Individualized Thematic Studies

Your degree, your way.

The Major in Individualized Thematic Studies allows students to organize their own academic interests around a central theme or focus. See Program Details for examples of study.

This B.A. program is housed in the Faculty of Arts, and is overseen by the Individualized Thematic Studies Committee, consisting of three faculty members from the Faculty of Arts Council. Each student will design his or her own program with the guidance of the Committee. The Committee will ensure that each student has a supervisor who will direct the independent study project at the 4000-level, and serve as the student’s academic advisor. The student’s individualized course map will be approved by the Committee, reviewed annually, and revised if necessary.

Academic Advisor

Dr. Sara Burke, Vice-Dean, Faculty of Arts

Telephone: (705) 675-1151, ext. 4201

Email: sburke@laurentian.ca

Office: Laurentian University Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6 Office - A254

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EXAMPLE 1:  Literature and Geography: The Migration of Cultural Production (42 cr)

Arts Discipline 1: English (12 cr)
ENGL 2656EL    Northern Ontario Literature
ENGL 2676EL    Popular Literature and Culture I
ENGL 3305EL    Postcolonial Literary Studies

Arts Discipline 2: Geography (12 cr)
GEOG 1027EL    Introduction to Human Geography
GEOG 2216EL    Cultural Geography
GEOG 3297EL    Selected Topics in Human Geography
GEOG 4217EL    Population and Development

Arts Discipline 3: Anthropology (12 cr)
ANTR 2046EL    World Ethnology: Peoples of the World
ANTR 2005EL    Child Rearing Across Cultures
ANTR 4056EL    Advanced Topics in Social/Cultural Anthropology

Capstone Course (6 cr)
ARTS 4005EL Independent Study Project: (6 cr):  Literature and Geography:  The Migration of Cultural Production


EXAMPLE 2:  Shakespeare and History in Popular Culture (42 cr)

Arts Discipline 1: English (15 cr)
ENGL 2005EL    Literatures in English
ENGL 2676EL    Popular Literature and Culture I
ENGL 3125EL    Shakespeare

Arts Discipline 2: History (12 cr)
HIST 2406EL    Early Modern British History
HIST 2547EL    Later Medieval Europe
HIST 3476EL    Crime and Punishment in England 1500-1900
HIST 4466EL    Tudor Britain

Arts Discipline 3: Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (9 cr)
WOMN 2107EL    Women and Popular Culture
WOMN 3015EL    Feminist Theories

Capstone Course (6 cr)
ARTS 4005EL Independent Study Project: Shakespeare’s History Plays and the Stark/Lannister Divide in the Game of Thrones

MAJOR IN INDIVIDUALIZED THEMATIC STUDIES

 

Admission Requirements:

Students with a minimum of 30 university credits are eligible to apply for admission to the Major in Individualized Thematic Studies.  Students must submit an application form and university transcript to the Vice-Dean for the Faculty of Arts through the Office of the Dean of Arts, indicating their thematic field of interest, and the three Arts disciplines that they propose to combine in the Major.

 

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Sara Burke

Vice-Dean, Faculty of Arts

Laurentian University
Sudbury, ON  P3E 2C6
Office - A254
Tel (705) 675-1151, ext. 4201, sburke@laurentian.ca


Individualized Thematic Studies Committee:

Dr. Sara Burke, Department of History, Laurentian University, sburke@laurentian.ca

Dr. Aven McMaster, Department of Ancient Studies, Thorneloe University, amcmaster@laurentian.ca

Dr. Daniela Moisa, Department of Culture and Communication, University of Sudbury, dmoisa@usudbury.ca

 

Application Form:

Click here to download the application form.

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


BACHELOR OF ARTS (4 YEAR)

Total 120 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

MAJOR IN INDIVIDUALIZED THEMATIC STUDIES (42 credits)

12-18 cr from first Arts discipline

9-12 cr from second Arts discipline

9-12 cr from third Arts discipline

ARTS 4005 EL - Independent Study Project (6 cr)

* The 42 credits for the Major in Individualized Thematic Studies must include at least 6 cr at the 3000 level, and no more than 6 cr at the 1000 level. Students may choose to combine any three disciplines available within the B.A.

 

Notes:

  • In order to get a BA, students must include 6 credits in linguistic awareness, 6 credits of Indigenous content, and 6 credits in the Sciences if not part of the other minor or second major. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.
  • Students must complete a minimum of a minor (24 credits) or a second major (42 credits) from among their elective credits.
  • Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

 

With guidance from a faculty supervisor, you can design your own major around a
central theme, combining courses from 3 different Arts disciplines.

Complete a capstone project in your fourth year of study. 

Year:

ARTS-4005EL - Independent Study Project

Individualized Thematic Studies Committee

Dr. Sara Burke, Department of History, Laurentian University
Dr. Aven McMaster, Department of Ancient Studies, Thorneloe University
Dr. Daniela Moisa, Department of Culture and Communication, University of Sudbury

Sara Burke

Faculty of Arts