Interdisciplinary Studies, BA

General Education Program
Writing (WR)3
Quantitative Literacy (QR)3-4
Oral Communication (OC)3
Fitness/Health (FH)2-3
Information, Technology & Media Literacy (ITML)3
Religious Studies3
Freshman Studies1
Humanistic & Creative Expression (HCE)6
Introduction to Digital Humanities
Natural & Physical World (NPW)6-10
Ecology and the Environment
Philosophical, Ethical & Moral Dimensions (PEM)6
Basic Problems in Philosophy
Environment & Human Experience (SEH)6
Mass Communication
Principles of Sociology
World Heritage & Global Perspectives (WHG)6
US History 1896 to Present
Interdisciplinary Studies Major
AMS-1001Introduction to American Studies3
COM-3002Topics: Media and Com. Research Methods Audio Production3
WGS-2001Introduction to Gender Studies3
IDS-4990Interdisciplinary Studies Internship3
IDS-4997Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone Sem I3
IDS-4998Interdisciplinary Stu Capstone Sem II3
Take three 3000 level courses9
IDS Areas of Focused Study (Complete 2 of 3 subrequirements)18
Take 9 credits from Group A: American Studies
Popular Music
Commemorative Practices in the United States
Art of Social Change in the US United States
Post-WWII U.S. Protest Movements
Topics in Public History
The Atlantic World
Walt Whitman's America
Constructing Gender in American Literature & Culture Culture
America in the 1940S
American Philosophy
The Story of American Evangelicalism
Take 9 credits from Group B: Environmental Studies
Art & Ecology
Business and Society
Sustainable Devt: the Business Case Career
Economic Issues Today
Environmental Economics
Biomimicry
Topic: Environmental Writers
Philosophy and the Nature World Ethical Perspectives
Take 9 credits from Group C: Women's & Gender Studies
Women in Film and Video
Women's Health Issues
History of Sexuality
Women in the Twentieth Century World
Human Sexuality
Gender and Philosophy
Psychology of Women
IDS Proficiency Areas (Complete 1 of 3 subrequirements)9
Take 9 credits from Group D: Digital Humanities
Digital Radio Industry
Art in New York City United States
App Design & Development in the Humanities
Digital Video
Story in the Digital Age
Take 9 credits from Group E: Migration Studies
Latinos in the Americas: Here and There World II
Global Migration
Criminalization of Immigration Crimmigation: Criminalization of Immigra
Contemporary Migration
Immigrant to New York
Take 9 credits from Group F: Visual Arts
Art & Ecology
History of Film
Studies in Film
Topics: Literature and Photography
Art and Aesthetics
General Electives18
Total Hours120-126

The General Education Program is the academic cornerstone of St. Francis College and affirms its mission to graduate educated, well-rounded students to enter and participate in a changing and culturally diverse world.

As an integrated program of studies, it focuses on developing the skills expected of a liberally educated person. It provides students with a broadly-based foundation outside their areas of specialization, an understanding of how various disciplines intersect and differ, and assists in cultivating a disposition for lifelong learning.

Institutional Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate sensitivity to creative expression
  2. Communicate ideas and information through written, oral, visual and digital media
  3. Employ critical and analytical skills
  4. Value diverse perspectives of the human experience
  5. Implement information, technology and media literacy
  6. Demonstrate quantitative literacy

Foundation Courses- First Year College (18 credits)

To ensure refinement of basic reasoning and cognitive skills needed for successful completion of any college degree program, the general education program requires 18 credits in foundational courses targeting student learning outcomes (SLOs) in writing; quantitative reasoning; oral communications; information, technology, and media literacy; fitness or health; religious studies; and the Freshman Seminar. Each student is required to successfully complete one course in each of the areas of the First Year College.

Bodies of Knowledge (30 credits)

A selection of 30 credits in broad areas of inquiry, designated as Bodies of Knowledge, allow students the flexibility to gain breadth and depth in a field outside of a major. Each student is required to successfully complete two different courses in each of the five Bodies of Knowledge.