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.