ITDS - Interdisciplinary Studies

ITDS 1125 Science in the Public Discourse: Modern and Hist Conflicts Between Natrl Sciences and Public Opinion (2-0-2) 

This course will explore the sometimes contentious debates between the natural sciences (e.g. astronomy, biology, earth science) and pseudoscientific ideologies, especially modern and/or historical conflicts between scientific theories and established belief systems. The course will explore the nature of science in the context of public discourse on one or more of the following topics: evolution and creationism/intelligent design, flood geology, age of the Earth, formation of the universe/solar system, climate change, genetic engineering, and/or alternative medicine.

ITDS 1145 Comparative Arts (3-0-3) 

An introduction to the arts with emphasis on common elements, parallel dimensions, and aesthetic perception and response.

ITDS 1145H Comparative Arts (3-0-3) 

An introduction to the arts with emphasis on common elements, parallel dimensions, and aesthetic perception and response.

Restriction(s):

Enrollment limited to students with the Honors College attribute.

ITDS 1145I Comparative Arts (3-0-3) 

An introduction to the arts with emphasis on common elements, parallel dimensions, and aesthetic perception and response.

ITDS 1155 The Western Intellectual Tradition (3-0-3) 

An examination of the concepts and related dynamics that are central to and defining of the western intellectual tradition.

ITDS 1155H The Western Intellectual Tradition (3-0-3) 

An examination of the concepts and related dynamics that are central to and defining of the western intellectual tradition.

Restriction(s):

Enrollment limited to students with the Honors College attribute.

ITDS 1156 Understanding Non-Western Cultures (3-0-3) 

An examination of non-western systems of thought to increase understanding of cultural diversity and the process of cultural traditions.

ITDS 1156H Understanding Non-Western Cultures (3-0-3) 

An examination of non-western systems of thought to increase understanding of cultural diversity and the process of cultural traditions.

Restriction(s):

Enrollment limited to students with the Honors College attribute.

ITDS 1156I Understanding Non-Western Cultures (3-0-3) 

An examination of non-western systems of thought to increase understanding of cultural diversity and the process of cultural traditions.

ITDS 1779 Scholarship Across the Disciplines (2-0-2) 

Students are introduced to scholarship across academic disciplines through invited talks by university researchers working on nationally and globally significant problems. Students will adopt a scholarly approach to solve a real-world problem related to their discipline or that involves multiple disciplines.

Restriction(s):

Students in the Basic Studies campus may not enroll.

ITDS 1779H Scholarship Across the Disciplines (2-0-2) 

Students will be introduced to scholarship across academic disciplines through invited talks by university researchers working on nationally and globally significant projects. Presentations will be accompanied by reading and writing assignments that develop essential undergraduate research skills such as literature reviews, quantitative reasoning, critical use of primary sources, the identification of a research problem, critical analysis of texts, or confrontations with works of art.

Restriction(s):

Enrollment limited to students with the Honors College attribute.

Students in the Basic Studies campus may not enroll.

ITDS 1921 Rise of the Machines: The History and Future of Robotics (2-0-2) 

This course offers a survey of the history of robotics technology and machine intelligence, as well as the use of robots in popular culture. The course will also look into contemporary advances in robotics, showcase modern uses of robotics in research and industry, and give the students an opportunity to explore concepts of robotics hands-on.

ITDS 2105 The International Cross-Cultural Experience (1-0-1) 

This course assists students in preparing for the study abroad experience by focusing on pertinent intercultural concepts and models. It will familiarize students with the process of cultural learning, its theoretical foundation, and its application. It will enable students to maximize the cross-cultural and educational benefits of studying abroad. May be repeated for each study abroad or exchange program.

ITDS 2105I The International Cross-Cultural Experience (1-0-1) 

This course assists students in preparing for the study abroad experience by focusing on pertinent intercultural concepts and models. It will familiarize students with the process of cultural learning, its theoretical foundation, and its application. It will enable students to maximize the cross-cultural and educational benefits of studying abroad. May be repeated for each study abroad or exchange program.

ITDS 2106 Medical Terminology (3-0-3) 

Construction and interpretation of terms used in health and medical professions with a focus on prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combining forms. Students will define and interpret medical terms relating to structure and function, pathology, diagnosis, clinical procedures, and pharmacology.

ITDS 2107 Modern Latin America (3-0-3) 

Designed to introduce students to contemporary Latin America through a broad-ranging examination of the region's recent history, economy, politics, and culture.

ITDS 2107I Modern Latin America (3-0-3) 

Designed to introduce students to contemporary Latin America through a broad-ranging examination of the region's recent history, economy, politics, and culture.

ITDS 2108 Medical Terminology II (2-0-2) 

Introduction to medical terminology-Part II. Basic construction of scientific terms, common prefixes and suffixes; endocrine & urinary systems; senses; male and female reproduction; obstetrics; child health; radiology/diagnostic imaging; oncology; gerontology

ITDS 2109 Spain in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (3-0-3) 

This course will examine many of the myths of national and cultural identity of contemporary Spain rooted in the country’s legacy of conflict and tolerance between Muslims, Jews, and Christians. Through an exploration of surviving primary source materials, such as architecture, literature, philosophy and religion, historical chronicles, and artistic manifestations, as well as secondary critical texts, we will question the role of conquest, coexistence, and Empire and their ramifications for the present world.

