Interdisciplinary

BA Degree — Interdisciplinary Studies Major

The Interdisciplinary Studies major allows students to build their own major using the coursework available at Graceland University.  This major offers the student a dynamic opportunity to devise, in concert with the faculty advisor, a program of study designed by the student to prepare them for the innovative thinking necessary for success in today's complex world and matched to the student’s particular needs and interests. Beyond the graduation requirements, the student’s program will consist of:

  1. Concentrated Area of Study—A concentrated area of study not already offered as a major. This concentration cannot closely duplicate an existing major. This area of study should include a minimum of 39 s.h. of course work. The student, in cooperation with a faculty adviser, submits the electronic application for the major. Final approval for designed concentrations rests with the faculty adviser, two additional faculty members knowledgeable about the area of concentration and the Special Programs Office.

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  2. General Studies Concentration—Enriched study in at least 12 s.h. from each of three historically separate disciplines (e.g. Visual and Performing Arts, Humanities, Science and Math, Health and Movement Science, Social Science, School of Business, School of Education, and School of Nursing). This concentration includes at least 36 s.h. of study of which 24 s.h. must be upper division courses. At least 6 s.h. of upper division course work is required in each of the three topic areas chosen. In addition, the 3 s.h. course INTD4700 Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone is required. This is a capstone course in which a student, working with two faculty advisors, will write a research paper involving two of the three topic areas. The student must achieve a rating of “Acceptable” or “Exemplary” from both faculty evaluators in each of the areas included in the assessment rubric. Alternatively, a student may, in conjunction with at least two faculty members, design a project that demonstrates competency with regard to the learning outcomes identified at the time of application for the major. The student must achieve a rating of “Acceptable” or “Exemplary” from both faculty members based on their evaluation of the project vis-à-vis the learning outcomes. It will be the responsibility of the student to identify faculty members willing to serve as instructors of record for this arranged course.

    Interdisciplinary Studies proposals approval rests with the faculty adviser and Special Programs Office.

 

Interdisciplinary Courses

INTD1000 Transition 1 s.h.
A required course designed to provide additional support to non-native speakers of English and non-North American international students transitioning into university life during their first semester in the USA. This course serves as an extended orientation that will help students integrate into campus life and navigate through cultural adjustment while learning about the USA/State/Local/Graceland cultures and procedures. Course may be taken with instructor consent for students that are not required to take the course.

INTD1010 College Investigations 1 s.h.
The course investigates the impact of economic class on individuals and communities, hidden rules and resources, college orientation, and theories of change. The course is designed to help students use conceptual frameworks to analyze abstract and ill-defined issues, as is expected for educational and work/life success.

INTD1020 Reading and Learning Strategies for College: Pathways to Student Success 2 s.h.
The focus of this course is on the development and application of college-level reading and study skills necessary for college success, personal success strategies, and the use of campus resources that enhance individual student achievement. Because this is a graded course, a student’s efforts will directly impact his or her GPA.

INTD1100 Critical Thinking in the Liberal Arts and Sciences 3 s.h.
An interdisciplinary course that introduces students to college-level critical thinking and a thematic approach to Essential Education. Applies the critical-thinking model to big questions, both contemporary and enduring, and serves as the entry point for the Essential Education program. NOTE: Withdrawal from this course is only allowed through student petition. ELO2 Critical Thinking

INTD1110 Steps to Success: Year 1 1 s.h.
Learning about and adjusting to GU. TRIO Scholars will develop the knowledge, skills, and support systems essential for academic, social, emotional, professional and financial success at the second-semester, freshman level. This is the first course in the series, and will be provided during the spring semester of the freshman year. If this course places a student above 18 semester hours, the overload fee will be waived.

INTD1120 Steps to Success: Year 2 1 s.h.
Learning about and adjusting to GU. TRIO Scholars will develop the knowledge, skills, and support systems essential for academic, social, emotional, professional and financial success at the first-semester, sophomore level. This is the second course in the series, and will be provided during the fall semester of the sophomore year. If this course places a student above 18 semester hours, the overload fee will be waived.

