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Integrative Studies

Students will develop the skills and habits of mind needed to work with quantitative information in daily life: numbers in the news, taxes, debt, inflation, probability. Emphasizes real-world, open-ended situations. Topics include estimation, algebraic reasoning, linear and exponential models, descriptive statistics, and spreadsheets. Fall, Spring. 

Introduces students to skills and ways of thinking essential to intellectual inquiry. Students will pose a creative and complex question; investigate it with critical analyses of reading, research, and data; and use appropriate research techniques and documentation to produce a substantial writing project.

This course explores poverty from multiple perspectives. Drawing from disciplines like Biology, Sociology, Art, Film, and Literature, students will discover how different perspectives bring interdisciplinary meaning to the issue of poverty. At the end of the course, students will demonstrate an ability to discuss poverty from an interdisciplinary perspective. Fall, Spring.

This course will explore the complex topic of mercury in our environment and its impact on society. Students will engage with faculty to understand the health and environmental consequences of emissions of this toxin and will be challenged to develop recommendations that limit adverse societal impacts working in multidisciplinary teams. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Spring.

In this interdisciplinary study of the writings of Beauvoir and Sartre, we will consider feminist, philosophical, literary, historical, and ethical analyses that examine whether genuine love is possible in existentialist thought. This course will be team-taught by Philosophy and Women's Studies faculty members. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Spring.

What water issues are facing our world? In this interdisciplinary course, students will critically examine current water issues that impact humankind using both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Students will incorporate two or more academic disciplines to evaluate and educate others about their findings in a technical report. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Spring.

Learn what it means that knowledge is constructed, not received; explore non-Western ways of knowing and being. Using psychology, philosophy, history, and anthropology to understand different concepts of reality, our examination of knowledge construction will include readings, movies, songs, poetry, meditation, guest speakers, and personal experiences in different ways of knowing. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Fall, Spring.

We live in an unjust world. What can citizens do? What is the role of the media and formal/nonformal education? Is change possible? This interdisciplinary course uses tools from sociology and education in analyzing the systemic nature of social justice and equity issues. Includes involvement in a social change project. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101.

This transdisciplinary course will explore health practices that emphasize the mind-body-spirit connection and complement conventional medicine. Students will examine western and complementary medical and psychological research analyzing health benefits, therapy risks, access issues, social factors and cultural factors. Selected complementary health practices will be demonstrated. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP including ITW-101 and IQL-101. Spring.

An interdisciplinary examination of globalization, drawing from the fields of sociology, history, economics, and politics. Students will critically examine the current forms of globalization by studying underlying theories and practices found in international organizations and corporate entities and assess how cultural activities may solidify or resist the directions of globalization. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Fall, Spring.