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Office of the University Registrar

2005-06 Undergraduate Catalog

Majors

Interdisciplinary Studies Majors in the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Website: www.clas.ufl.edu/ids

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 cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude 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 director of the particular track listed below or view the IDS information on the college's website.

Students may design their own major or follow one of the tracks below.

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

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biological Illustration
Film and Media Studies
International Studies
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Neurobiological Sciences

Interdisciplinary Studies – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
College: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Hours for the Degree: 120
Minor: No
Combined-Degree Program: No
Website: www.clas.ufl.edu/ids

Applicants with a good background in basic chemistry and biology can pursue advanced-level work, including required courses in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, research in biochemistry and molecular biology and other electives in biochemistry and molecular biology, botany, chemistry, microbiology, neuroscience, pharmacology and zoology.

Graduates will have excellent backgrounds for research in a variety of the basic medical sciences and will be qualified for graduate and professional school programs.

For further information about the biochemistry program, refer to the department course listings (refer to Index). Questions about the program may be directed to Dr. Robert Cohen, UF Health Science Center, Academic Research Building, Room R2-252B, 352-392-4050.

Please note: a non-IDS biochemistry major track is offered by the Department of Chemistry.

Interdisciplinary Studies – Biological Illustration
College: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Hours for the Degree: 120
Minor: No
Combined-Degree Program: No
Website: www.clas.ufl.edu/ids

This program provides a broad program in biological illustration to students preparing to work with museums, university botany, zoology, entomology, anthropology or medical departments and botanical gardens or research organizations.

Enrollment is restricted because of the tutorial nature of much of the instruction. The program admits only a few well-qualified students each year. Contact Dr. Ronald Wolff, Carr Hall, Room 411, 352-392-1298.

Interdisciplinary Studies – Film and Media Studies
College: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Hours for the Degree: 120
Minor: No
Combined-Degree Program: No
Website: www.clas.ufl.edu/ids

The interdisciplinary B.A., with a concentration in film and media studies, enables students to pursue a liberal arts approach to audio-visual studies. The courses offered provide a range of training from professional and applied (anthropology, architecture, education and theatre) to historical and experimental (art, English, Germanic, Slavic and romance languages).

The film and media studies major encourages students to integrate these offerings by working in both theory and production. Application to this major must be approved by the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee. For the senior thesis, a student may choose an essay, a film script, a short film or video, or work in a related medium.

The major requires a minimum of 27 hours, 20 hours from the courses listed below and seven from IDS 4906, senior independent work. Majors should take ENG 3115, Introduction to Film: Criticism and Theory, since it serves as the prerequisite for ENG 4136, Film and Video Production. Students and sponsors select courses for CLAS electives.

Since many of the courses in the departments of Art, English and Theatre have prerequisites, students should plan their freshman and sophomore work with the major in mind. Under certain circumstances, instructors will waive some prerequisites for IDS majors, but with space at a premium (especially in studio and production classes), students should not try to avoid any requirements. Students may, however, use up to nine hours of 2000-level prerequisites as electives.

Early preparation for the major should include ENG 2300 Film Analysis. Other useful courses are GET 2290 Early German Cinema - 1945, TPP 2100 Acting for Non-majors and TPP 2110 Acting 1: Instrument and Discipline, TPP 2260 Acting for the Camera, ARH 2051 Introduction to the Principles and History of Art 2, ART 2621C Computer Art: Montage, ART 2622C Video Art: Montage, PGY 2441C Photography: Images Order and Idea and PGY 2442C Photography: Figure and Ground.

The major is selective, requiring a 3.0 minimum GPA, two sponsors chosen from faculty in the program and approval of the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee. The application form and information is available at web.clas.ufl.edu/ids or contact Dr. Scott Nygren, Turlington Hall, Room 4008, 352-392-0777.

General Education: Many courses included in the film and media studies major satisfy general education requirements.

Note: Refer to the English section for a description of the English B.A. with a film and media studies concentration.

Interdisciplinary Studies – International Studies
College: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Hours for the Degree: 120
Minor: No
Combined -Degree Program: No
Website: www.clas.ufl.edu/ids

Undergraduate students design a concentration that focuses on international issues or an area of the world, ranging from Europe to Africa and Latin America. Students draw on disciplines such as history, geography, modern languages, economics and political science to design the core of a major, which culminates in a thesis. Through such experience, students acquire a thorough knowledge of cultural, economic, political and social interrelationships. In planning the major, students should take advantage of UF's study abroad programs. Contact Dean Yumiko Hulvey, Turlington Hall, Room 2014, 352-392-6800.

