Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS)

IDS - Interdisciplinary Studies Courses

IDS 201 Environmental Ethics 3.

Interdisciplinary consideration of ways in which field of study coupled with personal/cultural values contribute towards either solving or compounding environmental problems; provides framework for process of making ethical decisions.

IDS 210 Introduction to American Studies 3.

Introduction to the interdisciplinary study of American culture through exploration of questions asked and methods used in the field of American Studies. Will incorporate historical, literary, anthropological, and cultural studies approaches and methods for studying culture through texts, objects, and people. Topics to be considered include literary and popular texts, music, clothing, and historical and contemporary American experiences and cultures. Includes one field trip for which students will need to provide their own transportation.

IDS 211 Eating through American History 3.

Examination of cultural and scientific forces that have shaped our relationship with food. Science and politics of dietary recommendations. Influence, over time, of economic, social and political conditions on food preparation, preference and nutritional knowledge. Role of religion, family, tradition and personal experience in shaping eating attitudes and behaviors. Roles played only by women in American food culture.

IDS 220 The Science and Art of Happiness 3.

Interdisciplinary inquiry into the nature of happiness; why it matters, how to promote it, and what harms it. The relevance of the body-mind connection for one's happiness. Current scientific insights into happiness from physiology, neuroscience, and psychology, as well as their connections to Aristotelian ethics and to the concept of suffering in Buddhism. Experiential component of the course consisting of scientifically supported techniques for daily practice for deepening the understanding of course materials and discussions.

IDS 295 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies 1-12.

Detailed investigation of an interdisciplinary topic. Topic and mode of study to be determined by faculty member and/or teach team.

IDS 303 Humans and the Environment 3.

Interactions among human populations in the biophysical system and the environment. Emphasis on current issues, ecological principles and their relationships to basic biophysical processes; considers food, population dynamics, public land and common resources, renewable natural resources, pollution, water resources, energy and non-renewable resources.

IDS 310 Animals in the Global Community 3.

A lecture/seminar exploring the interdisciplinary field of Human Animal Studies in a global context, examining cultural, economic, ethical, ecological, geographical, political, and psychological aspects of human/nonhuman interactions using readings, films, and guest lectures. E.g. what are global ecological/political ramifications of treating cattle as sacred versus breeding them for beef? Why are there more tigers in captivity than in the wild? What are our ethical obligations to the Great Apes? Concepts such as place and placelessness, boundaries, animals as refugees, and interspecies justice will be explored. Course includes team work, and a research project focusing on personal area of interest. Junior Standing or higher.

IDS 490 Interdisciplinary Methods and Issues 3.
Prerequisite: Interdisciplinary Studies Self-Design Majors, Senior standing.

Capstone seminar for students in the IDS self-design major. Intensive study of student's area of concentration, leading to a major research paper.

IDS 495 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies 1-12.

Examination of selected topics of an interdisciplinary nature.

IDS 496 Topics in Film and Interdisciplinary Studies 3.

Detailed examination of film within interdisciplinary contexts. Specific topics will vary from semester to semester.

IDS 498 Independent Study in Interdisciplinary Studies 1-12.

Independent investigation and discussion of a selected topic of an interdisciplinary nature. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a "Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses" be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.