Interdivisional Studies


B.A. in Humanities

The interdisciplinary humanities program allows qualifies students to design their own majors through a combination of the various humanities departments (English, foreign languages, fine and performing arts, history, philosophy, theology). The program consists of thirty upper-division hours: either six in each of three humanities departments or nine in each of two departments; three in one of the same departments or a different humanities department (double majors may take a course outside the humanities); six in program electives; and three in a synthesis paper (HUM 495), which will enable the student to integrate the major program around an idea or methodology. A student may demonstrate speech competency by passing CMM 150, or 312, or through a certified proof of competency.

Suggested patterns of integration are cultural (e.g., American or European Studies), a history of ideas (a study of the historical growth and development of major ideas such as justice, freedom, or nature), or an original pattern of integration. The latter is reserved for those students who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.

Those wishing to apply for admission to a major in this program should consult with the program director (either of languages and literature or of philosophy and theology) in the spring semester of the sophomore year. Applicants will be assigned to a faculty adviser who will aid in the development of the proposal of study for the junior and senior years. Those submitting proposals should take into account the availability of courses, tentative plans for the synthesis paper (HUM 495), and the required distribution of courses within the humanities. Formal approval of the proposal by the chair will constitute admission to the major.

Basic Skills Courses

These courses are designed to help those students whose high school records and college entrance examinations indicate an inadequate background for college level reading, writing, and mathematics. Individualized instruction in reading, composition, and grammar is offered to meet the needs of each student enrolled. The writing program is under the administration of the Department of English, the reading program under the Department of Teacher Education, and the mathematics program under the Department of Mathematics.

Career Development

The College offers courses to assist students in setting and researching personal and career goals. Courses are offered such as:

SDV 001. Effective Study Skills (1) This course is designed to help students develop effective study techniques. Topics to be covered include time management, reading skills, note taking, how to take tests, and how to concentrate.

SDV 101, Freshman Seminar (0) This course is designed to assist first-time freshmen in making an effective transition to Spring Hill College. The course is structured to meet in small groups. It is taught by the students' academic advisers. All first-time freshmen are required to complete this course. Topics include: academic policies, core curriculum, degree requirements, time management, opportunities for involvement on campus, and career introduction.

SDV 101. Transfer Students Seminar (0) This course is designed to assist transfer students in making an effective transition to Spring Hill. Topics include: transfer credit, degree audits and requirements, core curriculum, academic policies and procedures, time management and financial aid requirements.

SDV 201. Career Development (1) This course provides the foundation for effective personal career management. Each student will be asked to develop and manage a career direction consistent with personal aspirations, skills, and current opportunities.

SDV 301. Internship (3-6) An active learning experience in a professional work environment related to a student's major concentration. A maximum of six credit hours may be earned.

Chemistry - Business

An interdisciplinary major combining courses in business and chemistry provides the academic background for careers in the chemical industry or other technology-related enterprises. This curriculum is designed for students who have interest and ability in the sciences, by who do not feel drawn to research or direct involvement in laboratory science, preferring to seek employment in management or sales. This major is also intended to serve the public interest, in that many areas of business and public service need leaders who are trained solidly in the basic sciences.

General Studies

The Bachelor of Science in General Studies allows students whose academic career needs cannot be satisfied through existing majors to design majors of their own, subject to consultation with an adviser and the approval of a faculty committee. The following guidelines apply:

  1. All are required to meet core curriculum requirements.
  2. All are required to complete a total of two courses in professional studies (business, communication arts, and/or teacher education).
  3. All are required to complete with a grade of C or higher thirty to thirty-six semester hours of upper-division courses in a planned program with specific academic or career focus.
  4. Comprehensive requirements may be fulfilled in a way appropriate to the approved program.
  5. Declaration of intent to pursue a general studies major should be made no later than the student attaining the status of a second semester junior.
  6. A student desiring to pursue the major must have his/her plan of studies approved by the General Studies Committee.
  7. A major with a business component should include, at the minimum, courses required for the minor in business and management.
  8. Students shall submit their proposed plans of study to the General Studies Committee prior to pre-registration for the first semester of their senior year.

International Studies

The degree program in international studies is designed to provide the basic tools needed for an educated person to understand the complexities of the international and interdependent world in which we live today. Because of the overlapping nature of politics and economics at the global level, the core of the program revolves around courses in the departments of political science and law, and economics.

On a more practical level, this degree program addresses five broad areas of international employment besides teaching and research:

  • Non-governmental organizations with international political, economic, and social programs.
  • International banking, business, and finance.
  • Political risk analysis and intelligence.
  • Those branches of the United States government concerned with American foreign policy, such as the State Department, Defense Department, CIA, AID, etc.
  • The United Nations and its affiliated agencies, such as the ILO, FAO, IMF, and the World Bank.

Leisure Sports and Recreation

Designed to contribute to the development of the whole person, to offer healthy life choices, and to provide students with skills and knowledge in a variety of sports and physical activities, the leisure sports and recreation courses are generally taught by the staff of the Student Life Division. All courses are offered on Pass/Fail basis. NOTE: While students may take a number of LSR courses, a maximum of two may be applied toward credits required for graduation. A student, after completing one LSR course, may take others on a space available basis only.

Minor in Women's Studies

Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary program which focuses on women's experiences in many facets of society and culture. The courses offered in the Women's Studies program address the effects of factors such as class, race, region, religion, age, historical period, politics, health, ability, sexuality, and the cultural context on women. Through courses in art, literature, history, philosophy, theology, psychology, sociology, political science, communications, and health, women's lives and experiences are examined and analyzed.


The Military Science Department offers a progressive program that will enhance student education regardless of academic endeavor. The program is designed to improve the leadership abilities of students; develop managerial skills; inform students concerning the roles, missions, and capabilities of the army; and train qualified ROTC students to become commissioned officers in the National Guard, Reserve, and U. S. Army. Military Science is an accredited field of minor study. Students may take Military Science courses and receive graduate credit in lieu of Physical Education courses. National Guardsmen, reservists, veterans and former JROTC students may receive advanced placement by requesting it through the PMS.