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Interdisciplinary Studies

 

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Letters and Science Dean’s Office

Interdisciplinary Studies
Office: N/E 101
Telephone: (920) 424-1222

Code 94 or INTRDSCP

Interdisciplinary Studies courses transcend traditional disciplinary lines to approach subjects from multiple perspectives. As multidisciplinary endeavors in content, theoretical perspectives, or goals, these courses do not have a regular disciplinary home and may be taught by faculty from different disciplines or team-taught. Interdisciplinary Studies courses may be offered in a regular classroom setting, in the field, or through other self-paced formats. Other interdisciplinary courses associated with specialized programs are not listed here.

 

Faculty

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Degrees

  • Undergraduate: None
  • Graduate: None
 

Summary of Fields of Study

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Admission/Graduation Requirements

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Required Core Courses

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The Minor(s)

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Course Offerings

Interdisciplinary Studies    101

1 (crs.)

First-Year Seminar for International Students

This course will help international students make the transition to college in the U.S. by promoting active learning as well as student involvement and responsibility in the learning process, assisting students in the development of life management skills, and engaging students on campus. This course is specifically designed and reserved for new international students and focuses on U.S. culture and educational expectations. Through weekly reflections and discussions, students will be able to examine and reflect on their own culture, strengths, and weaknesses.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    102

3 (crs.)

Community Service-Learning

Students in this course will link an academic component with a mindful engagement to their community.  Through prior arrangement with the respective local agency relevant to the field of study (e.g. homelessness, the effects of incarceration, the position of the elderly in culture and society), a significant portion of course time will be spent in field experience, the challenges and rewards of which students will process in reflective journals and class discussions of assigned readings. Under guidance of interdisciplinary faculty, students will pursue the completion of this service through a minimum of five meaningful and productive contact hours on site per week. Topics and faculty will vary. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit (maximum 6 credits total).

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    104

3 (crs.)

The Creative Process – Optional Content

Examining the creative processes of various artists, students will study the internal and external factors in the phenomenon called ‘creativity.’ The course will include lectures on relevant theories and methods of study, but will consist largely of discussions of the assigned readings, informal writing, experimental projects, and class presentations. Faculty and topics may vary. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    145

1 (crs.)

Assessment of Prior Learning

Designed for the adult student who seeks credit for prior learning experiences. This course will consist of course material review and instructor-student conferences. Students will engage in self-reflection and academic/career analysis in order to develop a rationale for credit for experiential learning. The coursework will result in the creation of a portfolio for assessment for one or more specific courses at UW Oshkosh.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    150

1 – 6 (crs.)

Special Topics

Experimental courses dealing with interdisciplinary topics.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    200

3 (crs.)

Issues in Science and Religion

An interdisciplinary, in-depth look at the historically-evolving relationship of science and religion, with special emphasis on such questions as: What is science? What is religion? What is the past and present nature of the complex interface between science and religion? Is a future (re)integration of science and religion possible? desirable? necessary? underway? Students with varied interests, beliefs, and backgrounds relative to science and/or religion are welcome in the course. Prerequisite: At least one prior course in science and/or religion, or consent of instructor(s).

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    205

3 (crs.)

Introduction to Arapaho Studies

This course will focus on the history, culture, arts, social patterns, economics, and contemporary legal and political issues of the Arapaho Indians on the Wind River Indian Reservation. In particular, besides gaining an appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of the Arapaho, students will understand the socio-economic problems facing the Arapaho people today and the enormous legal complexities affecting tribal sovereignty. (3+0)

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    206

1 (crs.)

Professional Career Skills in Fine and Performing Arts

This course is recommended if you are beginning to prepare for professional internships and relevant work experience. Through a process of learning about career planning and implementation, you will gain knowledge of how to effectively search for careers that are personally and professionally satisfying. You will also learn how to effectively interview, conduct an internship/job search, utilize networking contacts, create a successful resume, and do effective company research.  Students are only able to obtain credit for one of the following courses: Professional Counseling 202, Interdisciplinary Studies 206, 207, 208, or 209 or Business 284. Prerequisites: 45 credits completed. Declared major in one of the following majors: art, music, and theatre (other majors considered with consent of the instructor). Special fees may apply.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    207

1 (crs.)

Professional Career Skills in Humanities

This course is recommended if you are beginning to prepare for professional internships and relevant work experience. Through a process of learning about career planning and implementation, you will gain knowledge of how to effectively search for careers that are personally and professionally satisfying. You will also learn how to effectively interview, conduct an internship/job search, utilize networking contacts, create a successful resume, and do effective company research. Students are only able to obtain credit for one of the following courses: Professional Counseling 202, Interdisciplinary Studies 206, 207, 208, or 209 or Business 284. Prerequisites: 45 credits completed. Declared major in one of the following: Communication, English, foreign language, journalism, philosophy, religious study, (other majors considered with consent of instructor). Special fees may apply.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    208

1 (crs.)

