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.
Come see us at Showcase Saturday on March 29th from 1:30-4 in the Rec Center! Meet members of our faculty while learning about the program and how it can best suit your needs.
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.
In the News
Drs. Owen Smith, Anne Smith, Kelly Salsbery and Ben Dixon participated in a panel at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference in Albuquerque, NM on February 20th. Each presented a paper on the titled theme: "The Metaphysics of Alternate Realities in Speculative Fiction".
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.