University Catalog 2023-2024

GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Requirement  (5 credit hours)

  • A total of five credit hours from the university approved GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives course list.
  • Special Note:  If a student changes a General Education course except for HES courses from a letter grade to credit-only (S/U), then the course will not satisfy the GEP requirements.  Consult your academic advisor if you have questions.


  • A course taken to satisfy a Major requirement may also satisfy this requirement if the course is on the approved GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives course list.
  •  A course that satisfies the Interdisciplinary Perspectives requirement may also satisfy the Global Knowledge or U.S. Diversity co-requisite if the course also exists on either university approved GEP co-requisite course list.
    • Note: Double-counting with U.S. Diversity applies to students matriculated prior to Fall 2023. Students matriculated after Fall 2023 may only double-count Global Knowledge.


Interdisciplinary study provides students with the opportunity to synthesize knowledge and skills, to make connections between fields of study, to consider more than one disciplinary approach or methodology, and to bring to bear the insights from two or more disciplines in examining and/or responding to complex problems.

Category Objectives

Each course in Interdisciplinary Perspectives category will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:

  1. Distinguish between the distinct approaches of two or more disciplines; and
  2. Identify and apply authentic connections between two or more disciplines; and
  3. Explore and synthesize the approaches or views of the two or more disciplines.

Interdisciplinary Course Criteria

Topic Coverage
An interdisciplinary course may be based around a broad topic, such as an idea, theme, problem, region, institution, era or issue. The complexity of such topics may mean that they can be more adequately addressed using an interdisciplinary approach rather than through a single disciplinary point of view.  Instructors should help students to integrate the multiple points of view into a cohesive understanding. The multiple disciplines may come from any college or from across colleges.

The courses must include sustained, rigorous and substantive instruction that focuses on the content and approaches of two or more disciplines.

Methods of Delivery are flexible and must include one of the following approaches

  • Teams of faculty or experts from different disciplines. In team-based courses all faculty are responsible for the course and contribute to components of the class.
  • Individual faculty members teaching a single course. The instructor need not be an expert in multiple disciplines; the purpose of these courses is not to train students in multiple disciplines. The role of the instructor is to guide students in seeing the value in using multiple disciplinary perspectives in addressing specific themes, topics, issues, cultures or problems through an informed and rigorous exploration of these perspectives.


All colleges and departments are encouraged to participate in the development of appropriate courses for the Interdisciplinary Perspectives list and submit new or revised courses to CUE for approval.