INTD1130 Steps to Success: Year 2 1 s.h.
Learning about and adjusting to GU. TRIO Scholars will develop the knowledge, skills, and support systems essential for academic, social, emotional, professional and financial success at the second-semester, sophomore level. This is the third course in the series, and will be provided during the spring semester of the sophomore year. If this course places a student above 18 semester hours, the overload fee will be waived.

INTD1140 Steps to Success: Year 3 1 s.h.
Learning about and adjusting to GU. TRIO Scholars will develop the knowledge, skills, and support systems essential for academic, social, emotional, professional and financial success at the first-semester, junior level. This is the fourth course in the series, and will be provided during the fall semester of the junior year. If this course places a student above 18 semester hours, the overload fee will be waived.

INTD1150 Steps to Success: Year 3 1 s.h.
Learning about and adjusting to GU. TRIO Scholars will develop the knowledge, skills, and support systems essential for academic, social, emotional, professional and financial success at the second-semester, junior level. This is the fifth course in the series and will be provided during the spring semester of the junior year. If this course places a student above 18 semester hours, the overload fee will be waived.

INTD1160 Steps to Success: Year 4 1 s.h.
Learning about and adjusting to GU. TRIO Scholars will develop the knowledge, skills, and support systems essential for academic, social, emotional, professional and financial success at the first-semester, senior level. This is the sixth course in the series, and will be provided during the fall semester of the senior year. If this course places a student above 18 semester hours, the overload fee will be waived.

INTD1200 Introduction to International Studies  (also GEOG/POLS1200) 3 s.h.
An overview of the major disciplines represented in the International Studies major. This course will also offer an introduction to contemporary global concerns through a study of current political, economic, and social issues. Discussion of important global issues will lead to a more critical analysis of news and an awareness of the responsibilities of national and international citizenship. Goal 4

INTD1300 Sexuality: The Human Experience 3 s.h.
Designed to expand students’ awareness of themselves as sexual beings and to examine such topics as anatomy, psychology, behavior, and ethics as they relate to human sexuality in a value-oriented environment.

INTD1900 Topics 1-3 s.h.
Specific courses that may be approved by the division responsible for their implementation, subject to the approval of the Deans Council.

INTD2000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.

INTD2300 Humanities I: Ways of Seeing 3 s.h.
An interdisciplinary foundation course in the shared and unique approaches to human experience of the visual artist, musician, creative writer, and philosopher. Course content draws freely on major cultural landmarks from each discipline. Goal 2B

INTD3000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.

INTD3200 Exploration of Third World Cultures 3 s.h.
Focus will be on the political, socio-economic, geographical, health, and cultural determinants of life circumstances of people living in third world countries. Literature of specific cultures will be studied for insights into cultural beliefs and behaviors that are at variance with student’s culture. Resource persons with extensive experience in third world countries will be available for class interactions. Preparation requirements for travel abroad will be discussed. Offered in Independence, Missouri.

INTD3900 Topics 1-3 s.h.
Specific courses that may be approved by the division responsible for their implementation, subject to the approval of the Deans Council.

INTD4000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.

INTD4100 Internship in International Studies 1-3 s.h.
An internship that allows students to work with professionals who are in career areas relating to the field of international studies. The student will play an active role in identifying potential field sponsors. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis). Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent.

INTD4200 Study Abroad Retrospective 1 s.h.
An evaluation and analysis of intercultural experience and its implications within a framework of current theory, concepts, and methods in the field of intercultural communication. This course is designed to immediately follow the International Studies major's residence abroad and must be successfully completed no later than one year from the student's return from study abroad. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) Prerequisite: COMM3100 and Instructor's consent.

INTD4700 Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone 3 s.h.
A guided capstone where students will write a research paper or create a project that demonstrates an appropriate level of mastery of the learning outcomes identified by student and faculty advisor at the time the application for the major was submitted. (Note: This is a graded course, does not count for essential education, and may not be repeated for credit.)

+ Denotes an alternate year course.