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Interdisciplinary Studies

University Programs

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Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies: Lynn Mahoney

Director, Undergraduate Program: Tim Caron

Office: LIB 214; Phone: (562) 985-2426

Director, Graduate Program: Cecile Lindsay

Office: BH 303; Phone: (562) 985-8225

University Academic Programs is the administrative designation for a group of University-wide academic

programs that are interdisciplinary in nature. The Interdisciplinary Studies program offers students the opportunity to develop unique individualized cross-disciplinary majors utilizing courses from appropriate departments at California State University, Long Beach. Each student, with the help of department faculty advisors, must select courses and focus his/her major on the basis of a unifying issue, theme or topic called an area of concentration. The area of concentration must meet three criteria to be acceptable:

  • The area of concentration must be interdisciplinary. It must integrate and focus approaches and knowledge from at least two fields or disciplines. The principle of integration can be historical, regional, thematic or problem-focused.
  • The area of concentration must not duplicate any existing major on campus or available at another Los Angeles basin CSU campus. The purpose of the Interdisciplinary Studies major is to create an individualized curriculum where no structure or formal program exists.
  • The area of concentration must be feasible. Each student's proposed program must be discussed with faculty advisors to ensure that the range and number of courses required will be available.

The student must actively plan his/her program and cultivate relationships with assigned or chosen faculty. The student has the initial responsibility in shaping his/her program, with the guidance of the department advisors.