IS2225 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies

Gives introductory Interdisciplinary Studies students a structured opportunity to frame and plan a deliberate and thoughtful interdisciplinary program of study. Topics covered include: What does it mean to be an educated person? What are the dominant philosophical models of education, and what are their limits and strengths? How is interdisciplinarity changing the shape both of higher education and of knowledge in general? How can technology enhance interdisciplinary education and collaboration? Students work with faculty advisors to create their Interdisciplinary Studies contract, and work to develop a personal learning network that they can expand and cultivate during the course of their undergraduate education and beyond. Pass/No Pass. Falls and Springs. (TECO)

IS3005 Interdisciplinary Studies Practicum

Gives students the opportunity to explore connections across fields related to a theme or topics of their choice. The possibilities are many, as students work with a faculty advisor to propose and execute a project related to their degree. The practicum may entail (but is not limited to): the planning of a conference, either at the University or in their community; the execution of an activist event such as a rally; the publication of a collection of essays; the launch of a Web site; the production of a documentary; the writing of a business plan; the application of a grant; or, the execution of an internship. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits. Pass/No Pass. Falls and Springs. Prerequisite(s): IS 2220 or IS 2225; Interdisciplinary Studies majors only.

IS4425 Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Seminar

Gives senior-level Interdisciplinary students the opportunity to reflect on what they have accomplished through their program of study. Students examine current theories and debates in Interdisciplinary Studies, as well as consider the ways their coursework can be integrated with questions related to key categories of inquiry that shaped their programs, such as diversity, global awareness, and what it means to be an educated person. As part of this seminar, each student will undertake a thesis project that will bring her/his education to a culmination, thus providing a capstone experience. This thesis may take many forms (a long paper, a presentation, a multimedia project, a film, a web site, etc.), will incorporate both quantitative and qualitative thinking and the use of technology-related tools, and will be accompanied by a written piece that functions as a process paper, summarizing the project’s integrative construction and conclusions. Pass/No Pass. Falls and Springs. Prerequisite(s): Interdisciplinary Studies majors only. (INCO/WRCO)

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