathematics. For further details on Professional Practice opportunities, contact the Department of Career Services at 678-839-6431, come by Room 222 in Parker Hall, or visit the department's website at www.westga.edu/careerweb/.