ITDS - Interdisciplinary Studies
ITDS 1145. Comparative Arts (3-0-3) An introduction to the arts with emphasis on common elements, parallel dimensions, and aesthetic perception and response.
ITDS 1146. Introduction to African and African-American Culture (3-0-3) This course will examine African culture and the cultures of the Africans in the Americas. It will investigate the shared common experiences of Africans and African-Americans and the contributions of these groups to world cultures.
ITDS 1155. The Western Intellectual Tradition (3-0-3) An examination of the concepts and related dynamics that are central to and defining of the western intellectual tradition.
ITDS 1156. Understanding Non-Western Cultures (3-0-3) An examination of non-western systems of thought to increase understanding of cultural diversity and the process of cultural traditions.
ITDS 1215. Introduction to Life in Space (3-3-4) An introduction to consider how life processes are affected by exposure to microgravity and the stresses of space exploration. Students will have a better understanding of the earth and space environments and adaptations some life forms possess in order to survive and thrive in each. Field trips, investigative laboratories using applications of computer technology, a student project, a visit to the Coca Cola Space Science Center, and group activities will be integral parts of this course.
(Course fee required.)
ITDS 2105. The International Cross-Cultural Experience (1-0-1)
This course assists students in preparing for the study abroad
experience by focusing on pertinent intercultural concepts and models.
It will familiarize students with the process of cultural learning, its
theoretical foundation, and its application. It will enable students to
maximize the cross-cultural and educational benefits of studying abroad.
May be repeated for each study abroad or exchange program.
ITDS 2106. Medical Terminology (2-0-2) Introduction to medical vocabulary, including root words, prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms.
ITDS 2107. Modern Latin America (3-0-3) Designed to introduce
students to contemporary Latin America through a broad-ranging
examination of the region's recent history, economy, politics, and
ITDS 2205. The Re-Entry Experience for Study Abroad Students (1-0-1)
This course assists students in making a successful re-entry to the
U.S. culture after completing semester or year-long study abroad programs.
The course focuses on specific phenomena and theories that are related to
re-entry. The concepts and experiences discussed in this course will
enable the student to integrate their experience abroad into their life in
ITDS 2726. Introduction to Cultural Diversity (1-0-1) This course is designed to familiarize students with the cultural differences of the major racial/ethnic minority groups within the United States. Myths, stereotypes, and issues concerning minority groups will also be explored. Based upon individual experiences, guest speakers, presentations, self-exploration, and lectures, students will attain knowledge that will help them better understand and relate to these groups.
ITDS 2727. Introduction to Interpersonal Skills (1-0-1) This course is designed to introduce students to basic skills needed in the helping profession. A survey of the helping discipline, including job opportunities and work settings, will be covered. Social skill training techniques in the helping field will be demonstrated and practiced across a number of settings. Interpersonal relationship concepts, evaluative and developmental issues, and conflict resolution are components in this course. This course will review requirements and competencies for further study.
ITDS 2735. Life and Career Planning (1-0-1) This course is designed to help students consider those career choices and related factors contributing to satisfaction and happiness in life. The process of goal setting and self-management by objectives will be studied in order for the student to plan systematically for a career.
(Course fee required.)
ITDS 2746. Business and Society (1-0-1) An introduction to the roles of business in historical and contemporary society, the relationship between business and governmental and not-for-profit institutions, and ways in which business interacts with virtually all professions, occupations and careers. Students will investigate moral and ethical issues relating to business and societal goals, and ways by which they might be resolved.
ITDS 2748. Topics in Global Issues (1-0-1) An interdisciplinary course on issues that affect the world or the people of the world, issues such as air pollution, Internet child pornography, international copyright infringement, endangered species, policies of the United nations, international stock markets, export/import laws, etc. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Course will be taught by faculty from various departments and colleges.
ITDS 2749. Ethics and Legal Issues in the Professions (1-0-1) An interdisciplinary course focusing on such issues as censorship, plagiarism, truth in advertising, forgery, invalid scientific data and experiments, etc. Issues will vary from semester to semester. Course will be taught by faculty from various departments and colleges.
ITDS 2755. Elements of Critical Thinking (1-0-1) This course focuses on the questions of how to reason correctly and how to identify fallacies in reasoning. Specifically, the issues of validity, consistency, formal and informal fallacies will be addressed.
ITDS 2795. Lead Learners: Peer Tutors and Mentors (1-0-1)
Provides an overview of the dynamic and interpersonal aspects of the learning
process and considers the best practices tutors, mentors, future teachers,
potential student leaders, and all learners can employ to facilitate learning.
Topics include learning styles, learner-centered teaching, brain-based learning,
critical thinking, and communication skills. The course seeks to give students a
heightened awareness of the learning process and evidence-based learning
strategies in an effort to create innovative, reflective mentors, tutors and
learners. Satisfies training requirements for peer tutors and mentors seeking
Level I, II or III International Tutor Certification (ITPC) or Peer Mentor
ITDS 2796. Leadership Development (1-0-1)
A course for students who are interested in developing and honing
leadership skills in order to become effective campus and community leaders.
Topics include surprising facts about leaders, assessing leadership
tendencies and personality traits, expressing leadership vision,
listening, building relationships and teams, defining problems and
reaching solutions, motivating, delegating tasks and responsibilities,
managing conflict, and supporting and empowering participation.
ITDS 5555. Interdisciplinary Special Topics
Pre-requisites include junior standing or above, an overall GPA of 2.5, if undergraduate; and a preliminary statement of expectations and plan of study. This course is designed to provide junior/senior undergraduate students or graduate students with knowledge of various special topics that are interdisciplinary in nature.