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Office of the University Registrar

2005-06 Undergraduate Catalog

Majors

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


CLAS Majors

A major consists of a concentration of course work in a specific department or program. The number of credit hours required for a major will vary from department to department, but in no case may the number of hours be fewer than 24 hours nor more than 40 hours.

A student must have a C or better in all courses required for the major. Major requirements cannot be taken S-U unless authorized by the major. Work in the major taken in the freshman or sophomore years or transferred to the university from another institution is included when evaluating the studentís record. However, all transfer credit in the major must be approved by the department.

Interdisciplinary Studies Majors

Honors students who declare IDS as a major in terms 1-3 should contact the Honors Program Office, Tigert Hall, Room 140, 352-392-1519.

An interdisciplinary major may be designed and initiated by a student whose academic or professional goals are not met by a department major. The IDS major is a restricted-admission program and requires a 3.0 GPA. At least two faculty members from different departments must help plan the program, and they also must agree to supervise the program to completion. At least one of these faculty members must be in this college.

Each interdisciplinary program must be approved by the college Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies and include at least 20 credit hours of 3000/4000-level course work taken in two or more departments. All other college degree requirements (e.g., foreign language, basic distribution, electives, etc.) must be met. The student must also take at least seven credit hours of IDS 4906 (or equivalent courses) under the direction of one or both of the supervisory faculty members and produce a senior thesis.

Interdisciplinary majors can also graduate with honors recognition. Requirements are the same as for department majors, with the additional provision that magna cum laude or summa cum laude recognition must be recommended by two members of the studentís supervisory committee (including the principal supervisor), who will affirm that the student conducted an individual project in IDS 4906 (or equivalent).

Students should begin planning an interdisciplinary program early. They should stay in their current major and apply to IDS as early as semester 4 or at the latest by semester 5. Transfer students must complete their first semester with a UF GPA of 3.0 before they can apply to this program. Late application may result in denial of admission to the program. Students interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary major should contact the college office in Turlington Hall, Room 2014, 352-392-6800, or view the CLAS IDS information.

Students may design their own major or follow one of the tracks below or in the majors chart at the beginning of the college section. More information about biochemistry and film studies appears later in the course descriptions section.

Students in science tracks who are enrolled in IDS 4905 work 3-4 hours per week in the laboratory for each credit hour earned.

IDS Majors in CLAS (links are provided in the dropdown above, under I)

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biological Illustration

Cell and Developmental Biology

Neurobiological Sciences

Film and Media Studies

International Studies

Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

An individually designed major in Latin American Studies is also possible through the CLAS interdisciplinary majors program for students whose academic goals cannot be achieved with the existing academic programs in Latin American Studies. A major is possible only by acceptance into the CLAS interdisciplinary studies program. For more information, refer to Center for Latin American Studies and please contact the adviser in Grinter Hall, Room 319, 352-392-0375, Ext. 807.