Sandra L. Terrell, Associate Dean
Donna Hughes, Director of Graduate Services and Graduate Admissions
The Toulouse School of Graduate Studies administers the Center for Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies, which is responsible for the following degree programs:
In addition, all students seeking to pursue any UNT graduate degree, teacher certification, graduate academic certificate or a second bachelor's degree, or who simply wish to register for courses as a non-degree student, must first apply for admission to the School of Graduate Studies. A student who meets the basic standards for admission specified by the School of Graduate Studies is then eligible for admission consideration by one of the degree programs offered at UNT.
Please consult the Admission section of this catalog for information on School of Graduate Studies for general admission standards and procedures and sections of this catalog dealing with particular programs for more specific information on admission standards and procedures.
Note: The interdisciplinary doctoral program in information science, formerly administered by the School of Graduate Studies, is now administered by the School of Library and Information Sciences. Information on this program is included in the School of Library and Information Sciences section of this catalog.
The Center for Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies currently sponsors the following degrees:
The center also is involved in the sponsorship of universitywide efforts to bring together faculty with interests and concerns in specific interdisciplinary topic areas. As these interest groups are formed, information about each will appear in this catalog.
The Faculty of Environmental Ethics is drawn from 19 departments universitywide engaging in interdisciplinary research and instruction involving the ethical issues related to United States and global environmental problems. Teaching areas of the faculty currently include art; the biological sciences; business law; chemistry; communications; economics; education; English; finance; foreign languages and literatures; geography; the health sciences; history; kinesiology, recreation and leisure studies; management; philosophy; political science; psychology; radio, television and film; religion studies; sociology; and social work. The faculty works closely with the Institute of Applied Sciences, the Center for Environmental Economic Studies and Research, the Center for Environmental Philosophy and the major international periodical in the field, Environmental Ethics: An Interdisciplinary Journal Dedicated to the Philosophical Aspects of Environmental Problems.
Faculty members from diverse academic departments regularly teach courses examining women's roles, activities and experiences throughout history and across cultures. These courses expand understanding of gender differences, cultural diversity and social change, while strengthening critical thinking and communication skills. Teaching areas of the faculty currently include anthropology; applied gerontology; communication studies; criminal justice; economics; English, foreign languages and literatures; history; journalism; philosophy; political science; psychology; radio, television and film; religion studies; and sociology. The faculty of women's studies regularly present colloquia and lectures concerning their research and current issues in women's studies.
For further information about women's studies at UNT, please contact the Director of Women's Studies, General Academic Building, Room 302, P.O. Box 305189, Denton, TX 76203-5189; (940) 565-2098.
Donna Hughes, Director of Graduate Services and Graduate Admissions
UNT offers a Master of Arts and a Master of Science with majors in interdisciplinary studies. A minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate courses is required for this degree. However, the program offers the student a high degree of flexibility in the selection of course work.
The major in interdisciplinary studies is coordinated directly by the associate dean of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies. Prospective applicants for this program should discuss their plans with the associate dean.
Applicants for admission to the degree program in interdisciplinary studies must submit (1) a completed School of Graduate Studies application form, (2) complete transcripts and (3) a written statement of purpose outlining the course work areas to be combined on the degree and the goals the applicant hopes to accomplish by completing the degree. In addition, applicants are required to present satisfactory scores on the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Contact the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies for standardized admission test requirements. All of the above materials and scores must be submitted prior to any enrollment for courses leading to the degree.
For both the Master of Science and Master of Arts with a major in interdisciplinary studies, the degree program must include no fewer than three separate fields of study with at least 6 hours in each field. For all sequences no more than 15 hours (including thesis and special problems) may be taken under any one course prefix or subject field. A special committee, representative of each of the several disciplines of the student's program, will be formed to help the student develop the degree plan and supervise the student's progress.
Students may choose the non-thesis option and complete at least 36 semester hours for a Master of Arts or Master of Science. Thesis option requires 30 semester hours plus 6 hours of thesis, for a total of 36 hours. Students must meet the foreign language requirement for the Master of Arts.
For either degree, a comprehensive final examination, oral and/or written, must be completed, ordinarily during the final semester of enrollment. The examination is prepared, administered and evaluated by the members of the student's advisory committee.
Two possible approaches can be taken to designing an acceptable interdisciplinary studies degree program for either the Master of Arts or Master of Science.
Under the first approach, the candidate may plan a program designed to serve a particular intellectual interest not met by any specific degree program available through the traditional disciplines, making use of existing courses from any graduate area of the university.
Under the second approach, students pursue one of several interdisciplinary themes.
These themes provide a somewhat more specialized focus while maintaining the interdisciplinary nature of the program. Each theme generally requires a common core of courses closely related to the area of interest, with provision for inclusion in the program of a number of electives drawn from several disciplines. In developing programs under these themes, students still must meet the general requirements for the interdisciplinary studies degree outlined above. Prospective students should note that in all cases the degree awarded upon completion of the program is a Master of Arts or Science with a major in interdisciplinary studies. This approach is not the same as pursuing a degree with a major in a specific discipline.
University courses are interdisciplinary in nature and are available to students working toward the master's degree with the interdisciplinary major.
All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.
The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.
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