Joan Cutone 
9000 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Description of the Program

Interdisciplinary Studies (Self-Design)

Program Guide

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

The Self-Design program offers students the opportunity to work with departmental faculty to create their own program guides in ways that help meet their specific educational objectives and career goals.

Several factors to consider:

  • A description or program guide of your intended major from another college or university
  • Knowledge of the competencies you need for achieving your goals and for advancing in your chosen major or career.

    To successfully complete the Self-Designed Major, the following coursework is required:


    • 40 credits of CORE Curriculum courses
    • 48-51 credits from a minimum of two academic disciplines (24 credits in one discipline, 21 credits in the second discipline and a 3-6 credit capstone course); or a maximum of three academic disciplines (15 credits in each discipline and a 3-6 credit capstone course). To maintain an appropriate level of vigor withinthe major, the program plan must contain coursework at the 3000-4000 level, as determined by the Program Development Committee.
    • 29-32 credits of General Electives (depending on whether the capstone is 3 or 6 credits)
    • A minimum of 120 credits are required for degree, the last 30 of which must be earned at La Roche College.

      In the event that core courses are waived in accordance with College policy, general electives will be increased to meet the required 120.

CORE Requirements: 40 credits

ENGL1011 College Writing I
ENGL1011L College Writing I-Lab
ENGL1012 College Writing II
GLBL/COMM Global/Community Course
ISTC1005 Practical Computer Applications
LRCX1001 LRX:Intro & History
LRCX1002 LRX:Diversity & Discrimination
LRCX2001 LRX:Regions of Conflict
LRCX2002 LRX:Economic Justice
MATH1010 College Algebra
SLAE Select Aesthetics
SLLT Select Literature

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