Department of Interdisciplinary Studies


Chair A. den Otter
Campus Dean, Orillia K. Fedderson
   
Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities T. Dunk
Dean of Science and Environmental Studies A.P. Dean
Dean of Education J. O'Meara
   

 

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 features Multidisciplinary Studies in Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) and in Science and Environmental Studies (SES). This breadth allows students to identify two specializations in one faculty, along with significant coursework in the other. Alternatively one of their specializations may come from each of the two faculties. 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, multidisciplinary honours degree.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

See Requirements for Admission to Undergraduate Degree Programs in the Admission Requirements and Registration section of this Calendar, page 27. Requirements: Grade 12U English and 5 additional Grade 12U or M courses. At least one Grade 12U Science, Geography or Mathematics credit is recommended. Students will be admitted directly into the HBASc, the HBASc/BEd or the BASc/BEd. They will not be admitted directly into the BASc Multidisciplinary Studies.

 

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

A student may enter, proceed in, and graduate from the HBASc, HBASc/BEd, or BASc/BEd programs in accordance with stipulations of the University Regulations, page 39, and regulations of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, page 217; Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies, page 166; or Faculty of Education, page 60, of this Calendar. A student may be allowed to graduate from the BASc, with the permission of the appropriate dean(s).

 

Multidisciplinary Studies Programs


HBASc (Multidisciplinary Studies)
Four year program

HBASc (Multidisciplinary Studies)/BEd (P/J)
Five year program

BASc (Multidisciplinary Studies)
Three year program

BASc (Multidisciplinary Studies)/BEd (P/J)
Four year program

The Honours Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, the Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science, Bachelor of Education, and the Bachelor of Arts and Science/Bachelor of Education degrees provide students with the option of focusing their studies in various ways within Groups A, B, and C in the list below. A student may choose specializations in Sciences and Environmental Studies (Group C), while taking significant coursework in the Social Sciences and Humanities (Groups A and B) and, for concurrent degrees, some preparatory courses in Education; alternatively students can focus within the Social Sciences and Humanities (Groups A and B), while taking significant coursework in the Sciences and Environmental Studies (Group C) and for concurrent education students some preparatory courses in Education. With the approval of the Deans a student can also choose specializations, one from each of Social Sciences and Humanities and Science and Environmental Studies.

Foundation of Interprofessional Health Studies
A particular slate (5 FCEs) of courses taken within the first year of the HBASc, called the Foundation of Interprofessional Health Studies, will be of interest to those students wishing to explore career opportunities within the health sector. Upon successful completion of first year, students may apply to transfer into the Thunder Bay campus programs in Gerontology, Kinesiology, Nursing or Social Work. Alternatively, students may wish to continue with the HBASc which in itself provides a broad interdisciplinary grounding to other health careers.

The slate of courses consists of the following:
1. Instead of Inquiry 1010/1030, students will take Inquiry 1010/1035.
2. In place of the 2 FCE SSH/SES electives and the 2 FCE open electives, students take the required courses:
Biology 2020
Chemistry 1210
Kinesiology 1113, and
Two of: Psychology 1100, Gerontology 1100 or Social Work 1100.


Courses may be available in the following areas:

Humanities (Group A)
English
History
Indigenous Learning
Languages
Music
Philosophy
Religious Studies
Visual Art
Women's Studies

Social Sciences (Group B)
Economics
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Women's Studies

Science and Environmental Studies (Group C)
Anthropology
Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Geography
Geology
Mathematics
Physics

Professional Programs (Group D)
Business
Education
Engineering
Forestry
Medicine
Health and Behavioural Sciences
-Kinesiology
-Nursing
-Outdoor Recreation
-Public Health
-Social Work
-Gerontology

PROGRAM REGULATIONS

Credits for courses taken outside the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies, or Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, and for concurrent students also the Faculty of Education, or Lakehead University, must be approved by the Registrar in consultation with the Dean of Science and Environmental Studies, Dean of Social Science and Humanities, and for concurrent students also by the Dean of the Faculty of Education, or in each case, the Deans' designate.

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: Multidisciplinary Studies are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of two disciplinary specializations (a specialization comprises a set of 5 FCE in a discipline), and these specializations must be identified by the student.

3. A disciplinary specialization comprises a minimum of five FCE (full course equivalent) courses. In the case of a student emphasizing Social Science and Humanities, the two specializations would be drawn from the following Social Science and Humanities disciplines subject to the availability of courses: (Social Science - Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women's Studies; Humanities - English, History, Indigenous Learning, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Visual Art, Women's Studies). In the case of a student emphasizing Science and Environmental Studies, the two would be drawn from the following Science and Environmental Studies disciplines, subject to availability of courses (Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics), or with permission of the Dean and Program Chair, from approved interdepartmental studies programs such as the Water Resource Science, Environmental Studies, or the Applied Bio-Molecular Science Programs. Students in the concurrent BASc/BEd would complete 1 disciplinary specialization and three FCE in a secondary discipline.

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

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

6. At least three (3) FCE elective courses should be satisfactorily completed in the other faculty; that is, a student choosing two specializations in the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies must satisfactorily complete at least 3 FCE in the faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, with at least 1 FCE from the Humanities and 1 FCE from the Social Sciences; a student choosing two specializations in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities must satisfactorily complete at least 3 FCE in the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies, with at least 1 FCE in Science and 1 FCE in Environmental Studies. Students in a concurrent program must satisfactorily complete at least 2 FCEs in Education prior to the professional year and one FCE in either visual arts or music as well as one FCE in science or mathematics.

7. All students in the HBASc or HBASc/BEd will satisfactorily complete a required 1 FCE first year course in inquiry: Multidisciplinary Studies, Inquiry I (ST); and a capstone 1 FCE course Multidisciplinary Studies, Inquiry II (ST) in year 4. Note that Inquiry II is restricted to students in the HBASc or HBASc/BEd programs.

8. Three additional FCE electives may be selected from either the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, or the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies.

9. *Two FCE "Open Electives" may be taken from any faculty (practicum, clinical and co-op credits are not eligible). Students should consult with the Program Coordinator 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 (Group D) may be eligible.

10. The last five (5) FCE courses must be taken while registered in the HBASc: Multidisciplinary Studies or the BASc: Multidisciplinary Studies except with permission of the appropriate Dean(s) or the Program Coordinator. For students in the concurrent programs, the last five courses usually comprise the professional year.

11. Students are advised to discuss the selection of course(s) with the Program Coordinator in order to determine whether or not the course is the best choice in light of the student's plans for the future. Also, students should check to see that they have sufficient background in the subject matter to enroll in the course.

12. An HBASc or HBASc/BEd 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 Dean or Dean's designate concerned, 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. The student may also request evaluation for a transfer to the BASc or if registered in the HBASc/BEd program, to the concurrent BASc/BEd program at this time. Admission to the BASc or in the circumstances described in this regulation, to the BASc/BEd may only be permitted with special permission of the Deans or their designates.

13. To graduate with the HBASc or to enter the professional year of the HBASc/BEd, a student must have a minimum cumulative grade average of 70%. To graduate from the BASc or to enter the professional year of the BASc/BEd, a student must have a minimum cumulative grade average of 65%.

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