College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Interdepartmental Major

Broad-based coursework
The Interdepartmental Major is designed for students who are interested in a variety of disciplines and don't want to choose just one as a major. Students in this major are exposed to a broad course of study in the traditional liberal arts and sciences which fosters skills such as

  • Conceptual analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Disciplined writing
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Ethical and moral reasoning
  • Strong leadership

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must complete 32 credits of General Education Requirements as follows: 4 credits each of Literature, Philosophy/Religion, Arts, and History, and 8 credits each of Social and Natural Sciences.

To complete the Interdepartmental Major, students must take 40 additional credits from the following list of disciplines. These 40 credits must include a minimum of 4 credits from each of these 6 areas of knowledge.

  • Literature
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Art
  • History
  • Social Science
  • Natural Science

Upon completion of the Interdepartmental Major, students will have earned a total of 72 credits in these areas of knowledge.

Interdisciplinary majors and minors
One of the hallmarks of an Alfred University education is the ease with which students can take courses in all 14 divisions of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as the other schools and colleges within the university. Students who have a particular interest in mind but who wish to take advantage of courses in a variety of disciplines may want to choose one of our established interdisciplinary majors or minors or they may wish to take advantage of our individually structured major.

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