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2012-2013 Catalog

School of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Plan for Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A.I.S.)



Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A.I.S.)

1.     General Admission Requirements. Admission to Graduate Studies (see graduate admission 
        requirements).
2.     Program Admission. In addition to meeting university admissions requirements for a graduate degree
        students must submit their official GRE scores. Admission to the M.A.I.S program is based on an evaluation
        by the program's admission committee of the following information: 
        1.     A one-page essay that states the student’s reasons for applying to the program and his or her career
                goals and research and scholarly interests, if any.
        2.     Submit official GRE scores and have an Admissions index of 1,400 or higher (if taken prior to August
                1, 2011) or 980 (if taken on or after August 1, 2011), obtained by either of the following:

                If taken prior to August 1, 2011:  GPA on at least the last 60 semester credit hours times 200
                Plus GRE score (Verbal + Quantitative)

                If taken on or after August 1, 2011:  GPA on at least the last 60 semester credit hours times 200 Plus
                15 times (Verbal + Quantitative – 260)

3.     Degree Plan. The degree plan embodies the goals to be achieved by the student at the completion of the 
        program, as indicated by the proportion of the course work required in each concentration. The degree plan
        is drawn up by the degree plan counselor, in consultation with the student, the concentration advisors, and 
        the M.A.I.S. program director. The plan is approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences. Degree plans
        should be completed within one semester of admission to the program.
4.     Degree Requirements
        a. a minimum of 36 graduate semester hours (s.h.) with a final grade of at least a B in each course
        b. 15 s.h. maximum in any one concentration except INDS
        c. INDS 6312 (Introduction to INDS) can only be taken twice.
        d. COSC 6360 and COSC 6361 will NOT count toward the 36 semester hour requirements.
5.    Core Courses and Concentrations.
        a. MAIS core requirements (9 s.h.)
            i.     For all MAIS students (3 s.h.)
                  INDS 6312 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies, (Students must have Graduate Admission to the
                  MAIS program and take within the first 15 semester hours). 
           ii. For first concentrators in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Forensic Science, or Math (6 s.h.)
                  INDS 6328 Philosophy of Science
                  INDS 6305 Interdisciplinary Research Project (To be taken in last 15 s.h. of the program.) 
                  This course requires prior approval of supervising instructor and advisor.
           iii. For first concentrators other than Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Forensic Science, or 
               Math (6 s.h.)
                  INDS 6324 Ethics, or
                  INDS 6326 Social Philosophy, or
                  INDS 6305 Interdisciplinary Research Project (To be taken in last 15 s.h. of the program.)
                  This course requires prior approval of supervising instructor and advisor.
       b. First Concentration (12-15 s.h.)
           Options: Bioinformatics, Biomedical Sciences, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, 
           Digital Gaming & Simulation, English, Film, Forensic Science, History, Homeland and International 
           Security*, Mathematics, Psychology, Publishing, or Religion.
       c. Second Concentration (9-12 s.h.)
           Options: Bioinformatics, Biomedical Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal 
           Justice, Digital Gaming & Simulation, Education, English, Film, Forensic Science, History, Homeland and 
           International Security*,   Mathematics, Psychology, Publishing, or Religion.
 
        d. Special Options:
            1.  Upon the advisement and recommendation of the MAIS program director and their first concentration
                 advisor, students may write a 6-hour interdisciplinary thesis.  These students will not be required to 
                 take INDS 6305 Interdisciplinary Research Project.
            2.  Students may replace the second concentration in one discipline with 9-12 s.h. of courses from any
                 graduate offerings designed around a theme or topic.  The student must submit a written rationale for 
                 this grouping of courses to the M.A.I.S. program director and the first concentration advisor before 
                 the completion of 15 s.h. in the program.  The proposal is subject to the approval of both the program
                 director and the concentration advisor.

*Homeland and International Security Concentration Specific Requirements:

1.     Core (6 credit hours):
        Students will follow the basic MAIS core program

2.     First concentration (15 credit hours):
        A. Students will take the following 12 credit hours:
         1) HINS 6310: Theories of Political Violence
         2) HINS 6311: Domestic Terrorism and Hate Groups
         3) HINS 6312: International Terrorism and Religious Violence
         4) HINS 6313: Unconventional Warfare Since 1945

        B. Students will choose 3 credit hours from among the following:
          a)  HINS 6300: Special Topics in Homeland and International Security 
          b)  CRIJ 6300:  Special Topics in Criminal Justice
          c)  HIST 6311: 20th Century US History
          d)  HIST 6316: Nazi Germany
          e)  COSC 4350: Information Security, Privacy and Ethics
          f)  RELN 6312: Religion and Media
          g)  RELN 6313: Philosophy of Religion

3.    Second concentration recommendations (9 credit hours):
    A.  Criminal Justice
    B.  Business (Management)
    C.  Religion (May not use RELN 6312 or 6313 for both concentrations)
    D.  History (May not use HIST 6311 or 6316 for both concentrations)
    E.  Forensic Science

4.    Thesis (6 credit hours)
       It is recommended that students write and defend a thesis.


5.    Foreign Language (Pre- or Co-Requisite):
       Students will take 12 credit hours (undergraduate or graduate) or demonstrate proficiency in a foreign 
       language (other than Spanish), preferably Arabic.  They may substitute Study Abroad language programs for
       appropriate language credit with permission of their advisor.  Credit hours may be transferred from another 
       institution.