The Division of Multidisciplinary Programs, a new division only recently developed in 2012, integrates the previous Office of Interdisciplinary Programs with a couple of other original programs. This unique division offers several degrees, a few of which are made to be tailored to meet a student's needs.
As Stephen F. Austin State University is dedicated to offering the Lumberjack population those opportunities that will best prepare them for the challenges of living and working in a global community, it is the belief of our division that one of the strongest opportunities that we can provide is the option for interdisciplinary study and learning.
The degree programs housed within this new division are interdisciplinary in nature and have been designed to offer academic opportunities for students whose professional and educational desires either do not correlate with traditional major programs offered at the university or those who are seeking degrees that stress the importance of interdisciplinary discussion and knowledge. In this sense, students can personalize their own degree by merging two or more relatable areas of study to fit their needs.
This type of learning situation encourages students to broaden their academic horizons through participating in our enriching programs. These programs have been thoughtfully designed to display how similar academic and professional exchanges occur in differing arenas of study. We believe that linking these studies together better prepares students to solve complex problems encountered in everyday life.
Information on each of the major programs can be found by following the corresponding link found on the left hand side of this page.
In addition to our regular introductory courses, we offer specialized upper level courses as well. Check out some of them below!
Philosophy 490: Contemporary Philosophers of the EnvironmentAn Advanced Studies in Philosophy course, this class considers issues involving the moral significance of humans, non-human animals, plants, ecosystems, and the biosphere as a whole. Two giants in the field of Environmental Ethics, Leopold and Holmes Rolston III, provide the lenses through which these issues will be examined. The course begins by examining Leopold's seminal ideas found in his "A Sand County Almanac". It will then transition to Holmes Roslton III's recent book, which represents the culmination of his career-work in the field of Environmental Ethics, a discipline he helped found. In many ways, this class will examine how Rolston's work is a more rigorous, philosophical justification of Leopold's ideas.
Dr. Owen M. Smith and Dr. Anne Collins Smith, Associate Professors
of Philosophy and Classical Studies in the Division of Multidisciplinary
Programs, recently edited the 14th edition of the popular ethics textbook
Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Moral Issues (McGraw-Hill, 2014).
The Smiths were invited by the publishers to take over responsibility for
this textbook after the previous editor retired. In addition to replacing
many of the articles in the anthology and writing supplemental material
for every chapter, they also updated the accompanying Instructor's
Resource Guide with discussion suggestions and sample questions for
all of the new articles.
Dr. Owen M. Smith and Dr. Anne Collins Smith co-authored and recently published "A Prison for Others-A Burden to Oneself," in The Dynamics of Interconnections in Popular Culture(s) by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. A comparison of women's roles in the Prisoner series of 1967 and the 2009 AMC remake, this chapter contrasts gender roles in the remake and original versions, along with examining parallels between the two sources.
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