Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

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. SP (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 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.