Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST)
Opens up a perspective on the history, contemporary experience and cultural diversity of the major ethnic groups/immigrant groups that make up the American Mosaic, while also discussing issues of social justice and inequality. The focus is on the U.S. experience, but the course will also discuss the experience of minority groups in other parts of the world through selected case studies.
Introduces students to approaches, methods and themes in interdisciplinary studies. Draws on concepts and approaches from selected academic disciplines (such as sociology, history, political science, psychology, cultural studies) to develop interdisciplinary frameworks for the study of important issues in society. Course topic identified by subtitle (e.g. Introduction to Urban Studies, Prison, Punishment, and Society).
Beginning with the consideration of the raw data with which scholars work, students proceed through the process by which meaning is constructed and then through the processes by which various interpretations can be challenged or defended, with special emphasis placed upon standards for distinguishing effective from ineffective arguments.
Focuses on the history of a geographic area, nation, epoch, or selected social group. Students will critically engage with a variety of sources, such as written historic documents, oral histories, literary texts, music and cinematic representations of past and present human experience in local and global (particularly non-Western) contexts. Course topic identified by subtitle (e.g. History of Africa in Literature and Film; Women in History and Society).
Explores complex and controversial topics in culture and society from the vantage point of at least two different disciplines (e.g. sociology, history, psychology, literature, cultural studies) and interdisciplinary perspectives. Course topic identified by subtitle (e.g. Madness and Society; Prison and Society; Globalization; Global Migration; Popular Cinema and Society in India and the Diaspora; Culture, Power, and Society; Nationalism and Religious Fundamentalism).
Available only to senior interdisciplinary studies majors, this seminar requires students to carry out supervised research projects within their areas of study and to share the progress and results of their research with seminar participants.
Open to junior and senior IDST majors who wish to read in a given area or to study a topic in depth. Written reports and frequent conferences with the advisor are required.
Offers seniors field experience that actively and extensively draws upon the concepts, principles, and skills of at least two different disciplines. The internship must include a strong writing component in which the student interprets his/her field experience with reference to key ideas and themes of the relevant disciplines.