Three Foundation Courses

Introduction to Interdisciplinary Learning: Year 1. (INDS 1500, 3 credits)

This course introduces the theories, methodologies, and practices of interdisciplinary studies through a specific theme that will focus on how to learn in an online environment and how interdisciplinary scholars combine the theories and methods of a variety of fields.

Interdisciplinary Experiential Learning: Year 2. (INDS 3500, 3 credits)

In this course, students will bring the knowledge from their chosen clusters to bear on an experiential opportunity.  Choosing an internship, community-based project, or job extension, students will collaborate with peers to design projects in this highly student-driven course.

Interdisciplinary Capstone: Year 3. (INDS 4500, 3 credits)

This course brings together students who have been working on individualized majors to share a capstone experience.  The goal is for students to integrate knowledge from their clusters and apply it to a project relevant to their field of interest.

Three Foundation Courses will provide the anchor experiences that ensure coherence across student coursework. At the end of the three-course sequence, students will graduate having developed, practiced, and mastered the following learning objectives:

Understand interdisciplinary studies Reflect on experiences

Develop inquiry questions

Self-direct learning (take responsibility)
Apply course content to specializations Communicate via writing and speech
Synthesize concepts Connect and network with advisors
Analyze data and draw conclusions Navigate digital resources

Two Student Chosen-Clusters

Clusters are interdisciplinary groups of courses selected from each campus to support a recognizable topic shared among the three campuses; they differ from traditional campus- and disciplinary-based minors and certificate programs. There are 10 interdisciplinary clusters from which students will select two, with each cluster containing a common group of courses drawn from the three comprehensive campuses:

Cultural Diversity Policy & Security   

Research Methods & Data Analysis

Social Justice Studies
Global Studies Organizations & Leadership
Digital & Media Studies Professional & Technical Communication
Environment & Sustainability     Health, Science, and Society

In addition to the two upper-division Foundation Courses (6 credits), students must take at least 15 upper division credit hours.