Interdisciplinary Studies – Medieval and Early Modern Studies
College: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Hours for the Degree: 120
Minor: Yes
Combined -Degree Program: No
Website: www.clas.ufl.edu/ids

This major focuses on medieval and early modern European culture and its influences on the modern world. Students examine the distinctive forms of cultural organization in these periods, obtain knowledge about medieval and early modern communities (monastic, chivalric, peasant, early urban) and familiarize themselves with some of the world's greatest literature.

Students are encouraged to seek historical perspectives that can contribute to current discussions about ethnicity and nationality, colonialism, technologies and their effects, gender and sexuality and the characteristics of historical and fictional narratives. This IDS major involves critical thinking, textual analysis and creativity, and is excellent preprofessional preparation for careers in law, journalism, government services, medicine, library science, international work and teaching. For a description of the minor in MEMS, please refer to the minors section, to the Germanic and Slavic section of the Advising Manual or contact Dr. Will Hasty, 254 Dauer, 352-392-2101.

Interdisciplinary Studies – Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
College: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Hours for the Degree: 120
Minor: No
Combined-Degree Program : No
Website: www.clas.ufl.edu/ids

Students design a concentration that focuses on an Arabic or Hebrew language and culture. Students acquire knowledge of relationships among language, literature, politics, religion, arts and economics. The major consists of 33 credit hours and culminates in a senior thesis. Contact Dr. Aida Bamia, Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures, 352-392-2422.

This program provides a two-track major, Arabic and Hebrew, with two core courses required by the two tracks:
  • ABT 3131 Arabic Literary Heritage 2
  • HMW 4930 Special Topics – Israeli History Through Contemporary Novels
  • ARA/HBR 4930 Special Topics – Introduction of Semitic Languages

The Arabic concentration requires:
  • ARA 3300 and 3301 Third-year Arabic 1 and 2 (6 credits)
  • ARA 4420 Arabic Through the Texts (3 credits)
  • ABT 3130 Arabic Literary Heritage 1 (GE–H, I and writing requirement) (3 credits)
  • ABT 3131 Arabic Literary Heritage 2 (GE–H, I and writing requirement) (3 credits, core course)
  • HBT 3110 Israeli Literature in Translation (3 credits, core course)
  • ARA/HBR 4930, Special Topics – Introduction of Semitic Languages (3 credits, core course)
  • IDS 4906, Interdisciplinary Thesis Research (7 credits)

Electives: Three to six credits from courses with the following prefixes:
  • ARA, ABT, REL (with reference to Islam or Judaism)
  • AFH (with reference to North Africa) and
  • CPO and WHO (with reference to the Middle East)

The Hebrew concentration requires:

The track requires 33 credits.
  • HBR 3410 and 3411, Third-year Modern Hebrew 1 and 2 (GE–H, I) (6 credits)
  • HMW 3200 or 3201, Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature 1 or 2 (3 credits)
  • HMW 4930, Special Topics – Images of Women in Modern Hebrew Literature (3 credits)
  • HMW 4930, Special Topics – Israeli History in Contemporary Israeli Novels (3 credits)
  • ABT 3131 Arabic Literary Heritage 2 (GE–H, I and writing requirement) (3 credits)
  • ARA/HBR 4930, Special Topics – Comparative Semitic Languages (3 credits)
  • IDS 4906, Interdisciplinary Thesis Research (7 credits)

Electives: Three to six credits from the following prefixes: REL, HBR, HMW, JST, POS (courses related to Judaism, the Bible or the Middle East).

Overseas Studies: An intensive summer program in Fez, Morocco, is available for students at all levels, beginning to advanced. The six-week program earns six transferable credits or 10 credits for beginners.

Interdisciplinary Studies – Neurobiological Sciences
College: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Hours for the Degree: 120
Minor: No
Combined-Degree Program : No
Website: www.clas.ufl.edu/ids

This major studies the characteristics and functions of the nervous system. Core courses ensure that students acquire a background in basic sciences, biology and brain science. Through elective courses and completion of an independent research project, supervised by one of the 45 faculty within the Center for Neurobiological Sciences, students can specialize in area(s) of particular interest to them. These areas can include neurochemistry, neurophysiology, neuroembryology, neuroplasticity and brain/ behavior relations. Concentrations are available in behavioral neurobiology, cellular and molecular neurobiology and cognitive neuroscience.

Many graduates continue their study in neural sciences, including graduate school, professional school in health sciences and the pharmaceutical industry. Contact Dr. Neil Rowland, Psychology Building, Room 359, 352-392-6639.