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Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) Course Descriptions

Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching,
College of Education and Human Development


IDS 2013  Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Introductory course for all prospective teachers. This course is designed to help students understand the complexity of K–12 teaching in our contemporary society. Students will examine the history, policies and practices that have shaped schooling in the United States. Contemporary dilemmas of equity, the achievement gap, and other marginalizing practices will be considered to better understand the culture of schooling and classrooms, and the complex role of the teacher. Emphasis will be on, but not limited to, students as learners, curriculum standards and assessment, effective teaching practices for diverse learners, professionalism, and the sociopolitical challenges confronting today’s teachers. Field experience required.

IDS 2083  Technology for Learning and Teaching
(3-1) 3 hours credit.
This course focuses on integrating instructional technology into learning and teaching environments. Students will investigate theoretical and practical issues surrounding the use of instructional technologies. Participants will gain practical experience in curriculum planning that takes specific advantage of technology to enhance and extend learning. Course requirements are aligned with national and state technology standards. (Formerly titled “Technology for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.”)

IDS 2103  The Individual, Family, and Community [TCCN: TECA 1303.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An exploration of the complex social forces that are present in U.S. society including but not limited to race, class, and gender. Critical and analytical thinking will be emphasized.

IDS 2113  Society and Social Issues
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An investigation of the social complexities of identity politics and diversity in an age of globalization. Topics include demographic trends, international relations, geography and spatial relations of identity, ethnicity, gender, economics, global politics, citizenship, social change, poverty, technology, eco-justice, and cultural diversity. Knowledge of the global community and its connection to the global phenomena will be emphasized.

IDS 2203  World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century [TCCN: HIST 2321.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
A general introduction to World History from the Late Neolithic to the Columbian Encounter in the late 15th century C.E. (Common Era). Broad overview of the pattern of development of major civilizations and their interactions, with closer attention given to those events, institutions, beliefs, and practices that involved and affected large numbers of people and had lasting significance for later generations. (Same as HIS 2123. Credit cannot be earned for both IDS 2203 and HIS 2123.)

IDS 2213  World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century [TCCN: HIST 2322.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
A general introduction to World History since the late 15th century C.E. (Common Era). Broad overview of the pattern of development of major civilizations and their interactions, with closer attention to those events, institutions, beliefs, and practices that involved and affected large numbers of people and laid foundations of the modern world. (Same as HIS 2133. Credit cannot be earned for both IDS 2213 and HIS 2133.)

IDS 2303  World Literature I: Through the Sixteenth Century [TCCN: ENGL 2332.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: WRC 1023 or an equivalent.
This course is an exploration of sources and continuing traditions in World Literatures in their various cultural and aesthetic contexts from their origins through the 16th century. It includes extensive reading of representative examples of the major oral and written literatures including, but not limited to, poetry, narratives, and drama and examines how these literatures influenced contemporary experience. The readings will be studied from multiple perspectives and will be related to comparable aesthetic expressions in music and the fine arts.

IDS 2313  World Literature II: Since the Sixteenth Century [TCCN: ENGL 2333.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: WRC 1023 or an equivalent.
This course is an exploration of sources and continuing traditions in World Literatures in their various cultural and aesthetic contexts from the beginning of the 16th century to the present. It includes extensive reading of representative examples of the major oral and written literatures including, but not limited to, poetry, narratives, and drama and examines how these literatures influenced contemporary experience. The readings will be studied from multiple perspectives and will be related to comparable aesthetic expressions in music and the fine arts.

IDS 2403  Physical Science
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Completion of Mathematics and Science Core Curriculum requirements.
This conceptually-based course provides nonscience majors with an interdisciplinary survey of topics in physics and chemistry. Major themes include energy, forces, and atomic and subatomic interactions. Specific topics may include, but are not limited to: density, motion, work, power, waves, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, relativity, atomic and subatomic interactions, as well as acids and bases. (Formerly IDS 3203. Credit cannot be earned for both IDS 2403 and IDS 3203. Credit cannot be earned for both IDS 2403 and IDS 3234.)

IDS 2413  Earth Systems Science
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Completion of Mathematics and Science Core Curriculum requirements.
This course provides a look at the Earth system as a whole. Emphasis will be on the interrelationships between biological, geological, hydrological, climatological, and human systems on local, continental and global scales. The interactions between the hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, and lithosphere that together make up the Earth system will be studied. This interdisciplinary view of our planet highlights the manner in which all systems of the Earth control or influence each other. (Formerly IDS 3213. Credit cannot be earned for both IDS 2413 and IDS 3213. Credit cannot be earned for both IDS 2413 and IDS 3224.)

