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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.

II201 Tutoring Research and Writing

Drawing on the interdisciplinary fields of composition, information literacy, and literacy studies, this course will introduce students to scholarship and best practices in tutoring research and writing. Students will develop an understanding of information literacy and writing theories and of peer tutoring roles. Recommended for students interested in peer tutoring. Spring.

II291 Skills for a Health Life

2 credits

This transdisciplinary course is designed to prepare students for life after college by translating theory into life skills that include: time management, interpersonal communication, personal food budgeting and preparation, mindfulness and individual physical activity. The course draws from the fields of food and nutrition, public health, psychology, communication and accounting. Fall, Spring.

II292 Personal Finance & Public Policy

2 credits

Trans-disciplinary overview of personal financial management in its public policy context—drawing upon academic and applied work in Economics and Political Science. Course shows how government policies and laws condition personal financial planning. Course take-away: an individualized financial plan that establishes life goals that can be started during college. Fall. 7 weeks. 2 credits

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 course.