Program Overview

Design your future with the online Interdisciplinary Design degree at Point Park University. This unique program provides students the chance to actively create their own curriculum, giving them the opportunity to tailor their education to fit their professional goals. The degree is perfect for those seeking to work in specialized fields or those with college credit who want to complete their bachelor’s degree.

Curriculum Overview

This fully online program combines two to three disciplines of your choosing for a truly well-rounded program of study. Students will take a required core curriculum and work with personal advisors to ensure they accomplish their academic goals. Toward the end of the program, students will also be required to complete a project such as a thesis or community service that intersects theory and application in their field of interest.

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  • Next Start Date:January 7, 2018
  • Est. Program Length:2 - 4 Years
  • Credit Hours:120
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$433
 
Thematic Core Courses (42 credits)
  • COMM 101 – Oral Comm. & Pres.
  • ENGL 101 – College Composition
  • UNIV 101 – City-University Life
  • Explore the World
  • Investigate Science
  • Investigate Mathematics
  • Interpret Creative Works
  • Understand People
  • Succeed in Business
  • Appreciate & Apply the Arts
  • Discover Technology
  • Senior Capstone
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Course Description
This course included communication theory, as well as speech preparation, delivery, and communication technology. Student learning focuses on researching, composing, and delivering formal and impromptu speeches and presentations. Topics include research, analyzing and adapting audiences, message construction, outlining, delivery of messages and effective use of visual aids and technology. This course will develop each student’s ability to communicate effectively with respect to audience and purpose. The major emphasis is on the preparation and delivery of presentations ranging from one-on-one pitches, and small group discussion, to large audience speeches.
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Course Description
Students will write argument-based assignments leading to an independently researched project based on academic and professional goals. Students will be required to 1.) find and integrate a variety of sources, 2.) read and analyze these sources, 3.) develop strong thesis statements that reflect perspectives on topics or issues, and 4.) construct persuasive arguments that engage with the viewpoints of experts and commentators. As the term progresses, students will have the opportunity to re-think or revise the ideas and perspectives they explored in earlier writing assignments by engaging with peer feedback and revising earlier drafts. Placement recommendations will require students to take ENGL 101 as a three credit course OR in conjunction with an additional credit of lab or studio instruction. Students who earn F or NP grades in ENGL 101 will be required to re-take the course in conjunction with a one-credit Writing Studio course.*One Writing Intensive course in addition to ENGL 101 is required for graduation.
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Course Description
This course introduces students to the kinds of communities that people construct for themselves (e.g. social, political, artistic, etc.) and the values and dynamics that define such communities (e.g. cooperation, civility, tolerance, responsibility, etc.). The notion of what it means to be a responsible member of the “community” will actively be explored and discussed by engagement and analysis of multiple communities: the classroom community, the Point Park University community, and the Pittsburgh community. Students will also examine the responsibilities they have to their personal academic development.
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Choose two of the following courses:

  • ECON 201 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • GCS 175 – Intro to Global Cultural Studies
  • GCS/MLNG 205 – Languages of the World
  • HIST 201 – Western Civilization I
  • HIST 202 – Western Civilization II
  • PADM 210/POLS 204 – Public Administration
  • POLS 205 – World Geography
  • POLS 250 – Intro to Study of Gov’t Systems
  • PHIL 215 – World Religions
  • SOC/MLNG 260 – Japanese Culture
  • THEA 225 – History Theatre I
  • THEA 226 – History Theatre II
  • Senior Capstone
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • CHEM 101 – General Chemistry I
  • NSET 110 – Intro to Natural Sciences I
  • NSET 111 – Intro to Natural Sciences II
  • NSET 120 – Environmental Science
  • NSET 122 – The Science of Light
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • MATH 150 – The Mathematical Experience
  • MATH 175 – Elementary Statistics
  • MATH 180 – College Algebra
  • MATH 190 – Calculus I
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • EDUC 252 – Children’s Literature
  • ENGL 120 – Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENGL 251 – World Lit: Novels
  • ENGL 252 – The Art of Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 253 – The Art of Poetry
  • ENGL 254 – The Art of Short Story
  • ENGL 255 – Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Literature
  • JOUR 225 – Deconstructing the Story
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Choose two of the following courses:

