Interdisciplinary Studies (INTS)

Courses

INTS 1310. INTRODUCTION TO POPULAR CULTURE. 3 Hours.

This course will introduce students to the role of popular culture in American society. It examines culture as a process through which people make symbolic meaning out of the world. Since everyone has access to popular culture, it constructs the way that people think about the world around them. The course will explore the creation, production, dissemination, reception and consumption of popular culture.

INTS 2301. FOUNDATIONS: IDENTITY, INSTITUTIONS AND IDEOLOGY. 3 Hours.

This course introduces students to core concepts in social inquiry, difference, and justice through interdisciplinary investigations of social issues. Students will learn about social justice through the dimensions of identity, institutions and ideology.

INTS 2388. SPECIAL TOPICS INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES. 3 Hours.

Special topics or problems that lend themselves to an interdisciplinary approach. May be repeated for credit when the topic changes.

INTS 3320. SOCIAL JUSTICE THEORY. 3 Hours.

This course introduces students to various theoretical frameworks for social justice. Students will read texts by major social and humanistic theorists from a wide range of traditions, epistemologies and schools of thought. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor.

INTS 4301. INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH PROCESS. 3 Hours.

This course has been replaced by INTS 4388.

INTS 4388. SPECIAL TOPICS INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES. 3 Hours.

Special topics or problems that lend themselves to an interdisciplinary approach. May be repeated for credit when the topic changes.

INTS 4391. INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES SENIOR SEMINAR. 3 Hours.

The Senior Seminar will examine a particular topic central to social justice. Seminar discussions will require the student to participate in vigorous academic discussion of extensive readings each week. Participation in, and contribution to, the intellectual life of the class will be the main measure of achievement in this class. Prerequisite: Completion of INTS 2301 with a grade of C or better.

INTS 4392. INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES SENIOR SERVICE LEARNING. 3 Hours.

This course provides students with an opportunity to gain skills and knowledge through community service. Grounded in the scholarly literature, students will then apply their theoretical knowledge in a real world application, culminating in both an academic and practical experience. Prerequisite: Completion of INTS 2301 with a grade of C or better.

INTS 4393. INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES SENIOR THESIS. 3 Hours.

Students develop an independent thesis paper. In collaboration with INTS faculty, students will be guided through the unique challenges of designing and implementing interdisciplinary research. This course is designed for students who aspire to graduate study, are deeply engaged in a program of academic research, or who wish to produce a thesis that demonstrates their mastery of a field of study, issue, or problem. Must have approval of Director. Prerequisite: Completion of INTS 2301 with a grade of C or better.

INTS 4394. INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES SENIOR PROJECT. 3 Hours.

Students develop a unique research project based upon their individual interests and aspirations. The possibilities are limited only by the student's resourcefulness. Projects will be based upon comprehensive academic research and will result in a substantial product which will be presented to a panel of faculty. Alternatively, a student may engage in an approved Study Abroad Program which is interdisciplinary and provides substantive involvement with a social justice theme. Must have approval of Director. Prerequisite: Completion of INTS 2301 with a grade of C or better.

INTS 4395. INTERNSHIP. 3 Hours.

This is a supervised internship program in which students integrate theory with duties at a public or private organization that are relevant to the student's academic/professional goal. The internship must be developed and approved during the semester prior to the start of the course/internship. Students must complete a minimum of 140 hours of supervised work over the semester. No credit will be given for previous experience. This course may not be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Completion of 12 hours of INTS courses and a minimum overall GPA of 2.7 and permission of Director.

INTS 4396. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 3 Hours.

Independent study for the advanced undergraduate students. A close examination of a chosen complex interdisciplinary topic through research and/or reading; format designed by instructor and student. Approval of Director required. Prerequisite: Permission of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program Director and advising faculty member.