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2017-2018 CSU East Bay Catalog 
2017-2018 CSU East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education: Interdisciplinary Studies and Special Certificates

Hayward Hills Campus MapOffices of Academic Programs and Graduate Studies

General Education Office: Student Services and Administration (SA) building, 1st Floor, Phone: (510) 885-2941
Interdisciplinary Studies and Special Certificates Office: Student Services and Administration (SA) building, 4th Floor, Ste 4500
Phone: (510) 885-3716


Important Notice: The Interdisciplinary Studies and Special Certificates programs are currently undergoing review.  Students interested in pursuing the Interdisciplinary Studies B.A. or B.S. or a Special Certificate should contact Linda Beebe in the General Education Office, SA 1500 for forms and information.


Nancy M. Thompson (History), Ph.D. Stanford University (Director, Undergraduate Studies and General Education)

Jennifer L. Eagan, Ph.D. Duquesne University (Coordinator, Interdisciplanary Studies and Special Certificates)

General Information

GS courses are interdisciplinary courses not housed in any department or college. They are primarily designed for General Education purposes.

About the Program
The purpose of the Interdisciplinary Studies Major and the Special Certificate programs is to allow students, with the advice and approval of knowledgeable faculty and administrators, to design their own academic programs tailored to their unique needs and interests.
At least two separate degree-granting programs must be involved. An undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies Major must be approved no later than the time when the student has 60 quarter units of work remaining to complete for the degree, including at least 40 units in the Interdisciplinary Studies Major. This ensures that a significant portion of the program is planned in advance by the student and his/her faculty advisors. The diploma will read Interdisciplinary Studies Major In (program title).
The Interdisciplinary Studies Major program should not be seen as a device to avoid certain requirements of a regular major, nor as a means to gain admission to an impacted program. Likewise, an Interdisciplinary Studies Major cannot be developed in areas such as architecture, agriculture, and home economics where the campus currently lacks the necessary faculty expertise and physical facilities. Finally, an Interdisciplinary Studies Major is not a self-study, independent study, or external degree program.


    Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of ScienceCertificate (Undergraduate) Program