Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

North Plaza Building, Suite 125
(435) 652-7814
http://dixie.edu/integrated/

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Department Chair
Jeffry Yule, Ph.D.

Department Secretary
Barbara Turnbow

Faculty

Jeffrey Yule, Ph.D. (English), Ph.D. (Evolutionary Biology), Associate Professor

Nancy Ross, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Senior Advisor

Charles Cornwall, B.S. (Professional & Technical Writing)

Degree Program Descriptions

The Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, in coordination with the Honors Program, serves as a hub for interdisciplinary activities on campus and as a home for both the Integrated Studies baccalaureate degree program and the Individualized Studies baccalaureate degree program.

Integrated Studies (BA/BS) Degree Program

The Integrated Studies program at Dixie State University provides opportunities for students to earn a bachelor’s degree different from traditional, discipline-specific programs. Students select two emphasis areas from the following: Art (2 tracks available), American Sign Language, Biology, Chemistry, Communications (3 tracks available), Criminal Justice, Dance, Digital Design, Earth Science, English (2 tracks available), History, Humanities, Information Technology, Management, Management & Operations, Marketing, Mathematics, Military Science, Music, Psychology, Recreation Management, Sociology, Software Development, Spanish, Theater, and Web Design & Development.

Students have the flexibility of developing a major program of study that will uniquely suit their personal and professional goals. It presents the advantages of a liberal arts degree while allowing students to combine basic knowledge and explore relationships between two academic or professional fields. This approach enables students not only to assume greater responsibility and ownership of their major areas of study but also to gain knowledge and skills tailored to a specific career or professional pursuit by expanding their training beyond a traditional, discipline-specific curriculum.

Integrative, interdisciplinary study involves bridging traditional academic boundaries to examine the relationships between various disciplines. This approach challenges students to recognize the distinct methodologies and practices unique to different fields of knowledge and to appreciate the significant ways that knowledge results from interactions among these fields. A successful Integrated Studies program will produce a student who understands that learning, itself, is interdisciplinary and integrative in nature and who can identify significant connections between disciplines and incorporate them into his or her education, work, and life.

Employers value skills such as critical thinking, written and verbal communication, and breadth of knowledge and experience. The Integrated Studies program develops these and other important skills necessary for a competitive job market and for life-long learning. Recent graduates have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in business, law, psychology, school counseling, physical therapy, and medicine and to advance in their professional careers and employment.

Integrated Studies Program Admission Requirements

Students must be in good standing with the university and meet with an Integrated Studies program advisor to be admitted to the program. Students may declare a pre-Integrated Studies major before meeting with an advisor; however, they must meet with an advisor and declare their two emphasis areas before they are fully matriculated into the program.

Integrated Studies Program Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Integrated Studies program will

  • Understand the nature and process of interdisciplinary integration

  • Appreciate the unique advantages of integrative research and learning

  • Recognize how interdisciplinary-based research provides important knowledge and insight into complex problems and issues

  • Understand the nature of disciplinary research and scholarship

  • Identify the distinct theories, epistemologies, methods, concepts, and assumptions of two academic disciplines

  • Conduct scholarly research and writing in two academic disciplines

  • Demonstrate integrative understanding of a topic, problem, or phenomenon from two disciplinary perspectives, as demonstrated in the senior project process

Individualized Studies (BIS) Degree Program 

The DSU Bachelor of Individualized Studies is a versatile degree program in which students customize and title their program of study in accordance with their post-graduate pursuits and in collaboration with supportive and enthusiastic faculty mentors. This degree program aims to serve students with the maturity and life experience to participate in the design of their own majors, especially those under-served, nontraditional university populations such as returning, older students who may have a variety of college credits and work experiences but who would not be as well served by a baccalaureate in any single, standard academic discipline.

A unique curriculum that provides its students with the opportunity to build degrees not currently offered at DSU, the Individualized Studies Program requires its students to possess an adaptive, autonomous, and autodidactic attitude. It emphasizes core competencies in written compositionstatistical comprehensionpublic presentation, and collaborative problem solving, competencies that are highly valued by employers across industries and are crucial to producing civic vitality in the 21st century.

The Bachelor of Individualized Studies requires each student to clearly define personal educational objectives and to design a detailed, individualized academic plan that will accomplish those objectives. The students design their plans through a reflective process of self-driven but faculty-guided curriculum building, involving multiple academic disciplines and the Individualized Studies core.

Individualized Studies Program Admission Requirements

Students must be in good standing with the university and meet with the Individualized Studies program advisor to be considered for the program. Full admission to the program depends on the successful completion of INDS 3800/3801, a successful submission of an Individualized Academic Plan to the Individualized Studies Approval Committee, and the agreement of a Thematic Area Specialist who will act as signatory and mentor throughout the development of the Individualized Academic Plan. Students will locate their Thematic Area Specialist during the course of INDS 3800/3801.

