Interdisciplinary Studies

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Sobeira Latorre, Director
Associate Professor 
Engleman EN B 116
Tel: (203) 392-8113
Fax: (203) 392-5355
latorres1@southernct.edu

Interdisciplinary Studies

The Interdisciplinary Studies Program's aim is to support students in self-designed programs of study that:

  1. Allow students to combine disciplines/areas of study in ways that help them achieve personal and professional learning goals,
  2. Improve critical reading, writing, and thinking abilities,
  3. Develop advanced knowledge and skills in two or three disciplines/areas of study,
  4. Foster life-long learning,
  5. Prepare students to navigate a rapidly changing global economy over the course of their working lives.

IDS 100 - Introduction to the College Experience

Introduction to the college experience.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2020

IDS 110 - Experiencing the Arts

Experiential orientation to the creative art — music, art, drama, dance—and their relationships. Materials, processes and basic skills of each of the arts explored through a variety of class activities. No previous experience necessary.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2020

IDS 300 - Study Abroad, Direct Exchange

Holding credits for SCSU students participating in part- or full-time, short-term or semester-long foreign study on a direct-exchange program. Upon successful program completion, students are awarded transfer credits. Students must meet entrance requirements, complete all paperwork, maintain contact with the appropriate SCSU instructor while abroad, and present official transcript in a timely manner upon return. 3-

3 to 15 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

IDS 301 - Study Abroad, Non-Direct Exchange

Holding credits for SCSU students participating in part- or full-time, short-term or semester-long foreign study on a non-direct-exchange program. Upon successful program completion, students are awarded transfer credits. Students must meet entrance requirements, complete all paperwork, maintain contact with instructor while abroad, and present official transcript in a timely manner upon return.

1 to 15 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

IDS 311 - Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies

Examination of interdisciplinary studies, the differences and relationship between academic disciplines, and teaches students how to conduct interdisciplinary research by integrating different disciplinary perspectives.

Prerequisite(s): Major in BA/BS IDS and Junior status or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2021

IDS 320 - Human Flourishing in the 21st Century

This interdisciplinary capstone focuses on two interrelated questions: what does it mean to live well in American in the 21st century? and; what is an individual's role and responsibility as a member of a larger community and environment? As a capstone project, students develop a thoughtful and coherent response to these questions, which they will then present as a poster presentation. The capstone project is a synthesis of four positions developed over the course of the semester as smaller unit projects dealing with the following interrelated themes: food, clothing and shelter, transportation, and population.

Prerequisite(s): 6 of 8 Tier 2 complete (Honors Coll.: 15 cr. HON or 45 cr. total), and prior or concurrent completion of all Tier 1 (Honors Coll.: T1MC and T1QR

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Winter 2020-21

IDS 397 - Internship

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

IDS 398 - Special Topics

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

IDS 401 - Interdisciplinary Investigations of Globalization

Develops methodological frameworks and gains structured research experience in interdisciplinary studies. Examines the economic, sociopolitical, and cultural aspects of globalization and draws on three or more disciplines to formulate an original line of inquiry, research a complex problem related to globalization, and propose a solution. Final projects, which may take the form of a written proposal, or a product/deliverable in the public service, educational, technological, multi-media, fine arts, or enterpreneurial domains, will be publicly presented; all final projects will include an accompanying research journal and process analysis essay.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112 or 120, IDS 311, major in BA-IDS or BS-IDS, 6 of 8 Tier 2 complete (Honors Coll.: 15 cr. HON or 45 cr. total), and prior or concurrent completion of all Tier 1 (Honors Coll.: T1MC and T1QR only).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2021

IDS 405 - In a World: A Gamified Capstone Experience

Uses gamification, world-building, and transmedia storytelling techniques to explore the boundaries between fiction and reality. Interdisciplinary teams work collaboratively to construct a fictional world informed by what we know about our own. Game elements structure interaction, creative development, and class discussion and experiences.

Prerequisite(s): 6 of 8 Tier 2 categories (Honors Coll.: 15 cr. HON or 45 cr. total), and prior or concurrent completion of all Tier 1 courses (Honors Coll.: T1MC and T1QR only).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2021

IDS 452 - Seminar in Reflective Practice

Provides an opportunity to discuss and problem-solve issues pertinent to student-teaching assignments, updating professional portfolio, and issues related to first year teaching.

2 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017