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Interdisciplinary Studies Course Descriptions
HUM 283 Integrated Source Analysis (3 credits)
In this course, students will examine chosen issues in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities and will gain a general familiarity with the academic and popular forums of writing and research in each discipline. They will become familiar with the research methodologies of each discipline and learn to integrate the different methods and perspectives with their own analysis.
HUM 408 Writing Across the Disciplines (3 credits) OR IDS 495: Service and Citizenship (3 credits)
HUM 408: This course will provide students an upper-level, intense writing experience that focuses on methods and strategies of writing in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Students will engage in the process of integrating disciplinary materials and writing tactics as well as formulating written responses to topics of current concern. Prerequisites: ENGL 120/125/130 and junior or senior level status.
IDS 495: Students will design community service projects, or will join existing projects, and engage in volunteer action during the semester. Class meetings on campus will center on a critical discussion of volunteerism and community service; current literature on service learning will be studied. Self-assessment of experiential learning outcomes, as well as a portfolio and essay will be required. IDS 495 is not a requirement of any IDS track; however, students may choose to include this course in their plan of study. This course fulfills an Essential Studies social science requirement. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing.
IDS 399: Interdisciplinary Topics (1–3 credits)
This course was created to allow various faculty an opportunity to offer unique, and sometimes experimental, interdisciplinary courses that focus on issues, topics, or problems whose study necessarily draws on more than one academic discipline. Topics vary from course to course; classes are usually taught in a seminar/discussion format and are often team-taught. See the current class list for topics. IDS 399 is not a requirement of any IDS track; however, students may choose to include this course in their plan of study.