  • EDUC 220 – Family and Community Diversity
  • EDUC 228 – Educational Psychology
  • HIST 206 – Foundations in Feminism: Women’s History in Western World
  • PSYC 150 – Psychological Foundations
  • PSYC 203 – Theories of Personality
  • PSYC 214 – Psychology of Emotion
  • PSYC 230 – Characterological and Psychotic in Film and Fiction
  • SOC 150 – Sociological Foundations
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • BMGT 271 – The Money Thing: Life and Finances During and After College
  • BUS 404 – Business Ethics
  • CMPS 330 – Electronic Commerce
  • ECON 202 – Principles of Microeconomics
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • ART 100 – Intro to Visual Arts
  • CINE 170 – Intro to Screenwriting for Non-Majors
  • COMM 290 – Seminar in Media Studies
  • COPA 250 – Exploring the Arts
  • EDUC 251 – Art and Music in Teaching
  • ENGL 200 – Creative Writing
  • ENGL 252 – The Art of Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 253 – The Art of Poetry
  • ENGL 254 – The Art of Short Story
  • MLNG 220 – French Literature in Translation
  • PHOT 101 – Photography for Non-Majors
  • THEA 230 – Introduction to Theatre
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • CMPS 114 – Problem Solving with Information Technology
  • EDUC 101 – Technology Literacy in Education for the 21st Century
  • JOUR 103 – Graphic Design I
  • NSET 101 – Intro to Natural Sciences and Technology

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  • HUMA 496 Senior Seminar Thesis Project
  • Independent Studies in Humanities III.
Departmental Major Requirements (54 credits)
The department requires combining 18 hours in 2-3 disciplines. Students must submit proposal combining 2-3 disciplines, with 18 hours of coursework in each. Courses are normally on the 200 to 300 level. The major must receive the approval of the director. After completion of coursework, the major must complete a senior thesis, project or community service as directed by the department director.
Departmental General Requirements (24 credits)
  • Humanities & Human Sciences
  • Language Sequence
  • Approved Credit
  • HUMA 495 Senior Seminar/Thesis Project and/or Community Service
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Choose any combination of:

PHIL 100+ level-6 credits

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Choose any combination of:

HIST 300+ level- 6 credits

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HIST 201 – Western Civilization to the Sixteenth Century
This introductory survey course will familiarize students with major themes and historical events in the Western World from the Ancient World to the 1500s. Students will analyze the major forces, ideas and institutions which influenced the peoples of the world and look at the foundations of Western cultural expansion outward. In this course students will learn to think critically about historical events and how they are interpreted to better understand the relationship between historical events and contemporary interpretation of those events. Students will locate and evaluate primary and secondary texts and use them to write critically about history.

HIST 202 – Western Civilization since the Sixteenth Century
This introductory survey course will familiarize students with major themes and historical events in the Western World from the 1500s to the twenty-first century. Student will analyze the major forces, ideas and institutions which influenced the peoples of the world and examine the impact of Western cultural imperialism. In this course students will learn to think critically about historical events and how they are interpreted to better understand the relationship between historical events and contemporary interpretation of those events. Students will located and evaluate primary and secondary texts and use them to write critically about history.

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Must include a minimum of a 2-course sequence in the same foreign language (courses in translation excluded).
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Approved Credit
Approved Credit in the Liberal Arts may be substituted for Humanities and Human Sciences and/or Cultural Studies General Requirements
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Course Description
Special Topics in Humanities III.

Students applying for entry into Point Park University’s BA in Interdisciplinary Design program should complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Submit official transcripts. To submit your transcripts, print and complete the official transcript request form and fax it to 1-800-473-2512.
  3. Submit current resume.

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