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.

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
2; not offered 2015-16

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: Community Journalism: An Intensive Media Workshop
1, x Bobrow-Strain and Paley

A short, intensive journalism workshop for socially-engaged students who want to write for various media about issues and causes they care about.  Acclaimed independent journalist Dawn Paley leads this workshop designed to help students learn how to engage critically with mainstream media and develop, write, edit, and pitch their own stories.  The course has a workshop format involving individual writing, collaborative work, and peer reviewing It takes place over three short on-campus meetings and an weekend spent at the Johnston Wilderness Campus. The course will meet November 11 and 12 from 12:00-1:00pm, November 13 from 1:00-4:00pm, and at the Johnston Wilderness Campus on November 14-15 from 9:00am on November 14 through 2:00pm on November 15. Students are expected to commit to the entire workshop. Contact instructors for locations for November 11, 12, and 13. Distribution area: none.

400A ST: Human Rights Advocacy: How and Why
x, 1 Concannon

How do our questions about ethical practice interact with the messiness of human rights struggles? In this intensive course we will develop human rights advocacy skills through practical work on the campaign for justice for the victims of the cholera epidemic brought to Haiti by UN troops in 2010.  The epidemic raises important issues regarding accountability of troops deployed overseas, international development policy and enforcement of the human rights to health, the environment and access to justice. The course will focus on concrete advocacy initiatives, and students will prepare an actual initiative for the campaign, such as publishing an Op-Ed, organizing a film/panel discussion, launching a petition or engaging with members of Congress. All students will prepare, at a minimum, an Op-Ed, a campaign petition and a letter to Congress.  The course will meet in the evenings from 7:30-9:50, Monday through Thursday, January 25-28.  Coursework will include readings distributed in advance of the start of the seminar. In addition, students will be expected to attend at least one of Brian Concannon's other events while he is on campus. Distribution area: none.

490 Senior Project
1-4, 1-4 Staff

Interdisciplinary project, reading or research undertaken as part of an approved individually planned 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.