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Integrative Studies

IQL101 Quantitative Literacy

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.

ITW101 Thinking and Writing

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.

II321 Opening to Other Ways of Knowing

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 QL. Fall, Spring.

II322 Neuropsychology of Meditation

This interdisciplinary course draws from neuroscience (which includes biochemistry and physiology) and Buddhist Psychology (which also involves philosophy) to understand the practice of mediation and its benefits. Students will learn a variety of meditative practices and explore research on the neural bases and Buddhist psychological theory underlying this practice. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. Spring.

II330 Toward A Just and Equitable World

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 QL.

II333 Complementary Health Practices

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 QL. Spring.