Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

Established Concentrations

American Indian and Indigenous Studies

American Indian and Indigenous Studies Concentration. This concentration deals with the issues and concerns of indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere while seeking to understand historical, political, social, and religious structures from an indigenous perspective.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Concentration. This program offers students in Liberal Arts and Sciences the opportunity to pursue coursework and research in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the College of Medicine. Students take classes in such areas as biochemistry, molecular cell biology, molecular biology, biotechnology, molecular genetics, structural biology, or physical biochemistry. Their research projects enable them to learn modern biochemical approaches and laboratory techniques. Graduates of the program usually pursue advanced degrees in the life sciences or apply to professional school in medicine, veterinary medicine, or dentistry.

Biological Illustration

Biological Illustration Concentration. This program helps students acquire a background in biological illustration, including disciplinary perspectives and techniques from such fields as botany, zoology, entomology, and medical or archaeological anthropology. Students may prepare for professional work in museums, botanical gardens, academic programs, or research organizations.

Film and Media Studies

Film and Media Studies Concentration. The interdisciplinary B.A. in film and media studies is intended for students seeking a liberal arts approach to audio-visual studies, including work in criticism, theory and history of film and video media, along with some basic production experience. The program is adaptable to a broad range of media applications, including experimental, documentary or scientific concentrations, as well as mainstream popular culture.

Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies Concentration. The Latin American Studies concentration within the CLAS interdisciplinary undergraduate major (IDS-LAS) offers UF students the opportunity to pursue individualized study in an increasingly important region of the world (e.g., Brazil is Florida’s largest trading partner), making use of UF’s extraordinary resources.

Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)

Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) Concentration. The interdisciplinary approach of MEMS is designed to address the distinctive forms of cultural organization in the middle ages and early modern period.

Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (MELC): Arabic

Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (MELC): Arabic Concentration. The Arabic language is the key to understanding the culture and history of more than 22 nations and over 206 million speakers. It is the language of an ancient civilization and today is spoken widely across North Africa, the Middle East, and the Arabian Peninsula. Arabic is also the liturgical language of over a billion Muslims and it is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. The interdisciplinary major in Arabic language and culture allows students to develop an appreciation for the complexity of the many facets of the Arab world: its society, culture, history, arts, religions, and literary heritage. This major is therefore ideal for students considering careers in diplomacy, journalism, consulting, business, foreign service, translation, and academia. Future graduates would be in great demand for advanced studies in any of these fields.

Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (MELC): Hebrew

Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (MELC): Hebrew Concentration. By assuming an interdisciplinary approach to Hebrew language and culture, students acquire knowledge of the close relationships between politics, history, religions, arts, and cultures in Israel. In addition to working toward proficiency in Hebrew, students will develop close reading and critical thinking skills. Students graduating with this major will find job opportunities in Jewish community organizations, the government, and consulting. In addition, due to the interdisciplinary nature of the major, students will be well prepared for the rigor of graduate studies in the humanities.

Modern European Studies

Modern European Studies. Undergraduate students interested in Modern European studies have the opportunity to study the geographic region of Europe from an interdisciplinary perspective that incorporates area and language studies. Students are required to take four semester of language study to gain language proficiency beyond the introductory level. Students also have the chance to engage in study abroad programs related to CES programs and European Studies more broadly. Students may choose appropriate disciplines such as anthropology, economics, geography, history, modern languages, political science and/or sociology to design the core of a major that culminates in a thesis. Through such experience students acquire a thorough knowledge of cultural, economic, political and social interrelationships.

Neurobiological Sciences

Neurobiological Sciences Concentration. This program is designed for undergraduates interested in the biological basis of behavior. Students learn about the characteristics and functions of the nervous system from the perspectives of several disciplines such as basic sciences, biology, and brain science. Students pursue concentrations and research under the supervision of faculty of the Center for Neurobiological Science in such areas as behavioral neurobiology, cellular and molecular neurobiology, and cognitive neuroscience. Many graduates of the program have continued their work in neural sciences in graduate school or health sciences in professional school. Others have worked in the pharmaceutical industry.

Sustainability Studies

Sustainability Studies. Students taking the Minor in Sustainability Studies select from a wide-ranging menu of courses to craft a personalized, 18-credit interdisciplinary program of study. Courses taught by faculty from numerous departments and colleges address the integrated pursuit of ecological stewardship and environmental health, economic prosperity, and social justice. The minor is explicitly designed to complement any major. A gateway course, “Facets of Sustainability,” introduces the theory, principles, and practices of sustainability as approached through a variety of topical concerns and academic fields. Students subsequently select 4-5 courses from a roster of courses that span multiple disciplines to gain a broad exposure to sustainability-related curricula. A capstone course, "Sustainability in Action," allows students to develop practical experience and skills by way of internships, service learning opportunities, or integrated research projects.

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