Professional Career Skills in Math and Natural Science

This course is recommended if you are beginning to prepare for professional internships and relevant work experience. Through a process of learning about career planning and implementation, you will gain knowledge of how to effectively search for careers that are personally and professionally satisfying. You will also learn how to effectively interview, conduct an internship/job search, utilize networking contracts, create a successful resume, do effective company research. Students are only able to obtain credit for one of the following courses: Professional Counseling 202, Interdisciplinary Studies 206, 207, 208, or 209 or Business 284. Prerequisites: 45 credits completed. Declared major in one of the following: biology, microbiology, chemistry, computer science, geology, kinesiology, mathematics, medical technology, physics, and astronomy (other majors considered with instructor consent). Special fees may apply.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    209

1 (crs.)

Professional Career Skills in Social Science

This course is recommended if you are beginning to prepare for professional internships and relevant work experience. Through a process of learning about career planning and implementation, you will gain knowledge of how to effectively search for careers that are personally and professionally satisfying. You will also learn how to effectively interview, conduct an internship/job search, utilize networking contacts, create a successful resume, do effective company research. Students are only able to obtain credit for one of the following courses: Professional Counseling 202, Interdisciplinary Studies 206, 207, 208, or 209 or Business 284. Professional Counseling 202, Interdisciplinary Studies 206, 207, 208, or 209 or Business 284. Prerequisites: 45 credits completed. Declared major in one of the following: geography, urban planning, history, military science, political science, psychology, public affairs, social work, sociology (other majors considered with consent of instructor). Special fees may apply.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    210

3 (crs.)

American Indian Experience (ES)

Using an interdisciplinary approach, this course will focus on the past and present experience of American Indians. Topics will include: cultural traditions, historical patterns of resistance and response to non-Indian interactions, relations with the U.S. Government and the impact of Federal policies, environmental issues, education, economic development and health and social issues. Myths and stereotypes will also be discussed along with strengths and challenges facing American Indian people today. Specific course topics will change each semester.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    245

3 (crs.)

Introduction to American Studies: The Shaping of American Identities

This course examines and interprets social, cultural, economic, natural, and historical forces that have shaped changing definitions and representations of American identities. Taking culture as our organizing principle, we will look at categories such as: art, religion, politics, work and leisure, ethnicity, region, race, technology, gender, geography, sexuality, and class.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    246

3 (crs.)

Introduction to American Studies: The Shaping of American Identities

This course examines and interprets social, cultural, economic, natural, and historical forces that have shaped changing definitions and representations of American identities. Taking culture as our organizing principle, we will look at categories such as: art, religion, politics, work and leisure, ethnicity, region, race, technology, gender, geography, sexuality, and class.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    270Q3

3 (crs.)

Telling Stories for Fun, Profit and World Peace (XC)

True stories have great power. They have the power to inform/ they have power to effect change. Study how humans told personal stories through the ages, and how those stories shape our world. Hear stories firsthand, build awareness of your own civic identity and learn the components of good storytelling. Use your storytelling voice to help others tell their own stories with accuracy and compassion on multiple platforms (print and online).

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    283

3 (crs.)

Introduction to Language Study

This introductory course emphasizes the discovery of basic principles and patterns of human language. We will examine multiple language situations from a variety of perspectives (for example; phonetic, structural, historical and sociological). The goal of the course is to develop a method of analysis for exploring the descriptive rules of language on all levels, from the micro (sound-production, work-formation) to the macro (how people use language). The course will provide a diverse range of language examples for students to explore, including spoken conversation, language in the media, literary texts, historical texts, and non-English languages.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    284Q3

3 (crs.)

Collaboration and Community (XC)

This course considers how groups of people can work to best understand one another as partners of a complex web of cultures and subcultures in the 21st century. To begin this consideration, course participants will study writing centers as a model of collaborative discourse and apply this knowledge to groups and communities more broadly. How can different people in a community collaboratively work together to construct meaning.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    291

1 – 3 (crs.)

Selected Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies

Selected topics in Interdisciplinary courses designed to help students learn to integrate knowledge from across the curriculum. Includes investigation of the multiple dimensions of the given subject by applying the content, methods, and assumptions of two or more disciplines as presented by instructors from those disciplines.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    297

1 – 3 (crs.)

Intermediate Independent Study

Supervised undergraduate reading and research. See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract from requirements.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    302

1 (crs.)

