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CONSTANCE C. RELIHAN, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Director of University College

University College fosters the growth of interdisciplinary and cross-college academic programs, and its programs are designed to provide intellectual opportunities for students whose interests, aptitudes, and career goals range widely across college boundaries. It is the home of the University Interdisciplinary Studies undergraduate major, and the Sustainability, Information and Cyber Analysis, and Leadership minors. The Exploratory Advising Center for incoming freshmen who are in the process of determining the academic major they wish to pursue is also part of University College.

Individuals applying to Auburn as first-time College students have the option to enroll as Exploratory students, without having to select a particular major or college.  Exploratory students are advised by a group of cross-trained advisors and career counselors who provide intensive and personalized advising designed to help them choose the major that most closely meets their academic aptitudes and interests as well as their long-term goals. This option does not replace undeclared major options in Liberal Arts, Sciences and Mathematics, or Engineering. Instead, its goal is to assist students who are uncertain which broad academic area they wish to pursue. All students who enter Auburn University as Exploratory students must select a college or specific major by the end of their second semester. Students who enter Auburn as transfer students are not eligible to enroll as Exploratory.

Interdisciplinary Studies Courses

IDSC 2190 FOUNDATIONS OF INTERDISCIPLINARY UNIVERSITY STUDIES (3) LEC. 3. Introductory course to the theories and approaches for Interdisciplinary Degree seeking majors. Students will work alongside academic and career advisors to produce an approved plan of study.

IDSC 4930 INTERDISCIPLINARY CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (3) LEC. 3. Pr. IDSC 2190 or UNIV 2190. Capstone course designed to apply Interdisciplinary Degree Coursework to a senior thesis project. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

IDSC 4980 INTERDISCIPLINARY CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (3) LEC. 3. SU. Pr. (IDSC 2190 or UNIV 2190). Pr. IDSC 2190 or UNIV 2190, passed with a grade of C or better; admitted to the IDSC degree program. Capstone course designed to apply Interdisciplinary Degree Coursework to a service learning, or internship project. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

IDSC 5950/5953 GRADUATE FOOD SYSTEMS SEMINAR (1) SEM. 1. This is a required course for graduate students in the Food Systems Graduate Certificate Program. Discussion and presentation of integrated and interdisciplinary food system topics. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 2 credit hours.

IDSC 6950/6956 GRADUATE FOOD SYSTEMS SEMINAR (1) SEM. 1. This is a required course for graduate students in the Food Systems Graduate Certificate Program. Discussion and presentation of integrated and interdisciplinary food system topics. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 2 credit hours.

Leadership Courses

LEAD 2000 FOUNDATIONS OF LEADERSHIP (3) LEC. 2. LAB. 1. Introductory course for students pursing the Leadership Minor.

LEAD 4000 LEADERSHIP IN PRACTICE (3) LEC. 3. Capstone course in interdisciplinary leadership minor.

Sustainability Studies Courses

SUST 2000 INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABILITY (3) LEC. 3. Introduction to the interdisciplinary study of sustainability. May count either SUST 2000 or HONR 1027/HONR 1037.

SUST 4900 DIRECTED STUDIES IN SUSTAINABILILITY (1-3) IND. SU. Departmental approval. Advanced individual research and/or coursework in the field of sustainability studies. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

SUST 5000 SENIOR CAPSTONE IN SUSTAINABILITY (3) LEC. 3. Pr. SUST 2000. Capstone research seminar for students completing the Minor in Sustainability Studies.