Academic Catalog 2017-2018 by American University in Bulgaria

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Page 54 of Academic Catalog 2017-2018

twentieth-century cultural studies ancient studies business communications and public relations eastern european studies early modern studies environmental policy film studies marketing and communication medieval and renaissance studies modern languages and cultures performing and visual arts political communication social sciences theatre and film visual communications women s studies note the self-designed major is available only as a single-diploma american degree program this sdm is offered for students with exceptional motivation vision and creativity in consultation with faculty members the student creates a unique plan of study that is not part of the current aubg curriculum and that bridges two or more content areas other than two major program areas and is not a subcomponent of one major or minor discipline the result is an interdisciplinary degree that focuses on integrated learning in multiple areas with sufficient depth to conduct research across fields of knowledge students completing an sdm will receive diplomas with their specific interdisciplinary field listed as the title of the degree e.g “b.a in political communication” or “b.a in women s studies” students graduating with a self-designed major will be able to do the following  develop critical thinking skills by locating identifying and utilizing the relationships between academic disciplines  · synthesize theories methodologies and experiences gained from at least two disciplines  demonstrate mastery of interdisciplinary praxis i.e the ability to turn multiple theories and knowledge bases into fully realized concrete demonstrations of new knowledge and applications  value the pursuit of academic knowledge utilizing creative and individualized objectives that result in intellectual growth requirements for self-designed major a self-designed program requires well-developed thinking skills a strong sense of academic motivation a keen interest in exploring linkages in fields of study and strong self-discipline working with a discipline-appropriate faculty member the interested student must develop a proposal for a self-designed major that is intellectually cohesive and does not duplicate other educational learning opportunities available through minors and other majors singularly or in combination the student will work with this faculty member to develop an academically sound and intellectually rigorous sdm proposal that will be reviewed by the self-designed major committee for approval as a single-diploma major proposal the proposal is written in conjunction with a faculty member who will serve as the chair of the student s program proposal forms for the sdm are available at the registrar s office the proposal will be reviewed by the self-designed major committee composed of three faculty members one from the humanities one from the social sciences and one from the sciences or math disciplines the committee will examine the proposal for clarity and precision of focus the intellectual and methodological skills to be acquired from the proposed plan of study and the plan s divergence of content intent and ethos from currently offered programs total 36 credit hours required courses 2 courses 3 credit hours sdm 301 junior capstone project one credit sdm 401 senior thesis two credits elective courses 33 credit hours 18 credit hours completed at the 300 and/or 400-level no more than 18 credit hours from any one discipline with approval students may transfer up to sixteen credit hours from other accredited institutions and may take up to six credits of independent study policies on double-counting courses for majors and minors apply to this program as do all general education requirements.