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Interdisciplinary Studies

Your degree, your way.

The Major in Interdisciplinary Studies allows students to organize their own academic interests around a central theme or focus. See Program Details for examples of study.

This B.A. program is housed in the Faculty of Arts, and is overseen by the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee, consisting of three faculty members from the Faculty of Arts Council. Each student will design his or her own program with the guidance of the Committee. The Committee will ensure that each student has a supervisor who will direct the independent study project at the 4000-level, and serve as the student’s academic advisor. The student’s individualized course map will be approved by the Committee, reviewed annually, and revised if necessary.

Conseiller ou conseillère aux études

Dr. Sara MacDonald

Téléphone : (705) 675-1151, ext. 4201

Courriel : sZMacDonald@laurentian.ca

Bureau : Laurentian University Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6 Office - A254

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Mode de prestation : Sur campus/en ligne
Langue du programme : Anglais

The Major in Interdisciplinary Studies is a four-year program which requires students to select three subject areas of study in Arts, as well as a fourth area for a Minor.  In their final year, students take a capstone project course with a faculty supervisor which brings together the different themes of their program.  The project can be a research essay or literature review, or it can incorporate a creative project.

After students are admitted into the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, the coordinator will prepare an individualized Plan of Study that reflects their interests.  For example, here is a possible Plan of Study:

Sample Plan of Study (120 cr total)
Major in Interdisciplinary Studies - 42 cr
    Arts Discipline 1 - Psychology - 15 cr PSYC 1000/2000/3000 level
    Arts Discipline 2 - Sociology - 12 cr SOCI 2000/3000 level
    Arts Discipline 3 - History - 9 cr HIST 2000/3000 level
    Capstone Project:  ARTS-4005, Independent Study Project - 6 cr
Minor in Criminology - 24 cr
Electives - 54 cr 

Ontario High School Applicants

Program Prerequisites:

  • 1 grade 12 English U/M course; 5 other grade 12 U/M courses
  • A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses


Students in the Major in Interdisciplinary Studies are eligible for direct entry from high school, college, or other post-secondary studies.  They must submit a plan of study to the Department of History, preferably in their first year of study at Laurentian University, indicating their thematic field of interest, and the three Arts disciplines that they propose to combine in the Major.  The Interdisciplinary Studies Committee will review proposals in consultation with the chairs, directors, or coordinators of the academic units involved, who must sign off on the student’s plan of study before it can be approved.  The student’s individualized course map will be approved by the Committee, review annually, and revised if necessary.  A copy of the approved course map also will be shared with the Office of the Registrar for their records.


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Sara Burke

Vice-Dean, Faculty of Arts

Laurentian University
Sudbury, ON  P3E 2C6
Office - A254
Tel (705) 675-1151, ext. 4201, sburke@laurentian.ca

Interdisciplinary Studies in Arts Committee:

Dr. Sara Burke, Department of History, Laurentian University, sburke@laurentian.ca


Application Form:

Click here to download the application form.

Note pour les étudiants actuels

Les options de grade ci-dessous seront offertes lors de la prochaine année universitaire et ne le sont pas cette année. Si vous cherchez les cours à suivre afin de compléter les options d'un programme d'une année universitaire antérieure, svp consultez avec un conseiller académique.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Total 120 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.


Major in  Interdisciplinary Studies  (ALSO OFFERED ONLINE)

12-18 cr from first Arts discipline

9-12 cr from second Arts discipline

9-12 cr from third Arts discipline

ARTS 4005 EL - Independent Study Project (6 cr)

* The 42 credits for the Major in Interdisciplinary Studies must include at least 6 cr at the 3000 level, and no more than 6 cr at the 1000 level. Students may choose to combine any three disciplines available within the B.A.



  • In order to get a BA, students must include 6 credits in linguistic awareness, 6 credits of Indigenous content, and 6 credits in the Sciences if not part of the other minor or second major. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.
  • Students must complete a minimum of a minor (24 credits) or a second major (42 credits) from among their elective credits.
  • Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.



With guidance from a faculty supervisor, you can design your own major around a
central theme, combining courses from 3 different Arts disciplines.

Complete a capstone project in your fourth year of study. 

ENGL-1550EL - English Language Learning: Academic Reading and Writing FREN-1050FL - Beginner level : Oral and written communications in French as a second language/Communication orale et écrite LANG-1005FL - Grammaire appliquée à la rédaction INDG-2406EL - Indigenous People and Newcomers in Encounter in Eastern Canada GREC-2116EL - Introduction to Classical Greek I GREC-2117EL - Introduction to Classical Greek II
ANTR-3047EL - Public Health and Epidemiology ENGL-3305EL - Postcolonial Literary Studies ENGL-3395EL - Special Topics in Modern and Contemporary Literature ENGL-3396EL - Core Seminar Group 3 ARTS-4005EL - Independent Study Project

Liste des membres du corps professoral

Individualized Thematic Studies Committee