Liberal Studies Program

Interdisciplinary Studies Option

About the Interdisciplinary Studies Option

The Interdisciplinary Studies Option is designed for students interested in a broad liberal arts education. Students take courses in the language arts, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. As part of this option, students are required to complete a specialization track. General Education and Title V requirements are completed outside the major. However, Interdisciplinary Studies Option students may double-count six units between GE and the major.

The Interdisciplinary Studies Option leads to a variety of career options. Students may pursue graduate education in fields such as law, public administration, social services, the arts, and urban planning. Liberal Studies students are eligible for most jobs in which a college degree is required. Your Liberal Studies degree signifies to others that you are a capable well-rounded individual who can accomplish complex tasks and communicate well with others. The CSUN Career Center is available to explore your many career options.

Students interested in the Interdisciplinary Studies Option are encouraged to complete the Interdisciplinary Studies online workshop. Continuing students or students who have recently applied to CSUN will receive an individualized evaluation via email in 10-15 working days after completing the online workshop.


 Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree, Interdisciplinary Studies Option:

Major/General Education: Two courses from the Common Core Requirements may be double counted with General Education. (Courses with an * symbol are not General Education.)
Grading: Courses must be taken for a letter grade unless offered Credit/No Credit only.

Complete each Common Core requirement [33-36 units]

  1. The Global Humanities [3 units]
    HUM 101
  2. Philosophy and Culture [3 units]
    CHS 111, HUM 105, LING 200, PHIL 150, PHIL 202, RS 150
  3. Social Science [3 units]
    ANTH 150, ECON 175, HIST 111, POLS 225, PSY 150, SOC 150
  4. Language other than English [3-4 units]
    ARMN 101, CHIN 101, CLAS 101G, CLAS 101L, DEAF 160*, FREN 101, GERM 101, HEBR 101, ITAL 101, JAPN 101, KOR 101, RUSS 101, SPAN 101
  5. Literature [3 units]
    AAS 321, AFRS 344, AFRS 346, CAS 421*, CHS 380, CHS 381, ENGL 300, ENGL 311, ENGL 316, ENGL 364, FLIT 331, RS 310
  6. Cultural Studies [3 units]
    AAS 345, AAS 430*, AFRS 300, AFRS 368*, AIS 301, ANTH 315, CAS 303*, COMS 356, ENGL 312*, ENGL 313, ENGL 333, ENGL 430*, ENGL 455*, GWS 340, GWS 350*, GWS 410*, QS 302, RS 378
  7. Intermediate/Advanced Writing [3 units]
    AFRS 350*, ENGL 305*, ENGL 406*
  8. The Environment [3-4 units]
    CAS 355*, GEOG 316/L, RTM 351*, SUST 300, URBS 310
  9. Science, Technology Culture [3-4 units]
    ASTR 352, BIOL 362/L, COMP 300, EOH 353, GEOL 300, HSCI 345, PHIL 325, PHIL 330, PHYS 305/L
  10. Ethics [3 units]
    GWS 360, JS 318, PHIL 349, RS 301*
  11. Cultural Theories and Methodologies [3 units]
    HUM 391*

 Complete one Specialization Track below [21-22 units]

Track A: Humanities [21 units]

Track A: Humanities (.pdf)

Complete each of the following areas:

  1. Human Thought and Culture [3 units]
    HUM 106
  2. The Arts I [3 units]
    ART 110, ART 112, ART 114, KIN 236/L, MUS 105, TH 110
  3. The Arts II [3 units]
    ART 305, ART 315, KIN 380/L, KIN 428, MUS 309, MUS 310, TH 310, TH 315
  4. Intellectual History [3 units]
    ENGL 436, ENGL 438, HIST 303, HIST 304, JS 300, SPAN 307
  5. Cultural Studies [3 units]
    AIS 401, ANTH 468, AAS 347, CAS 350, CHS 453, GWS 315
  6. Cultural Theory [3 units]
    AFRS 386, CHS 351, COMS 301, COMS 356, GWS 301, GWS 350, LING 325, PAS 386, PHIL 343, PHIL 344, RS 356
  7. Capstone Seminar [3 units]
    HUM 491
Note: It is the student's responsibility to meet all prerequisites prior to enrollment.
BOLD and ITALICIZED: These courses cannot be double counted with the Common Core courses in the major
  • Total units in major: 54 - 58 units
  • General Education and Title V: 48 units
  • Additional units: 14 - 18 units
  • Total for a B.A. degree: 120 units