AEC 245Global Conservation Ecology3GK
AEC 380Water Resources: Global Issues in Ecology, Policy, Management, and Advocacy3GK
AEE 208Agricultural Biotechnology: Issues and Implications3
AFS 344Leadership in African American Communities3USD, USD, , I
AFS 444African American and African Women Leaders3USD, , I
ANS 208Agricultural Biotechnology: Issues and Implications3
ANT 261Technology in Society and Culture3GK, SS
ANT 471Understanding Latino Migration3GK, SS
ANT 571Understanding Latino Migration3GK, SS
ARE 336Introduction to Resource and Environmental Economics3
ARS 257Technology in the Arts3
BCH 220Role of Biotechnology in Society3
BIO 165Introduction to Environmental Research5
BIO 227Understanding Structural Diversity through Biological Illustration3NS
BIO 230The Science of Studying Dinosaurs3NS
BIT 100Current Topics in Biotechnology4NS
CH 345Chemistry and War3
COM 289Science Communication and Public Engagement3HUM, SS
COS 100Science of Change2
CS 224Seeds, Biotechnology and Societies3GK
CS 230Introduction to Agroecology3GK
CSC 110Computer Science Principles - The Beauty and Joy of Computing3
CSC 281Foundations of Interactive Game Design3
D 100Design Inquiry I: Methods and Processes3
D 101Design Inquiry II: Methods and Processes3
DAN 332Dance and Technology2
E 102Engineering in the 21st Century2
E 480Namibia Wildlife Aerial Observatory6GK
EC 336Introduction to Resource and Environmental Economics3
ECI 305Equity and Education3USD, , USD, IP
EI 201Exploring Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurial Thinking3
EI 331Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurial Thinking I: Skills and Planning Basics3
EMA 110Introduction to Arts Entrepreneurship3
EMA 365Foundations in Arts Entrepreneurship3
EMA 370Practical Arts Entrepreneurship3
EMS 350Teaching Environmental Education3
ENG 232Literature and Medicine3HUM
ENG 308Contemporary Issues in Ecofeminism3HUM
ENG 329Language and Globalization3HUM, GK
ENG 339Literature and Technology3HUM
ENG 340Literature, Art, and Society3HUM
ENG 341Literature and Science3HUM
ENG 342Literature of Space and Place3USD, I, IP, HUM, USD
ENG 376Science Fiction3
ENG 425Analysis of Scientific and Technical Writing3
ENT 201Insects and People3NS
ENT 207Insects and Human Disease3GK, NS
ENV 101Exploring the Environment2
ENV 250Diversity and Environmental Justice3USD, I, IP, USD
ES 100Introduction to Environmental Sciences3GK
ES 150Water and the Environment3GK
ES 200Climate Change and Sustainability3GK
ES 300Energy and Environment3GK
ES 449Human Dimensions of Natural Resources in Australia/New Zealand3GK
ES 450Sustaining Natural Resources in Australia/New Zealand3GK
FB 476Environmental Life Cycle Analysis3
FB 480The Sustainable Bioeconomy3
FB 576Environmental Life Cycle Analysis3
FB 580The Sustainable Bioeconomy3
FLF 212French: Language, Culture, and Technology3GK
FLG 212German Language, Culture, Science, and Technology3GK
FLG 440Green Germany: Nature and Environment in German Speaking Cultures3GK
FLS 212Spanish: Language, Technology, Culture3GK
FOR 248Forest History, Technology and Society3
FOR 414World Forestry3
FW 221Conservation of Natural Resources3GK, NS
GIS 205Spatial Thinking with GIS3
GN 301Genetics in Human Affairs3NS
HA 240Introduction to Visual Culture3GK, HUM
HI 240Introduction to Visual Culture3GK, HUM
HI 305Frauds and Mysteries of the Past3HUM
HI 318Environmental History of Cuba: Prehistory to the Present3
HI 321Scientific Revolution and European Society, 1500-18003GK, HUM
HI 322Rise of Modern Science3
HI 323Science, American Style3
HI 341Technology in History3
HI 342Global Environmental History3HUM, GK
HI 344Dinomania: Dinosaurs in Culture and Science3
HI 346The Civil War Era in Popular Culture3HUM, USD, , I, USD
HI 361Global History of American Food and Drink3GK, HUM
HI 382History of Capitalism in America3USD, , I, HUM, IP
HI 383Law in the American Story3HUM, USD, , I
HI 440American Environmental History3
HI 481History of the Life Sciences3
HI 482Darwinism in Science and Society3
HI 483Science and Religion in European History3GK
HI 484Science in European Culture3GK
HI 485History of American Technology3
HI 540American Environmental History3
HI 581History of the Life Sciences3
HI 582Darwinism in Science and Society3
HI 583Science and Religion in European History3GK
HI 584Science in European Culture3GK
HI 585History of American Technology3
HON 293Honors Special Topics - Interdisciplinary Perspectives/Global Knowledge3GK
HON 296Honors Special Topics - Interdisciplinary Perspectives3
HON 297Honors Special Topics - Interdisciplinary Perspectives/US Diversity3USD
HON 310The Creative Process in Science: Realities, Comparisons, and Culture Perceptions3USD
HON 311Words through Space and Time3GK
HON 312Outbreak3
HON 313Reading Machines3
HON 340Religion and Freedom3
HON 341Time Travel3HUM
