General Education Curriculum
In keeping with The W's Mission, the General Education Program provides students with the skills, knowledge, and values they need to become independent, productive members of society in our continually changing world.
The W's General Education Program provides a foundation in the liberal arts that includes knowledge in the historical, literary, aesthetic, scientific, and cultural traditions that shape the world, and fosters skills that allow students to become civically responsible life-long learners ready to adapt to new challenges.
All students who complete the Mississippi University for Women general education program will demonstrate:
- Critical Thinking
- Effective Communication
- Cultural Literacy
- Quantitative & Technology Skills
- Understanding of Self, Global Societies, & the Natural World
- Life-Long Learning
Bachelor of Arts Requirements
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must include the following courses (or demonstrate equivalent competency) in their academic program:
- Foreign Language 101-102 8 semester hours
- Foreign Language 201-202 6 semester hours
To fulfill the language requirement for the B.A., students must complete the 202 level or above in a foreign language. For information on foreign language placement, see the Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy section in the Bulletin. If, upon entering the University, a student already has sufficient background to be successful in 201-202, he/she does not need to enroll in 101-102. The requirement is in essence six hours credit at the 200-level or above.
- Complete a minimum of 124 credit hours to graduate -- Note: No more than 62 semester hours of community/junior college coursework (including AP and CLEP credit) can be applied to any baccalaureate degree.
- Complete University General Education Curriculum.
- Any course used to satisfy the University General Education Curriculum cannot be used toward the 39 hours required of the major.
- Complete 27 or more hours of the required 124 credit hours at the 300- or 400-level within the two disciplines that comprise the student’s major program of study.
- Complete a minimum of 12 hours in at least two different academic disciplines.
- Minimum grade of C.
Select two disciplines with minimum of 12 hours in each. (Total of 36 semester hours required)
Discipline Area I (minimum of 12 semester hours)
Discipline Area II (minimum of 12 semester hours)
The following is a list of approved disciplines for Interdisciplinary Studies:
Health & Kinesiology
Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
*Art - Studio Courses – All courses are studio art courses.
**Art History – All courses are art history courses.
General Electives (28 semester hours)
IS 499 Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone (3 semester hours)
Prerequisite: Senior standing and approval of the Dean of Arts and Sciences
A faculty-supervised senior project designed to synthesize the disciplines the student has pursued in the Interdisciplinary Studies degree. The student’s project proposal must be approved in advance by the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee. The student must submit their project and present an oral report on the project.
Total Hours Required for a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: 124 Semester Hours