ITDS 2125 Historical Perspectives on the Philosophy of Science and Mathematics (3-0-3) 

Overview of the history and philosophical underpinnings of science and mathematics. Connections of broader history and context to science and mathematics learning. Course may be attempted only two times.

ITDS 2205 The Re-Entry Experience for Study Abroad Students (1-0-1) 

This course assists students in making a successful re-entry to the U.S. culture after completing semester or year-long study abroad programs. The course focuses on specific phenomena and theories that are related to re-entry. The concepts and experiences discussed in this course will enable the student to integrate their experience abroad into their life in the U.S.

ITDS 2205I The Re-Entry Experience for Study Abroad Students (1-0-1) 

This course assists students in making a successful re-entry to the U.S. culture after completing semester or year-long study abroad programs. The course focuses on specific phenomena and theories that are related to re-entry. The concepts and experiences discussed in this course will enable the student to integrate their experience abroad into their life in the U.S.

ITDS 2726 Introduction to Cultural Diversity (1-0-1) 

This course is designed to familiarize students with the cultural differences of the major racial/ethnic minority groups within the United States. Myths, stereotypes, and issues concerning minority groups will also be explored. Based upon individual experiences, guest speakers, presentations, self-exploration, and lectures, students will attain knowledge that will help them better understand and relate to these groups.

ITDS 2727 Introduction to Interpersonal Skills (1-0-1) 

This course is designed to introduce students to basic skills needed in the helping profession. A survey of the helping discipline, including job opportunities and work settings, will be covered. Social skill training techniques in the helping field will be demonstrated and practiced across a number of settings. Interpersonal relationship concepts, evaluative and developmental issues, and conflict resolution are components in this course. This course will review requirements and competencies for further study.

ITDS 2735 Life and Career Planning (1-0-1) 

This course is designed to help students consider those career choices and related factors contributing to satisfaction and happiness in life. The process of goal setting and self-management by objectives will be studied in order for the student to plan systematically for a career.

ITDS 2746 Business and Society (1-0-1) 

An introduction to the roles of business in historical and contemporary society, the relationship between business and governmental and not-for-profit institutions, and ways in which business interacts with virtually all professions, occupations and careers. Students will investigate moral and ethical issues relating to business and societal goals, and ways by which they might be resolved.

ITDS 2748 Topics in Global Issues (1-0-1) 

An interdisciplinary course on issues that affect the world or the people of the world, issues such as air pollution, Internet child pornography, international copyright infringement, endangered species, policies of the United nations, international stock markets, export/import laws, etc. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Course will be taught by faculty from various departments and colleges.

ITDS 2749 Ethics and Legal Issues in the Professions (1-0-1) 

An interdisciplinary course focusing on such issues as censorship, plagiarism, truth in advertising, forgery, invalid scientific data and experiments, etc. Issues will vary from semester to semester. Course will be taught by faculty from various departments and colleges.

ITDS 2755 Elements of Critical Thinking (1-0-1) 

This course focuses on the questions of how to reason correctly and how to identify fallacies in reasoning. Specifically, the issues of validity, consistency, formal and informal fallacies will be addressed.

ITDS 2755I Elements of Critical Thinking (1-0-1) 

This course focuses on the questions of how to reason correctly and how to identify fallacies in reasoning. Specifically, the issues of validity, consistency, formal and informal fallacies will be addressed.

ITDS 2795 Lead Learners: Peer Tutors and Mentors (0-1-0-0-1) 

This course provides an overview of contemporary best practices of tutoring and peer facilitated collaborative learning with students from across the disciplines. Students will learn to adapt learning activities and modes for different types of learners in math, science, writing, and the humanities. Topics include promoting active learning, incorporating critical thinking and questioning skills, assessing learning, collaborative learning and group, and online tutoring. Students will weigh the benefits and drawbacks of different tutoring approaches, and they will apply knowledge from the course to various tutoring situations and subjects. A satisfactory grade in this course allows students to tutor for academic support services.

ITDS 2796 Leadership Development (1-0-1) 

A course for students who are interested in developing and honing leadership skills in order to become effective campus and community leaders. Topics include surprising facts about leaders, assessing leadership tendencies and personality traits, expressing leadership vision, listening, building relationships and teams, defining problems and reaching solutions, motivating, delegating tasks and responsibilities, managing conflict, and supporting and empowering participation.

ITDS 2797 Undergraduate Research Journal Editing and Publishing (1-0-1) 

This seminar will explore the theoretical and practical concerns of publishing an interdisciplinary undergraduate research journal. Students in the course will edit and produce a journal while learning to formally critique research articles, address publishing ethics, and manage a peer review process. May be repeated for credit.

Repeatability: Repeatable for credit up to 2 times or 3 hours.

