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Degrees and Requirements

Interdisciplinary Studies (Self-Design)

The Self-Design program offers students the opportunity to work with departmental faculty to create their own program guides in ways that help meet their specific educational objectives and career goals.

Several factors to consider:

  • A description or program guide of your intended major from another college or university
  • Knowledge of the competencies you need for achieving your goals and for advancing in your chosen major or career.

    To successfully complete the Self-Designed Major, the following coursework is required:

    • 40 credits of CORE Curriculum courses
    • 48-51 credits from a minimum of two academic disciplines (24 credits in one discipline, 21 credits in the second discipline and a 3-6 credit capstone course); or a maximum of three academic disciplines (15 credits in each discipline and a 3-6 credit capstone course). To maintain an appropriate level of vigor within the major, the program plan must contain coursework at the 3000-4000 level, as determined by the Program Development Committee.
    • 29-32 credits of General Electives (depending on whether the capstone is 3 or 6 credits)
    • A minimum of 120 credits are required for degree, the last 30 of which must be earned at La Roche University.

      In the event that core courses are waived in accordance with La Roche University policy, general electives will be increased to meet the required 120.

Summary of Requirements

CORE Requirements: 40 credits

  • ENGL1011
    ACADEMIC READING AND WRITING

    ENGL1011
    ACADEMIC READING AND WRITING

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course engages students in reading, writing and research practices essential to academic life, including developing a project for a research paper, searching for authoritative materials to use in that project, and presenting it in an edited paper that follows academic conventions of documentation and citation.

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  • ENGL1012
    ACADEMIC WRITING AND RESEARCH

    ENGL1012
    ACADEMIC WRITING AND RESEARCH

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course engages students in reading, writing and research practices essential to academic life, including developing a project for a research paper, searching for authoritative materials to use in that project, and presenting it in an edited paper that follows academic conventions of documentation and citation.

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1011

  • ISTC1010
    DIGITAL LITERACY

    ISTC1010
    DIGITAL LITERACY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course addresses information and technological literacy in the digital age. Students will develop cognitive and technological competencies in both the discovery and evaluation of information, as well as the creation and dissemination of content, all within a digital context. Students will be introduced to a set of basic digital tools, but the focus will be placed on developing the ability to adapt to new and changing technologies in the future.

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  • LRCX1001

    LRCX1001

    Credits (Min/Max): /

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  • LRCX1002

    LRCX1002

    Credits (Min/Max): /

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  • LRCX2001

    LRCX2001

    Credits (Min/Max): /

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  • LRCX2002

    LRCX2002

    Credits (Min/Max): /

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  • MATH1010
    COLLEGE ALGEBRA

    MATH1010
    COLLEGE ALGEBRA

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A traditional study of pre-calculus mathematics with emphasis on functions and relations. Includes a review of linear and quadratic equations, rational expressions, exponents, radicals and logarithms. Polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions are presented together with the conic sections, systems of equations, determinants, the binomial theorem and mathematical induction.

    PREREQUISITES:

    MATH0015 or Exam M015