Select two of the following
ITDS 1125. Science in the Public Discourse: Modern and Historical Conflicts Between the Natural Sciences and Public Opinion (2-0-2) This course will explore the sometimes contentious debates between the natural sciences (e.g. astronomy, biology, earth science) and pseudoscientific ideologies, especially modern and/or historical conflicts between scientific theories and established belief systems. The course will explore the nature of science in the context of public discourse on one or more of the following topics: evolution and creationism/intelligent design, flood geology, age of the Earth, formation of the universe/solar system, climate change, genetic engineering, and/or alternative medicine.
ITDS 1779. Scholarship Across the Disciplines (2-0-2) Students are introduced to scholarship across academic disciplines through invited talks by university researchers working on nationally and globally significant projects. Presentations are accompanied by reading and writing assignments that develop essential undergraduate research skills such as literature reviews, quantitative reasoning, critical use of primary sources, the identification of a research problem, critical analysis of texts, or confrontations with works of art.
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. (Course fee required.)
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. (Course fee required.)
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.
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. (Course fee required.)
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. (Course fee required.)
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. (Course fee required.)