ITDS 2797H Undergraduate Research Journal Editing and Publishing (1-0-1) 

This seminar will explore the theoretical and practical concerns of publishing an interdisciplinary undergraduate research journal. Students in the course will edit and produce a journal while learning to formally critique research articles, address publishing ethics, and manage a peer review process. May be repeated for credit.

Repeatability: Repeatable for credit up to 2 times or 3 hours.

Restriction(s):

Enrollment limited to students with the Honors College attribute.

ITDS 2799 Interdisciplinary Pathways (3-0-3) 

A seminar that provides an intellectual framework for the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and explores topics such as the nature of knowledge and the value of generalist studies. Guidance is provided as students clarify their academic and career goals, assess prior learning, and create detailed Pathway Plans.

ITDS 3099 Interdisciplinary Milestones (0-0-0) 

Connects students in the BS Interdisciplinary Studies to a community of learners and provides guidance as they complete the Pathway Plan they developed in ITDS 2799 Interdisciplinary Pathways. Student begin to a portfolio of artifacts that demonstrate having met program learning outcomes.

Prerequisite(s): ITDS 2799 (may be taken concurrently)

Repeatability: Repeatable for credit up to 99 times or 0 hours.

ITDS 3115 Seven Revolutions in Global Change (6-0-6) 

This course is designed to introduce students to leadership studies from an international perspective using the Seven Revolutions as a framework. Seven Revolutions is a project led by the Global Strategy Institute at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to identify and analyze the key policy challenges that policymakers, business figures, and other leaders will face out to the year 2025. It is an effort to promote strategic thinking on the long-term trends that too few leaders take the time to consider.

Restriction(s):

Enrollment limited to Junior or Senior students.

ITDS 4535 Selected Topics in Standardized Testing for Professionals (1-0-1) 

This class is designed to help upper-level undergraduate students to become proficient at taking standardized tests. The class will emphasize student preparation for exams, such as MCAT, DAT, PCAT or other standardized exams.

Restriction(s):

Enrollment limited to Junior or Senior students.

ITDS 4698 Internship (0-0-3) 

The internship experience is intended for students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts. It provides the student with an opportunity to apply concepts learned in the university classroom in a professional setting. The student learning outcomes and subsequent course requirements are purposefully designed to promote and enhance the proficiency of the intern. A minimum of 135 hours of documented experience in the internship setting is required.

Restriction(s):

Enrollment limited to Junior or Senior students.

Enrollment limited to students in a Bachelor of Arts degree.

ITDS 4799 Interdisciplinary Capstone (3-0-3) 

The culminating academic experience for students in the BS Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Provides guidance as students prepare a portfolio, deliver a presentation, and reflect on their academic work, particularly in ways that bring coherence to their interdisciplinary studies.

Prerequisite(s): ITDS 2799 with a minimum grade of C and ITDS 3099 with a minimum grade of S

ITDS 4999 Capstone (0-0-3) 

The capstone course is intended as a culminating experience for students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts. The student learning outcomes and subsequent course requirements are purposefully designed to demonstrate the student has successfully met the student learning outcomes for the program of study. Each student will work with his/her academic advisor to determine which track within the capstone course would provide the most appropriate venue through which the student could demonstrate proficiency in the student learning outcomes for the program.

Restriction(s):

Enrollment limited to Senior students.

Enrollment limited to students in a Bachelor of Arts degree.

ITDS 5105G History and Practice of Translation (3-0-3) 

Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 with C or better. Translation involves more than moving the meanings of words from one language to another; it is, rather, an exchange of meaning across an entire social, cultural, linguistic and material world. Students will discuss problems of translation in books and/or films, and the roles of editing and transcription in translation. Fluency in a language other than English is not required, but some experience and study of a foreign language is recommended. Students will pursue a term-length project on a translation related topic of their own interest.

ITDS 5105U History and Practice of Translation (3-0-3) 

Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 with C or better. Translation involves more than moving the meanings of words from one language to another; it is, rather, an exchange of meaning across an entire social, cultural, linguistic and material world. Students will discuss problems of translation in books and/or films, and the roles of editing and transcription in translation. Fluency in a language other than English is not required, but some experience and study of a foreign language is recommended. Students will pursue a term-length project on a translation related topic of their own interest.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 with a minimum grade of C

ITDS 5555G Interdisciplinary Special Topics (3-0-3) 

Pre-requisites include junior standing or above, an overall GPA of 2.5, if undergraduate; and a preliminary statement of expectations and plan of study. This course is designed to provide junior/senior undergraduate students or graduate students with knowledge of various special topics that are interdisciplinary in nature.

Restriction(s):

Enrollment is limited to Graduate Level level students.

ITDS 5555U Interdisciplinary Special Topics (3-0-3) 

Pre-requisites include junior standing or above, an overall GPA of 2.5, if undergraduate; and a preliminary statement of expectations and plan of study. This course is designed to provide junior/senior undergraduate students or graduate students with knowledge of various special topics that are interdisciplinary in nature.

Restriction(s):

Freshman or Sophomore students may not enroll.