Courses bearing the II-prefix in the Integrative Studies Program blend perspectives or methods from two or more academic fields to help you think creatively and understand that knowledge can be approached—and aggregated—from several different viewpoints. Interdisciplinary courses help you understand the relationships between different branches of knowledge or academic disciplines.
You’ll choose from courses in our interdisciplinary programs—Women’s & Gender Studies, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Environmental Studies, Criminal Justice Studies, or American Studies—or from interdisciplinary courses offered by a member of the faculty in an academic program, as in the examples below. Interdisciplinary courses complement coursework in traditional academic fields of study by encouraging
- thinking about how personal and cultural knowledge is constructed
- analysis of the assumptions and actions of society from multiple perspectives
- appreciation for artistic, philosophical, cultural, scientific, technological, economic, social, and political approaches
- assessment of your own role and responsibilities as a member of a diverse community.
Examples of II Course Offerings
The Evolution of Mathematics: IIMATH310
This course places into context the way that mathematics developed due to economic, scientific, and cultural needs around the world. Students from a variety of disciplines, including history, art, and psychology to name a few, bring enlightening insights to the discussion from their varied perspectives.
R. Jardine – Professor of Mathematics
The Physics of Music: IIPHYS305
Examining fundamental musical concepts such as harmony from both the music and physics perspectives, students gain insight into both the aesthetic nature of harmony and its exact, idealized definitions through ratios of pitch’s frequencies as encountered in the naturally-occuring overtone series.
S. Harfenist – Associate Professor of Physics