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15. Upper Division Fulfillment Options 

Option A (1) Disciplinary Minor (a minimum of 12 hours determined by the department), or 
  (2) Second Major, or 
  (3) Second Degree 
Option B  Interdisciplinary Minor* (specifically, 12 hours, 3 of which may be in the major) 
Option C An approved Certification Program such as teaching licensure 
Option D

Six (6) hours of elective upper division courses from outside the student's major discipline and college.

In the College of Arts and Letters, courses will be divided into two components: Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences. Arts and Letters majors will be permitted to take upper division courses in their non-major component for this requirement, or courses from another college. By definition the Arts and Humanities component will include: Art, Dance, English, Foreign Languages, History, Music, Philosophy and Theater. The Social Sciences component will include: African American Studies, Asian Studies, Anthropology, Communication, Criminal Justice, Geography, International Studies, Political Science, Sociology and Women's Studies.

Study Abroad courses may be used for this option. At the discretion of, and with prior approval from the department, Study Abroad courses in the same discipline as the major or from the same college or component may be used.

Students must satisfy all prerequisites before enrolling in any upper division course.

*Note: As a way of including the option for a discreet integrational experience in the upper division curriculum that the Revision Committee recommended, the members of Committee A saw the current cluster concept as a viable building block. As originally conceived, the clusters were meant to be interdisciplinary and integrational. Committee A therefore recommended that the clusters be expanded into 12-hour interdisciplinary minors. They will replace the current clusters, but continue their pedagogical intent to examine a topic from the perspective of different disciplines. As with the current clusters, it is possible that one course may come from within the major discipline for the interdisciplinary minor.

Further, Committee A recommends that each interdisciplinary minor be housed within a department that is willing to manage it and to certify students who take it. (Some departments and chairs have already expressed an interest in taking on specific clusters as interdisciplinary minors.)

Unlike the current clusters, interdisciplinary minors will be included on students' transcripts.