Interdisciplinary Concentration

A student's Interdisciplinary Concentrations must consist of at least six courses. These courses are chosen by the student in consultation with the director whose approval is required. To be approved, an Interdisciplinary Concentration must have both breadth and focus: breadth insofar as the courses comprising it must span at least three distinct disciplines and focus insofar as the courses comprising it must be unified by an appropriate theme identifiable by a brief descriptive title such as ''Art and Society," "Ethics and the Environment," "Atlantic Civilizations," "Women’s Studies," "Labor Studies," "International Development," "Science and Religion," "The U.S Constitution," "European Studies," "Leadership Studies," "Race, Ethnicity, and Class," "Issues of Social Concern," "American History," "Cultural Studies," etc.

These are just a few examples. There is no list of "approved" themes. The student is free to choose whatever theme he or she wants. Because o the variety of graduate courses already offered at FIU, MALS students have flexibility in designing their interdisciplinary concentration. The only restrictions are that there be a sufficient number of graduate courses available at FIU related to that theme. A minimum of six courses from three distinct disciplines is required.

A student's Interdisciplinary Concentration may include:

  • Up to three graduate level courses outside the College of Arts and Sciences,
  • Up to two independent study graduate level courses, and
  • Up to six semester hours of transfer of graduate credits from another university.*

Transfer Credit

A prospective MALS student may have already completed some graduate level work either at FIU or elsewhere. Such graduate work may count towards the MALS degree and in particular toward the student's interdisciplinary concentration if the following conditions are satisfied:

  • the student received a grade of "B" or better in those graduate level courses,
  • the student advisor approves those courses; to obtain such approval, the courses must be appropriately related to the theme unifying the student's Interdisciplinary Concentration, and
  • no more than six semester graduate hours can be transferred from another university.

Samples of Possible Interdisciplinary Concentrations.

Example One: Ethics and the Environment

Ethics and the Environment

  • Ethical Foundations
  • PHI 5xxx: Ethical Theory
  • REL 5183: Ethics and the Environment

Environmental Science Core (2 courses from the following):

  • EVR 5061: South Florida Ecology
  • EVR 5935: Pollutions and the Environment
  • EVR 5320: Environmental Resource Management

Environmental Electives (2 courses from the following):

  • ANG 5403: Ecological Anthropology
  • SYD 5405: Population and Society
  • IVR 6065: Environment and Development
  • EVR 5355: Environmental Resource Policy
  • EVR 5300: Topics in Urban Ecology
  • EVR 5410: Human Population and Earth's Ecosystem

Example Two: Gender/Women's Studies

The Ethics and Politics of Gender (2 courses from the following):

  • PHII 5xxx: Ethical Theory
  • PHM 4123: Philosophy and Feminism
  • REL 5184: Sex, Ethics, and Religion
  • POT 5307: Feminist Political Theory

The Sociology of Gender (2 courses from the following):

  • SOW 5109: Crises in the Lives of Women
  • SYD 6235: Seminar in the Comparative Sociology of Gender
  • SYD 6816: Advanced Sociological Theories of Gender
  • SYO 6135: Famiiies and Social Change

Gender, Language, and the Arts (2 courses from the following):

  • AML 5305: Major American Writers
  • ENG 4134: Women in Film
  • LIN 4651: Gender and Language
  • SPW 5786: Spanish-American Women Writers

Example Three: International Development

Politics and International Context (2 courses from the following):

  • CPO 5036: Politics of Development
  • CPO 6206: Seminar in African Politics
  • INR 5607: International Relations and Development
  • INR 5255: Seminar in African Development

Economics (2 courses from the following):

  • ECO 5709: The World Economy
  • ECO 5027: Economic Development of Emerging Nations
  • ECO 5735: Multinational Corporations

Broader Issues (2 courses from the following):

  • SYP 5447: Sociology of International Development
  • INR 6056: Environment and Development
  • HUN 5195: International Nutrition