Track B: Human Rights [21 units]

Track B: Human Rights (.pdf)

Complete each of the following areas: 

  1. Ethics Moral and Legal Issues [3 units]
    AAS 347, ANTH 432, BLAW 391, CADV 452, GWS 360, PHIL 165, PHIL 349, PHIL 365, RS 36
  2. Human Rights and Social Movement [6 units]
    AFRS 271, AFRS 272, AFRS 361, CAS 364, CAS 369, CADV 310, CHS 420, CHS 460, GWS 300, GWS 350, POLS 197
  3. Human Rights in Los Angeles [3 units]
    AIS 401, CHS 360, HIST 380, POLS 380, URBS 380
  4. Gender and Sexuality [3 units]
    AFRS 324, AFRS 325, AAS 340, ANTH 308, GWS 370, GWS 380, GWS 430, JS 330, KIN 385, QS 302 
  5. Human Rights in the United States [3 units]
    AIS 304, CHS 473, GWS 320, HIST 479L, RS 361, SOC 390, URBS 425
  6. Human Rights in the Global Context [3 units]
    CAS 355, CAS 366, EOH 353, GWS 340
Note: It is the student's responsibility to meet all prerequisites prior to enrollment.
BOLD and ITALICIZED: These courses cannot be double counted with the Common Core courses in the major
  • Total units in major: 54 - 58 units
  • General Education and Title V: 48 units
  • Additional units: 14 - 18 units
  • Total for a B.A. degree: 120 units

Track C: Sustainability [21-22 units]

Track C: Sustainability (.pdf)

Complete each of the following areas: 

  1. Best Practices in Sustainability [3 units]
    SUST 310
  2. The Scientific Basis of Human-Ecosystems Interactions [3-4 units]
    BIOL 327, EOH 356A, GEOG 316/L, GEOG 416, GEOG 444, GEOG 459
  3. Society and the Environment [3 units]
    ANTH 346, ANTH 430, CAS 355, EOH 353, JS 151, RS 370, RTM 251, RTM 351, RTM 496ST, SOC 350, URBS 150, URBS 310, URBS 400
  4. Environmental Economics [3 units]
    ECON 300, ECON 360
  5. Policy, Law, and the Environment [3 units]
    BLAW 481, EOH 352, EOH 454, POLS 461, POLS 464
  6. Elective Course [3 units] 
    ANTH 346: Urban Anthropology (3) (P)
    ANTH 430: Ecological Anthropology (3)(P)
    ANTH 486: Interrogating Globalization: The Ethnography of Global Problems (3) (P)
    BIOL 327: Ecology and People (3) (P) (GE: Lifelong Learning, Information Competence)
    BIOL 533/592C: Conservation Biology (3/1) (P)
    CAS 355: Environment, Development and Social Exclusion in Central America (3)
    CHEM 541/L: Environmental Chemistry I/Lab (2/2) (P)
    CHEM 542/L: Environmental Chemistry II/Lab (1/2) (P)
    CMT 336/L: Fundamentals of Green Buildings (1/2) (P) (GE: Lifelong Learning, Information Competence)
    ECON 300: Economic Principles and Problems (3) (P) (GE: Social Sciences)
    ECON 360: Environmental Economics (3) (P) (GE: Social Sciences)
    EOH 454: Environmental Health Law (3)
    EOH 468: Air Pollution and Health (3) (P)
    FCS 414: Senior Comprehensive Interior Design Project (3-3) (P)
    FCS 496S: Sustainability in Family and Consumer Sciences (3) (P)
    FCS 512: Sustainable Building and Interior Design (3)
    FCS 516: Interior Design and the Building Process (3)
    GEOG 316: Environmental Geography (3)
    GEOG 351: Urban Geography (3) (Social Sciences) (P)
    GEOG 364: Geography of World Ecosystems (2)
    GEOG 416: Global Warming (3) (P)
    GEOG 444: Conservation (3) (P)
    GEOG 459: Environmental Impact Studies (3) (P)
    JS 151: Natural Environment and Judaism (1) and *RTM 151F: Survival (2)
    *JS 318: Jewish Ethics and Society (3)
    ME 122: Energy and Society (3) (GE: Lifelong Learning, Information Competence) (P)
    ME 322: Principles of Recycling and Municipal Solid Waste Management (3)
    ME 482: Alternative Energy Engineering I (3)
    ME 483: Alternative Energy Engineering II (3) (P)
    ME 485: Introduction to Environmental Engineering (3) (P)
    MGT 466: Strategic Leadership of Sustainability (3) (P)
    POLS 461: Environmental Policy (3)
    POLS 464: Comparative Public Policy (3)
    RS 370: Religion and Ecology (3)
    RTM 251: Recreation and the Natural Environment (3) (GE: Lifelong Learning, Information Competence)
    RTM 351: Outdoor and Environmental Education (3)
    RTM 481: Principles of Sustainable Tourism (3)
    RTM 530: Cultural Aspects and Global Perspectives in Tourism (3)
    URBS 150: The Urban Scene (3) (GE: Social Sciences)
    URBS 300: The Planning Idea (3) (P)
    URBS 310: Growth and Development of Cities (3) (GE: Social Sciences)
    URBS 400: Planning for the Natural and Built Environment (3) (P)
    URBS 415: The California Environmental Quality Act for Urban Planners (3)
    P = Course has prerequisite(s). Please refer to University Catalog for more information.
    * = Course is a pre-approved substitution. Please alert your advisor if italicized courses are taken so that the propersubstitution can be processed during your last semester of attendance.
  7. Applied Sustainability [3 units]
    SUST 401
Note: It is the student's responsibility to meet all prerequisites prior to enrollment.
BOLD and ITALICIZED: These courses cannot be double counted with the Common Core courses in the major
  • Total units in major: 54 - 58 units
  • General Education and Title V: 48 units
  • Additional units: 14 - 18 units
  • Total for a B.A. degree: 120 units