For more information contact Dr. Matthew Morin at morin@dixie.edu

Course Prefixes

  • INTS, INDS

Individualized Studies Courses

INDS 3800. Individualized Studies Seminar. 3 Hours.

During the concurrent, tandem course of the INDS 3800 Seminar and the INDS 3805 Lab , the assignments cumulatively build toward the final Individualized Academic Plan (IAP) by requiring students to design, implement,evaluate, and modify their individualized major curriculum proposals within thematic concentrations repeatedly, until their professional and personal goals mesh with their own proposed learning outcomes and the general learning outcomes of the Individualized Studies degree, including the four core fluencies of (1) baccalaureate-level written composition skills, (2) basic competency in statistical comprehension, (3) capable public presentation, and (4) collaborative problem solving. Prerequisite: 60 semester credits or an Associate's degree. Corequisite: INDS 3805. FA, SP.

INDS 3805. Individualized Studies Lab. 1 Hour.

While assignments in INDS 3800 will engage students in a continuous process of self-assessment and plan-building, the INDS 3805 Lab, on the other hand, will provide a scaffolding for student advisement. Students will work, through face-to-face individual meetings with a senior interdisciplinary adviser, deeply familiar with the curricula of departments around DSU, to refine and render technically compliant their IAPs. Corequisite: INDS 3800. FA, SP.

INDS 4100R. Independent Study. 1-3 Hours.

For Individualized Studies majors who wish to pursue a specific focus of study related to their thematic concentration/research interest which is not otherwise available through an existing DSU course. Students are closely supervised by faculty in the design and successful completion of the course. The course is dependent upon a contractual arrangement between the assigned faculty member and the student. This agreement is submitted at the beginning of the semester in which coursework is undertaken, and is contingent upon the department chair's approval. Students meet with the faculty mentor each week to discuss the students' progress, and are required meet the college requirement of 45 hours of engagement per credit. Variable credit 1.0 - 3.0. Repeatable up to 9 credits subject to graduation and program restrictions. Offered based upon sufficient student need. Prerequisite: Individualized Studies major; and advanced standing; and instructor permission.

INDS 4700. Individualized Studies Portfolio. 3 Hours.

Serves as the summative capstone course for students who have been accepted into the Individualized Studies program and are in their final semester of coursework before receiving a Bachelor of Individualized Studies degree. Students will represent prior and on-going learning as well as life experience in the form of an electronic portfolio. The content of the e-portfolio will consist of evidence of competency in the learning outcomes that students craft for their Individualized Academic Plans (IAPs) during the INDS 3800/3805 course and lab. Additionally, students will complete professional documents, such as resumes and cover letters, that will aid them in pursuit of their post-graduate goals. This course guides them through the process of preparing their portfolio. Prerequisite: INDS 3800 and INDS 3805 (Grade C or higher); Instructor permission required. FA, SP.

INDS 4890R. Individualized Study Internship. 1-3 Hours.

Course provides opportunities for Individualized Studies majors to combine real-world experience with academic activities that are designed to support their unique learning and professional objectives. Goals and objectives must be proposed by the student and approved by the faculty mentor. Supplemental assignments will be assigned by the faculty mentor, and will include research and writing components. Students will be expected to meet with the faculty mentor regularly. Students may apply no more than 9 credits of internship courses to the Individualized Studies bachelor's degree. Variable credit: 1.0-3.0. Repeatable up to 9 credits subject to graduation restrictions. Prerequisite: Advanced status; Instructor Permission. FA, SP, SU.

Integrated Studies Courses

INTS 1001. FYE: Integrated Studies. 1 Hour.

A First Year Experience course strongly recommended for all entering freshmen and transfer students with 0-24 credits. ?Provides an orientation to college studies and the college environment for students interested in Integrated Studies and/or a major not currently available. Emphasizing interdisciplinary learning, encourages students to explore themes, issues, and problems in a number of disciplines as a means to developing an integrative, interdisciplinary perspective. Students will refine academic skills, create and foster social networks, learn about college resources, and explore different fields of study, degree options, and career opportunities. Multiple listed with all other sections of First Year Experience (all 1001 courses, ENGR 1000). Students may only take one FYE course for credit. FA, SP.

INTS 3100. Interdisciplinary Studies. 3 Hours.

Required of all Integrated Studies majors. Explores the epistemology, assumptions, research methods, theories, and concepts of each student's emphasis disciplines. Then focuses on the methods, practices, and theories of interdisciplinary study through integrative approaches to complex issues. Students should complete at least two courses in each of their emphases before they enroll in this course. Prerequisite: ENGL 2010 (either Grade C or higher) and instructor permission. FA, SP.

INTS 3801R. Travel Study: Japan in Interdisciplinary Perspective I. 1 Hour.