McNair Spring Interim Research Methods

Intrdscp 302 is designed to prepare McNair scholars with limited research methods training for their McNair Summer Research Internship (MSRI). It is a one-credit Spring Interim Research Methods course led by two faculty members, one in the natural sciences and one in the social sciences. Scholars will be placed in either the science group or the social science group. Course objectives include: building a community of scholarship; connecting through interdisciplinary discussions; and developing a research-oriented mindset, strong critical thinking skills, and a common understanding of general principles of research design and ethics. Scholars will present their research proposals to their group and receive constructive feedback. The course will result in a carefully crafted MSRI research proposal and timeline. Prerequisites: Participants must be McNair Scholars and juniors or seniors in standing.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    312

3 (crs.)

Health Care Politics and Administration

The role of government in health care professions including: health planning implementation; politics of regulation and bureaucracy, the budgetary process; case studies; the politics of national medical care; hospital care for the poor, and the politics of hospital cost containment.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    315

3 (crs.)

Literature and Psychology

Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Biography in light of modern psychological theories of Freud, Jung and others.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    350

1 – 6 (crs.)

Special Topics

Variable content course dealing with issues in disciplines that cut across divisions of the College of Letters and Science (Fine & Performing Arts, Humanities, Math & Science, Social Science).

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    360

3 (crs.)

Cambridge Semester: Variable Content

An interdisciplinary offering that focuses on Britain’s history, culture and achievements.  Team taught, the course’s content will vary from year to year.  Students taking the course must be concurrently enrolled in the University’s semester in Cambridge Program.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    366

1 – 3 (crs.)

Service Learning Independent Study

In this course students will engage in academically relevant service activities in the community under the supervision of an individual at the site and a member of the faculty or academic staff. Students will volunteer for a certain number of hours per week depending upon the number of credits they will receive. Students will also write reflective papers that connect their service experiences with relevant readings and insights from specific academic disciplines. Ideally students will coordinate this course with another course, but this is not required.  Additional work is required for graduate credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Note: The general prerequisites for Independent Study/ Related Readings are waived for this course.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    367

1 – 3 (crs.)

Service Learning Independent Study

In this course students will engage in academically relevant service activities in the community under the supervision of an individual at the site and a member of the faculty or academic staff. Students will volunteer for a certain number of hours per week depending upon the number of credits they will receive. Students will also write reflective papers that connect their service experiences with relevant readings and insights from specific academic disciplines. Ideally students will coordinate this course with another course, but this is not required.  Additional work is required for graduate credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Note: The general prerequisites for Independent Study/ Related Readings are waived for this course.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    399

1 – 6 (crs.)

L&S Career Internship

Students will apply academic knowledge and skills acquired in the major to a direct work experience that will help them to develop an understanding of the basic skills or principles required for an entry-level professional position following graduation. The internship experience will also increase the student’s confidence/skills in effectively pursuing his/her professional career in the business, health, social services, science, and other areas. Students will work under direct supervision of a professional who will provide evaluations. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing. Prf Cnsl 202 may be taken concurrently or Interdisciplinary 202, 208, 209 or Business 284. GPA and units (crs.) toward a major within the department will be negotiated by the office of Career Services. Pass/fail course. Repeatable for up to a maximum of 6 credits.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    402

3 (crs.)

McNair Research Internship

INTRDSCP 402 is a three-credit hour course designed specifically for McNair scholars participating in the McNair Summer Research Internship (MSRI). Each scholar is assigned a faculty mentor who oversees a start-to-finish academically rigorous research experience the outcome being a 20-page scholarly paper which includes the following components; abstract, introduction, research question, literature review, hypotheses, methods section, a discussion of the results as well as the limitations of the study, suggestions for further study, and conclusions. While the McNair Program is here to support scholars and sets the due dates, the MSRI is first and foremost a collaboration between scholars and their respective faculty mentors who supervise the completion of the required MSRI components and assign a grade to the scholar’s work. Prerequisites: Participants must be McNair Scholars and juniors or seniors in standing.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    425

3 (crs.)

Aging: Dimensions and Processes

The processes of aging in a variety of aspects and dimensions, including the physiological, psychological, sociological, spiritual and anthropological. 425/625

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    426

3 (crs.)

Aging: Needs, Services and Issues

Needs of the aging. Issues impinging on the expansion, development and delivery of a variety of services for meeting the needs of the aging. 426/626

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    442

1 – 3 (crs.)

Cooperative Study

Off-campus, supervised full-time work experience in an approved position with an opportunity to merge actual day-to-day experience with a student’s field of study. Prerequisites: Junior standing and approval from the College of Letters and Science internship coordinator in Career Services and the chair of the student’s major department.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    446

1 – 3 (crs.)

Independent Study

See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies    456

1 – 3 (crs.)

Related Study

See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.