Track D: Russian Studies [22 units]

Track D: Russian Studies (.pdf)

Complete each of the following areas:

  1. Elementary Russian II [4 units]
    RUSS 102
  2. Intermediate Russian [3 units]
    RUSS 201
  3. Conversation and Reading [3 units]
    RUSS 200, RUSS 202
  4. Composition, Conversation, and Translation [3 units]
    RUSS 308, RUSS 310
  5. Literature and Culture [6 units]
    FLIT 380, FLIT 485, RUSS 380, RUSS 390
  6. History [3 units]
    HIST 449, HIST 450
Note: It is the student's responsibility to meet all prerequisites prior to enrollment.
BOLD and ITALICIZED: These courses cannot be double counted with the Common Core courses in the major
  • Total units in major: 54 - 58 units
  • General Education and Title V: 48 units
  • Additional units: 14 - 18 units
  • Total for a B.A. degree: 120 units

Track E: China Studies [22 units]

Track E: China Studies (.pdf)

Complete each of the following areas:

  1. Elementary Mandarin II [4 units] 
    CHIN 102
  2. Intermediate Mandarin Chinese I [3 units]
    CHIN 201
  3. Intermediate Mandarin Chinese II [3 units]
    CHIN 202
  4. Philosophy, Religion, and Art [3 units]
    ART 413, PHIL 344, RS 390
  5. History and Geography [6 units]
    GEOG 324, HIST 490, HIST 491A, HIST 491B
  6. Politics and Society [3 units]
    POLS 435A, SOC 333
Note: It is the student's responsibility to meet all prerequisites prior to enrollment.
BOLD and ITALICIZED: These courses cannot be double counted with the Common Core courses in the major
  • Total units in major: 54 - 58 units
  • General Education and Title V: 48 units
  • Additional units: 14 - 18 units
  • Total for a B.A. degree: 120 units

Track F: Interdisciplinary Specialization [21 units]

Track F: Interdisciplinary Specialization (.pdf)

Specialization Guidelines:

  1. The Interdisciplinary Specialization must reflect a carefully structured interdisciplinary program, which includes at least two but normally three disciplines. 
  2. The Interdisciplinary Specialization should focus on a particular theme in the Liberal Arts. For example: Los Angeles Studies, Arts and the Media, Comparative Cultural Studies, or General Sciences. 
  3. Students should propose an Interdisciplinary Specialization that will enhance their future educational and/or career goals. 
  4. It must consist of at least 21.0 semester units of which 15.0 units must be at the upper division (300-499) level. 
  5. The Interdisciplinary Specialization and the General Education requirements may not be double counted. 
  6. Six units in the Interdisciplinary Specialization may be double counted with lower and upper division major requirements with approval of the Liberal Studies Program

Note: It is the student's responsibility to meet all prerequisites prior to enrollment.

  • Total units in major: 54 - 58 units
  • General Education and Title V: 48 units
  • Additional units: 14 - 18 units
  • Total for a B.A. degree: 120 units

New Student Course Registration Packet, Interdisciplinary Studies Option - Spring 2018