Interdisciplinary Studies 490 and 498 are for the student completing an individually planned major (for information on the individually planned major see “Major Study Requirements” in the Academics section of this catalog).
100 Special Topics in Health Care and Professions
Offerings under this designation will include both academic and activity courses for students interested in understanding health care systems and in preparing for future careers in the professions . These courses will be graded on a credit/no credit basis, and cannot be used to satisfy distribution requirements in any area. Any current offerings follow.
100A ST: Introduction to Health Care and Its Professions
x, 1 Russo
This course is designed to introduce students to the broad scope of health care and the academic and personal competencies necessary for the health professions. Through reading and discussion, students will be introduced to the history and evolving roles of the professions; professionalism and ethics in health care; and health care access, delivery, costs, and disparities in the US and around the world. Graded credit/no credit.
100B ST: Health Professions Careers I
x, 1 Russo
This course is designed for first and second year students who are pondering a career in a health profession. Students will explore course and major selection across the liberal arts. The role of shadowing, observation, and volunteer work for discerning a career path in the professions will be presented. Activity credit limitation applies. Graded credit/no credit. Open to first and second year students.
100C ST: Health Professions Careers II
x, 1 Russo
This course is designed for students preparing for applications to a post baccalaureate program in the health professions. The course will also direct students in the application process, including preparation for admissions testing, writing of personal statements, obtaining letters of evaluation, interviewing, and financing. Activity credit limitation applies. Graded credit/no credit. Open to juniors and seniors.
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.
220 Fire and Ice: Canadian Issues and Identity
x, 2 Iverson, et. al.
This team-taught course will begin by providing a basic understanding of Canadian geography, history, politics and culture. Building on that broad foundation, we will study an array of current issues (across disciplinary boundaries) that help to shape Canadian identity today. These may include environmental issues, such as the tar sands; economic issues, such as Canada's apparent insulation from the 2007-2009 global financial crisis; border issues, such as fishing rights and terrorism; and national issues, such as Quebec sovereignty. This rich survey of a range of sociopolitical issues will end with an in-depth study of one specific issue that is crucial to Canadian identity, cultural plurality. We will explore the angst surrounding Canada's multicultural policy and explore a variety of cultural responses ranging from literature to religion and sports. Two meetings per week. Assignments will include a range of quizzes, short written assignments, and a poster presentation.
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.
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.
400A ST:Upwelling: 7 Days to Replenish the Sea
x, 1 Workman
This course uses both West Coast and global examples of a recent and contested approach to reversing over harvesting of marine species: entrusting fishermen with rights to kill only a percentage of the whole. The course will meet for two weeks, in the evenings from 7:30-9:50 on the following dates: March 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, and 12. May count toward the elective requirement in Environmental Humanities. May be elected as Environmental Studies 368A, but must be elected as Environmental Studies 368A to receive standard grading. Interdisciplinary Studies 400A is graded credit/no credit. Must be elected as EnvironDistribution area: none.
400B ST: As 'Arab Springs' Run Dry: Exploring the Natural Irritant & Incentive Escalating Global Tensions
x, 1 Workman
This course focuses on conflicts over water rights in the Jordan River and West Bank aquifer to explore the ways in which water scarcity interacts with geopolitical realities to escalate global tension. The course will meet for two weeks, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (1-3:50) and Wednesday evenings 7:30-9:50, on the following dates: March 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12. May count toward the elective requirement in Environmental Humanities. May be elected as Environmental Studies 368B, but must be elected as Environmental Studies 368B to receive standard grading. Interdisciplinary Studies 400B is graded credit/no credit. 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 individually planned 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 individually planned major or combined major. Required of and limited to senior honors candidates. Distribution area: none.