Courses taught in the Integrative Studies Program under the II-prefix provide students and faculty with opportunities to approach complex questions and discuss difficult subjects from an interdisciplinary perspective. II courses promote scholarly inquiry and investigate academic possibility. Whether the course is situated in an interdisciplinary field of study—such as Women’s & Gender Studies, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Environmental Studies or American Studies—or offers an innovative approach to a traditional area of disciplinary study, its content and structure challenge students to rigorously examine how knowledge is produced and transmitted from multiple perspectives. In this way, II courses offered through Keene State College’s ISP program present interdisciplinarity as a constructive, collaborative mode of cultural production, which intersects with both theory and practice in the academic, artistic, and professional fields.
II courses are structured to pursue these ends through a set of stated outcomes that expect that students will be able to:
- identify multiple disciplinary perspectives to explore complex questions;
- synthesize connections between multiple disciplinary perspectives;
- reflect upon and recognize the position (e.g. discipline, identity, experience) from which they interpret and construct knowledge;
- analyze cultural assumptions and social values from multiple disciplinary perspectives;
- collaborate on integrating insights from multiple disciplines.
While it is not possible (nor should it be necessary) for all II-courses to fulfill each of these outcomes, these outcomes serve as boundaries markers which designate the ISP’s “local” definition of interdisciplinarity.