IDS 3003  Science and Humanity
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: IDS 2403 and IDS 2413.
An exploration of the interdisciplinary nature of scientific and mathematical inquiry and sociocultural contexts across time. This course uses an integrated approach to studying the nature of scientific and mathematical inquiry, knowledge, and theory development, as well as relationships between science, mathematics, and technology and their influence on humanity.

IDS 3013  Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: IDS 2113.
An exploration of knowledge and the construction of knowledge in the social sciences. The course emphasizes an in-depth inquiry of diversity and equity within the context of the social sciences and their impact on the individual, community, and society. This course examines the nature of interdisciplinary knowledge in social science research and the ways social researchers collect, analyze, understand, and disseminate knowledge and data about contemporary issues, events, and individuals in the community, state, nation, and world. Emphasis will also be on critical reflection and dialogue, civic responsibility, and leadership. A service-learning experience will be integrated into the course.

IDS 3123  Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An interdisciplinary study of local culture through diverse genres including investigation of cultural expressions across literature and the arts, music, film and other forms of popular culture. This course, addressing both historical and contemporary genres, will foster interdisciplinary inquiry, knowledge of primary sources, theory development, and critical reflection and analysis of identities and their representations across the arts. Museum experiences, local culture, and the use of primary resources will be integrated into this course.

IDS 3201  Inquiry in Physical Science
(0-3) 1 hour credit. Prerequisites: Completion of Mathematics and Science Core Curriculum requirements.
Familiarizes students with laboratory tools and techniques and allows them to form a better understanding of topics in physics and chemistry by experimentation. Major themes include energy, forces, and atomic and subatomic interactions. (Credit cannot be earned for both IDS 3201 and IDS 3234.) (Formerly titled “Advanced Physical Science Laboratory.”)

IDS 3211  Inquiry in Earth Systems Science
(0-3) 1 hour credit. Prerequisites: Completion of Mathematics and Science Core Curriculum requirements.
Course familiarizes students with laboratory and field tools, techniques, and safety issues and allows them to form a better understanding of major topics in Earth systems science, especially in the areas of hydrology, soils, atmosphere, land cover, and GPS. Students will participate in scientific inquiry investigations of the Earth’s systems and components. (Credit cannot be earned for both IDS 3211 and IDS 3224.) (Formerly titled "Advanced Earth Systems Science Laboratory.")

IDS 3224  Earth Systems Science Investigations
(2-4) 4 hours credit. Prerequisites: Completion of Mathematics and Science Core Curriculum requirements.
Integrated online lecture and laboratory course that provides a look at the Earth system as a whole. Emphasis will be on the interrelationships between biological, geological, hydrological, and human systems on local, continental and global scales. The interactions between the hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere that together make up the Earth system will be studied. This interdisciplinary view of our planet highlights the manner in which all systems of the Earth influence each other. Credit for IDS 3224 is equivalent to credit for both IDS 2413 and IDS 3211. Credit cannot be earned for IDS 2413 (or IDS 3213) and IDS 3211 if this course is taken.

IDS 3234  Investigations in Physical Science
(2-4) 4 hours credit. Prerequisites: Completion of Mathematics and Science Core Curriculum requirements.
Integrated online lecture and laboratory course that provides learners with varied opportunities to build an understanding of intricate relationships commonly addressed in the fields of physics and chemistry, and to evaluate these relationships as a holistic system. Explorations of conceptual ideas such as electromagnetism will include varied methods of engagement, including hands-on and minds-on experimentation. Credit for IDS 3234 is equivalent to credit for IDS 2403 and IDS 3201. Credit cannot be earned for IDS 2403 (or IDS 3203) and IDS 3201 if this course is taken.

IDS 3653  Music and Related Arts
(3-1) 3 hours credit.
Study of the essential concepts of music and visual arts. An understanding of the cognitive content of each art will be reinforced by a variety of activities which relate directly to each artistic discipline. Similarities and differences in the various arts will be investigated in terms of basic elements, means of creating, and experience.

IDS 3713  Interdisciplinary Inquiry
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: IDS 2113, IDS 3003, IDS 3013, WRC 1013, and WRC 1023.
A study of thinking in the sciences, social studies, mathematics, language arts, and fine arts through interdisciplinary investigations. Course experiences include modeling, practice, and analysis of ways of inquiring in the several subject areas, and seeking their implications for interdisciplinary inquiries. Through scholarly research and inquiry, students will demonstrate their ability to engage in interdisciplinary inquiry. (Formerly IDS 2713. Credit cannot be earned for both IDS 3713 and IDS 2713.)

IDS 4913  Independent Study
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

IDS 4953  Special Studies in Interdisciplinary Studies
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

IDS 4993  Honors Thesis
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to candidates for honors in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching during the last two semesters; consent of the Honors College.
Supervised research and preparation for an honors thesis. May be repeated once with advisor’s approval.


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