Travel Study: Japan in Interdisciplinary Perspective I prepares students to participate in the Japan Travel Study summer experience and is intended for students with an interest in the history and culture of Japan and a desire to engage in rigorous interdisciplinary and global academic exploration. The purpose of the course will be to gain an introductory knowledge of the culture and history of Japan, make logistical preparations for international travel, and become aware of customs and norms of relevance to respectful participation in Japan. Additionally, students will design a fieldwork-oriented research proposal, to be carried out in Japan, that reflects disciplinary conventions commonly practiced an academic major. Additional travel fee required. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. FA (odd).

INTS 3802R. Travel Study: Japan in Interdisciplinary Perspective II. 2 Hours.

Travel Study: Japan in Interdisciplinary Perspective II is the project completion phase of the Travel Study: Japan in Interdisciplinary Perspective series. Students will deepen their knowledge and engagement with the research artifacts that they gathered during their summer fieldwork in Japan, such as field-notes, video and sound recordings, and photographs, by conducting secondary-source research in academic databases on an approved interdisciplinary topic. Students will synthesize secondary and primary source research content into textual and media reports featured on the open-access, online portal developed in coordination with the city government of Ibigawa, Japan. Prerequisite: INTS 3801R (Grade C or higher), and instructor permission. FA (odd).

INTS 3900. Interdisciplinary Topics. 3 Hours.

For all interested students; required of Integrated Studies students. Presents a topic, problem, or theme from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Students experience the advantages and necessity of bringing the knowledge, concepts, theories, and methods of multiple distinct disciplines to bear on understanding complex issues and ideas and begin the process of integrating disciplines. Repeatable up to 9 credits as topics vary. Prerequisite: ENGL 2010 (Grade C or higher). FA, SP.

INTS 3930A. Honors Integrated Studies Topics. 3 Hours.

Honors Course. For all interested students; fills INTS 3900 requirement for Integrated Studies students. Presents a topic, problem, or theme from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Students experience the advantages and necessity of bringing the knowledge, concepts, theories, and methods of multiple distinct disciplines to bear on understanding complex issues and ideas and begin the process of integrating disciplines. Research project required which pursues either: 1) a pilot study, such as a lab study or a social science experiment; 2) an experiential learning project, such as fieldwork, social activism, business internship, or similar; or, 3) an original creative piece of work. Prerequisites: INTS 3100 (Grade A) OR admission to the DSU Honors Program OR Honors Program Director permission.

INTS 3950. Interdisciplinary Field Topics [Topic]. 3 Hours.

For all interested students; fulfills topics course requirement for Integrated Studies students. Presents a topic, problem, or theme from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Students experience the advantages and necessity of bringing the knowledge, concepts, theories, and methods of multiple distinct disciplines to bear on understanding complex issues and ideas and begin the process of integrating disciplines. This field version of the standard INTS Interdisciplinary Topics will require some off-campus work and entails a fee. Repeatable up to 9 credits as topics vary subject to graduation restrictions. Additional travel fee required based on topic. Prerequisite: ENGL 2010 (Grade C or higher).

INTS 4890R. Independent Study. 1-3 Hours.

Provides opportunities for majors to engage with an interdisciplinary issue or problem of interest. Projects must be proposed by the student, approved by the department chair, and focused on integrated, interdisciplinary methods and perspectives. All projects will require research and a written product, and students will be expected to meet with the instructor regularly throughout the term. Students may apply no more than 6 credits of Independent Study courses to the Integrated Studies bachelor's degree. Variable credit: 1.0-3.0. Repeatable up to 6 credits subject to graduation restrictions. Prerequisites: INTS 3100; AND Advanced standing. FA, SP, SU.

INTS 4950R. Integrated Studies Senior Thesis. 3 Hours.

This is a minimum two-semester Senior Research and Senior Thesis series that in some cases may extend to three semesters and that provides the culminating experience in the Integrated Studies baccalaureate program. The first semester of this two-semester course focuses on research methods and scholarly writing as students identify project topics and prepare formal proposals for review and approval. In the second semester students develop their thesis topic, theme, issue, or problem and relate their two areas of concentration through careful analysis and creative synthesis, producing a major senior thesis project that exhibits skill in interdisciplinary understanding. Repeatable up to 9 credits subject to graduation requirements. Prerequisites: INTS 3100 (Grade C or higher), senior status, and instructor permission. FA, SP, SU.

Faculty

Department Chair

Jeffrey Yule Ph.D. (English), Ph.D. (Evolutionary Biology)

Professors

Jeffrey Yule Ph.D. (English), Ph.D. (Evolutionary Biology)
Associate Professor

Senior Advisor

Charles Cornwall, B.S. (Professional & Technical Writing)

Assistant Professors

Nancy Ross, Ph.D.

Matthew Morin, Ph.D.