Interdisciplinary

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.

INTD1100 Critical Thinking in the Liberal Arts and Sciences 3 s.h.
An interdisciplinary course providing a common academic experience for all first year students. Introduces students to college-level thinking in the arts and sciences. Emphasis on developing a community of learners with an appreciation for the arts and sciences and with the tools for academic success.  NOTE: Withdrawal from this course is only allowed through student petition.

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

INTD2330 Honors Humanities: 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. Prerequisite: Honors Program or instructor consent. Goal 2B

INTD3000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.

INTD3100 Intercultural Communication (also COMM3100) 3 s.h.
An examination of concepts which have application to communication across cultural boundaries, with emphasis on relating them to effective intercultural communication skills. Goal 4

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.

+ INTD3300 Language and Culture 3 s.h.
Explores the interrelationship between a variety of languages (English, European, Asian, African, Aboriginal, pidgin, creole) and such cultural phenomena as habitual patterns of action and thought; the social contexts of gender, ethnic, and class communication; oral folklore; pragmatics (the preconditions, presumptions, and rules governing discourse routines); nonverbal communication; and speech genres. Also examined are such language-cultural issues as language revitalization, language change, the social and political aspects of official national language(s), English Only statutes, and dialect variation. Goal 4

INTD3800 Junior Honors Seminar 3 s.h.
A series of weekly discussions of topics selected by seminar participants for a broad cross section of intellectual disciplines. Each participant is required to prepare specified readings in advance of weekly sessions and to share in planning and conducting discussions. Offered in the fall semester only. Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors Program and junior or senior standing.

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: INTD3100 and Instructor's consent.

INTD4800 Senior Honors Seminar 3 s.h.
A series of weekly discussions of topics selected by seminar participants for a broad cross section of intellectual disciplines. Each participant is required to prepare specified readings in advance of weekly sessions and to share in planning and conducting discussions. Offered in the fall semester only. Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors Program and junior or senior standing.

+ Deonotes an alternate year course.