HON 345On the Human3HUM
HON 347Freedom and the Self3HUM
HON 348Emotion and Reason3
HON 355Feelings of/from Technology: Analog Bodies in Digital Spaces3GK
HON 356Sweet: A Global History of Sugar3GK
HON 360Music and Resistance3GK
HON 390Music and the Celtic World3VPA, GK
HSS 120Introduction to Humanities & Social Sciences2
ID 244History of Industrial Design3HUM
IDS 201Environmental Ethics3GK
IDS 203Humans and the Environment3
IDS 210Introduction to American Studies3USD, , USD, IP
IDS 211Eating through American History3
IDS 220The Science and Art of Happiness3GK, USD
IDS 310Animals in the Global Community3GK
IPGE 295Interdisciplinary Perspectives Special Topics2-3
IPGK 295Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Global Knowledge Special Topics2-3GK
IPUS 295Interdisciplinary Perspectives and U.S. Diversity Special Topics2-3USD
IS 200Introduction to International Studies3GK
IS 250Globalizing North Carolina3USD, , I, USD
IS 471Understanding Latino Migration3GK, SS
LAR 445Sustainable Design and Development3
LSC 101Critical and Creative Thinking in the Life Sciences2
M 380Doing Business Globally3
MB 200The Fourth Horseman: Plagues that Changed the World3NS
MEA 100Earth System Science: Exploring the Connections4GK, NS
MEA 260Human Dimensions of Climate Change3
MIE 201Introduction to Business Processes3
MUS 200Understanding Music: Global Perspectives3VPA, GK
MUS 350Music of Asia3GK, VPA
NE 290Introduction to Health Physics3NS
NR 203Humans and the Environment3
NS 420Naval Leadership and Ethics3HUM
NTR 210Introduction to Community Food Security3USD
PB 208Agricultural Biotechnology: Issues and Implications3
PB 213Plants and Civilization3
PB 219Plants in Folklore, Myth, and religion3
PCC 201Impact of Industry on the Environment and Society3
PCC 274Introduction to Forensic Science3
PHI 210Representation, Reason and Reality3HUM
PHI 227Data Ethics3HUM
PHI 312Philosophy of Law3HUM
PHI 313Ethical Problems in the Law3HUM
PHI 325Bio-Medical Ethics3HUM
PHI 331Philosophy of Language3HUM
PHI 332Philosophy of Psychology3HUM
PHI 340Philosophy of Science3HUM
PHI 347Neuroscience and Philosophy3HUM
PHI 425Introduction to Cognitive Science3HUM
PHI 440The Scientific Method3HUM
PHI 447Philosophy, Evolution and Human Nature3HUM
PO 212Poultry and People: Why did the chicken cross the world?3
PO 411Agrosecurity3
PP 232Big Data in Your Pocket: Call it a Smartphone3
PP 241The Worm's Tale: Parasites In Our Midst3
PRT 203Humans and the Environment3
PRT 449Human Dimensions of Natural Resources in Australia/New Zealand3GK
PRT 450Sustaining Natural Resources in Australia/New Zealand3GK
PSE 220From Papyrus to Plasma Screens: Paper and Society2
PSE 476Environmental Life Cycle Analysis3
PSE 576Environmental Life Cycle Analysis3
PSY 208Psychobiology of Success3SS
PSY 425Introduction to Cognitive Science3HUM
PSY 432Human Sexuality and Intimate Relationships3SS
REL 380Emotion and Religion3HUM
REL 471Darwinism and Christianity3HUM
SIP 112Wicked Problems, Wolfpack Solutions: (Y)Our Health2
SIP 114Wicked Problems, Wolfpack Solutions: Global Change2
SIP 116Wicked Problems, Wolfpack Solutions: The Future of Food2
SLC 202CREATE: Carolina Regional Entrepreneurship Albright Team Experience3
SLC 250Critical and Creative Decision Making Models3
SLC 350Leadership and Negotiation3USD
SMT 201Sustainable Materials for Green Housing2
SMT 232Recycling to Create a Sustainable Environment2
SMT 310Introduction to Industrial Ecology3
SOC 207Language and Society3SS, USD, , I, USD
SOC 261Technology in Society and Culture3GK, SS
SOC 381Sociology of Medicine3
SSC 185Land and Life3
STS 210Women and Gender in Science and Technology3USD, , I, USD
STS 214Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society3
STS 257Technology in the Arts3
STS 301Science and Civilization3
STS 302Contemporary Science, Technology and Human Values3GK
STS 304Ethical Dimensions of Progress3
STS 310Science, Psi, Sasquatch, & Spirits3
STS 315Feminist Futures3
STS 320Cycling Cities: STS, the Bicycle and Urban Transportation3GK
STS 322Technological Catastrophes3
STS 323World Population and Food Prospects3GK
STS 325Bio-Medical Ethics3HUM
STS 402Peace and War in the Nuclear Age3
STS 405Technology and American Culture3
STS 471Darwinism and Christianity3HUM
SW 260Introduction to Gerontology: An Interdisciplinary Field of Practice3USD
SW 290The Development of Social Welfare and Social Work in the U.S.3USD, , USD, IP
USC 116Introduction to Sustainability for EcoVillage1
USC 260Research as a Profession2
WGS 210Women and Gender in Science and Technology3USD, , I, USD
WGS 215Abolitionist Futures3USD, , I, USD
WGS 308Contemporary Issues in Ecofeminism3HUM
WGS 315Feminist Futures3
WGS 330Women and Health3
WGS 370Advanced Studies of Gender in Science3
WPS 201Sustainable Materials for Green Housing2
ZO 233Human-Animal Interactions3