Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS)
IDS 280. Interdisciplinary Thinking and Writing. 3 Credits.
The course will examine the nature of academic disciplines and fields and the way in which knowledge is generated, organized, and shared. Basic assumptions and orientations will be compared and contrasted in the humanities, social sciences, and science disciplines. Current literature in the field of interdisciplinary studies will be presented, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches in the health fields. F,S.
IDS 399. Interdisciplinary Topics. 1-3 Credits.
Topics, problems, or texts that connect or draw upon two or more academic disciplines will be studied. Repeatable when topics vary. Regular or S/U grading. Repeatable to 9 credits. F,S,SS.
IDS 491. Capstone Interdisciplinary Seminar. 1-3 Credits.
This seminar will be organized by the director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program to act as a point of reference for students working on their Senior Projects in the program. The projects will vary from semester to semester, so the focus will shift accordingly. Not repeatable. Prerequisite: IDS 280. Corequisite: IDS 498. S.
IDS 495. Service and Citizenship. 3 Credits.
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. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing. F,S,SS.
IDS 498. Senior Project. 3 Credits.
The project will be designed on an area of interest which the student has defined. It will include data or material from a variety of disciplines or fields which the student finds relevant to the issue under study. The student will synthesize the cross-cutting information into a creative/original whole and discuss applications of this new approach. Repeatable to 6 credits. Prerequisite: IDS 280. Corequisite: IDS 491. Repeatable to 6 credits. F,S.