Interested in a degree that combines two complementary content areas?

A logical selection of courses combining disciplines in the student’s areas of interest.

A total of 36 credits: 24 in a primary area, 12 in a secondary area. Program of study to be designed in consultation with an academic advisor in the primary area.


  • At least 9 credits of research seminars at the graduate level
  • One masters-level research/analysis project of at least one semester and a minimum of 3 credits
  • The program of study must be clearly and logically defined and must be approved by the relevant academic department and the coordinator of Liberal Studies.

A Sample Curriculum: Interdisciplinary Program in Literature/Writing and Cultural Studies

Primary Area: Literature and Writing (24 credits)

ENG 5450, Issues in British Literature and Culture 1750-Present: Novel and the City (Research Seminar)
ENG 5250, Issues in British Literature and Culture 750-1750 (Research Seminar)
ENG 5340, Novel in America
ENG 5255, Folklore, Fairytales, and Children’s Literature
ENG 5010, Advanced Composition and Rhetoric
ENG 5145, Writing Narrative: Form and Theory
ENG 6240, Major Author—American (Research Seminar)
ENG 6910, I/S: Masters Thesis

Secondary Area: Cultural Studies (12 credits)

HIS 5110, Ante-Bellum America
ANT 5310, Myth, Magic, and Religion
FLM 5020, Semiotics and Cinema
FLM 5610, Film Studies Seminar (Research Seminar)


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