Interdisciplinary Studies 490 and 498 are for the student completing an individually planned major (for information on the independently designed major see “Major Study Requirements” in the Academics section of this catalog).
200 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies
Offerings under this designation will be short-term classes and/or seminars of an interdisciplinary nature. These courses will be graded on a credit/no credit basis, and cannot be used to satisfy distribution requirements in any area. May be repeated for a maximum of four credits. Any current offerings follow.
300 Special Topics in International or Global Studies
A course which examines a specific topic within the area of international studies. Any current offerings follow.
300 ST: What is Music?
1, x Farrington, Herbranson, Hoffman, Prull, Scarborough
This course will be taught by faculty in the departments of physics, psychology, sociology, and music, and will explore music from these and other disciplinary perspectives. This seminar aims to foster intellectual collaboration between students possessing diverse skill sets and perspectives with regard to music. To ensure academic diversity is reflected in the student enrollment, admission to the course will be based on consent granted by the instructors. Prior to preregistration, interested students will be required to complete a brief application form to help the instructors balance interest levels, disciplinary and divisional representation, and musical background. This class is directed toward juniors and seniors but sophomores will also be considered. Course meetings will include laboratory work, discussion, demonstrations, and lectures. Students will be assessed on the basis of class participation, writing assignments, in-class presentations, and/or oral exams. One class meeting per week. Distribution area: none.
400 O’Donnell Endowment: Special Topics in Applied International Studies
The Ashton and Virginia O’Donnell Endowment exists to bring to campus individuals who are expert practitioners in global affairs. O’Donnell Visiting Educators will have expertise in international business, diplomacy, social movements, environmental regulation, immigration, engineering, medicine, development, the arts or other areas involving international study. Offerings under this designation will be short-term classes and/or seminars led by the O’Donnell Visiting Educator. Graded credit/no credit. May be repeated for a maximum of four credits. Distribution area: none. Any current offerings follow.
400 A ST: Challenges in Global Health Epidemiology
1, x Perdue
This workshop will consist of three seminars (75 min each) and will focus on the critique of responses to three current challenges involving global communicable diseases: (1) developing surveillance and response networks for pandemic threats (case study: MERS); (2) antimicrobial resistance and drug quality in the age of global trade and travel (case study: antimalarial drugs); (3) public health genomics and molecular epidemiology (case study: sequence of 16s RNA for new bacterial isolates). Seminars will meet October 7, 8, 10 (M, T, Th) from 7:30-8:45 pm. Distribution area: none.
400 B ST: One Health - Humans, Animals and the Environment
1, x Lubroth
Human health depends on nutrition, the health of animals, and the health of the environment. World human population is expected to reach nine billion by 2050 and the demands for increased food products of animal origin will also increase as countries and individuals become wealthier. Changes in local and global climate, environmental encroachment, urbanization, globalization in trade, and increased travel all pose important health challenges. Transboundary pathogen threats - viruses, bacteria, fungi - are increasingly likely to find their way into new environments. The majority of human diseases have origins in the animal kingdom, both wild and domestic. Tackling the health issues of the future requires more than physicians and veterinarians working together; it requires a multidisciplinary approach and better understanding of international policies in trade, sociology, economics, infrastructure and rural development, molecular biology, ecology and conservation, demographic trends and statistics. This course will be presented as four modules, over two weeks, emphasizing animal to human disease transmission, international epidemiology, detection and prevention, and international cooperation. Examples may include highly pathogenic avian influenza, foot-and-mouth disease, arthropod-borne diseases, food-borne diseases and other contaminants, as well as how food is produced and reaches our plates. A final session will be devoted to the importance of interdisciplinary work and the value of a liberal arts perspective in tackling the complexity of health, food safety, and policies for a sustainable world. The workshop will be held between November 10-23, 2013; 2 modules per week (evening lectures, T Th 7:30-9:30 pm). Distribution area: none.
400 C ST: Inscribing the Archive
1, x Schulz
This workshop will explore ideas of cultural memory and historical representation as students mine the Penrose Archives for materials to use in devising creative new work within an individual's field of study. Issues such as searching, re-contextualization, classification systems, and copyright law/appropriation/ will be the basis of inquiry as student/bricoleurs strive to develop their own ways of inscribing the archive as they collate, translate, and synthesize materials. Ultimately, students will curate a selection from the collection and re-present it digitally and/or physically as a book(let), website, or app. Students will develop questions that relate the material archive to their given disciplines, eg. a Theater major might consider which aspects of an archive engage a user in a performative way. Particular focus will be on the issue of digitalization of library objects and how the meaning of those objects change as the potential audience member/user becomes global. October 18, 19, 25, 26 from 1:00-5:00 pm. Distribution area: none.
490 Senior Project
1-4, 1-4 Staff
Interdisciplinary project, reading or research undertaken as part of an approved independently designed major or combined major. Prerequisite: approved independently designed major, or combined major. Distribution area: none.
498 Honors Thesis
1-4, 1-4 Staff
Designed to further independent research projects leading to the preparation of an undergraduate thesis or a project report in an approved independently designed major or combined major. Required of and limited to senior honors candidates. Distribution area: none.