The Interdisciplinary Thematic Plan

What is the Interdisciplinary Thematic Plan?

The Interdisciplinary Thematic Plan is designed for Liberal Studies majors who have interests that go beyond the confines of any single CSUF department. With the help of Liberal Studies advisors, these students design their own study plans, taking courses from several academic departments centered on an interdisciplinary theme. This theme may reflect an intellectual interest or prepare students for later professional training and specific careers. The departmen offers a number of advising tracks that help students organize their coursework.

Examples of themes that our majors have explored include current international problems, current domestic issues, economics and the environment, humanity and its natural environment, regionalism and marketing, cultural heritage studies, art and religion, the religious development of children, creative use of leisure, religion and economic attitudes, the cultural history of shame, and social tensions of modernity as expressed in fiction and social science.

What types of career opportunities are available for Liberal Studies majors who choose the Interdisciplinary Thematic Plan?

The Liberal Studies Interdisciplinary Thematic Plan has long served students as preparation for law school, advanced study in business or other graduate degree programs or professional schools, as well as careers in the health sciences, education, ministry, or the environmental sciences. This plan also attracts returning students who already have successful careers but want a well-rounded and personally enriching education.

What are the requirements of the Interdisciplinary Thematic Plan?

Students take ten Liberal Studies core courses (30 units) and six theme-oriented elective courses (18 units). To ensure interdisciplinarity, students may take no more than three elective courses (9 units) from a single CSUF department and no more than five elective courses (15 units) from any one of the three knowledge areas of Liberal Studies: arts & humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. A student's theme and elective coursework must be approved by a Liberal Studies advisor prior to enrolling in courses.

Students also synthesize and apply their knowledge through an interdisciplinary research project carried out either by participating in the Senior Research Seminar (LBST 482) or by completing a senior project (such as a thesis or a creative work) in an area related to their theme and under the supervision of a professor of their own choosing. Since this professor will be responsible for evaluating the project, students following the senior project option register for independent study (499) in the professor's department.

To see the requirements of the Interdisciplinary Thematic Plan in the form of a list, click on Interdisciplinary Thematic Plan RequirementsPDF File .