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Interdisciplinary Studies

IDS 101 College Colloquium (1)

Topical seminars designed to pursue significant issues and questions of special interest to instructors and students. Seminars invite students into the intellectual life of the university, model rigorous engagement, and help them develop qualities of good scholarship -- effective writing, careful reading, critical thinking, and cogent argumentation. Seminars do not count toward majors or minors. Required for all entering first-year students.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

IDS 103X Wallulah (Yearbook) (.25)

This course provides credit for creating Willamette's yearbook, the Wallulah, and teaches students about all aspects of the yearbook, including photography, layout and design and journalistic writing. Students are responsible for meeting during class time, but much of the work is performed outside of class. No previous yearbook experience or class requisites are required.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Long, Maynard

IDS 105 Transition to College Learning (.25)

In this course, students will learn practical applications of the developmental psychology literature of Erikson, Perry and Chickering as it relates to young adult experiences during college years; psychological research on memory function as it relates to studying, reading and test-taking; and the psychological research on group processes and cultural differences as it relates to classroom and campus environments. Specific topics will include organizational skills, goal-setting, time management and memory enhancement.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Loers, Miller-Moe

IDS 110 Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies (.5 or 1)

An introductory investigation of a topic that crosses the boundaries of traditional disciplines and goes beyond the boundaries of the Willamette University campus. Students will have an opportunity to learn about multiple perspectives as they critically read, write, and discuss issues that have national and/or international implications with a visiting professor from another country.

  • Offering: Alternate Falls
  • Instructor: Staff

IDS 130 Cultural Awareness (.5)

Focus is on cultural identity and on contemporary issues relating to the values and goals of diverse cultural groups. An emphasis also will be on examining and getting beyond prejudice and institutionalized racism. Supplementary readings, guest speakers, participation in campus cultural and intellectual life provide the format of the course.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

IDS 135 (CA; W) Interdisciplinary Performance Workshop (1)

Students in this course explore different aspects of performance through the use of awareness and movement disciplines, including the Alexander Technique and Authentic Movement. No previous performance experience is required; students engage in whatever medium (music, acting, dramatic reading, improvised movement) most interests them. Emphasis is placed on the anatomy of movement and on the role that awareness plays in the creative process from conception to realization in all performing disciplines.

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: King

IDS 140 (NW) Introduction to Cognitive Science (1)

Cognitive science focuses on how people, animals and machines come to be intelligent. It is an interdisciplinary field at the interface of psychology, linguistics, computer science, anthropology, philosophy, and neuroscience. This introductory, lab-based course explores the origins, methodologies, accomplishments, and current controversies associated with this rapidly emerging field, thus challenging students to think critically yet creatively about this new approach to investigating mind, brain, and behavior.

Mode of Inquiry: Understanding the Natural World

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Stewart

IDS 150 Research in the Information Age (.5)

This course will acquaint students with the many aspects and uses of information in contemporary society, from the World Wide Web to discipline-specific databases. While introducing the students to basic information technologies needed to excel in their academic career, this course will emphasize critical thinking and research skills. It is especially recommended for freshmen.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Meyertons, Simonsen

IDS 155 Linguistics (1)

The study of language touches a variety of academic disciplines from sociology, anthropology, philosophy, English and foreign language studies to psychology, computer science, and neurology. However, the one discipline solely devoted to its study is the field of linguistics. This course takes the approach of mapping out the broad landscape of language study for those who have little or no understanding of the field of linguistics. Students are introduced to core areas of linguistics: Phonetics (the study of human speech sound), Phonology (the study of the sound systems of languages), Morphology (the study of the structure of words), Syntax (the study of the structure of sentences), Semantics (the study of meaning in language) and Pragmatics (the study of meaning from the point of view of the user). Students are also led to apply these basic concepts to a variety of interdisciplinary areas, such as the psychology of language, language learning/teaching, language variation, language and the brain, and computational linguistics.

  • Offering: Alternate springs
  • Instructor: Fujiwara

IDS 165 Journalistic Writing I (.5 credit)

This course will introduce students to the basics of journalistic writing. Topics will include story structure, news analysis, research, grammar, editorial columns and interviewing. Some attention will also be given to libel, journalistic ethics and layout.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Hughes

IDS 202 Convocation: Reflecting on Campus, Community and Cosmos (.5)

An action and reflection seminar resulting in the production of the University Convocation each week of the semester. Students will research issues that academia can and should address and invite to the University Convocation public intellectuals and artists who can speak to an educated general audience of students, faculty, staff and local citizens. Reading, discussions, conversations with faculty and community leaders will lead to the planning, publicizing, presiding and hosting of the University Convocation series.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Wallace

IDS 203 (W) Intercultural Study within Cultural Immersion (1)

Course is designed to facilitate and promote the experiential learning process in an intercultural context. Introduces students to the value of cultural comparison that illuminates both similarities and differences. Improves the overall study abroad program by providing essential pre-departure and re-entry training designed to capitalize on the cultural immersion experience. Prepares students to learn from the psychological and conceptual challenges they will face during each phase of the experience. Examines the advantages and disadvantages of culture study, including the contrast of internal and external perspectives, and the concept of critical self-consciousness. Encourages and challenges students to continue learning about other cultures and other perspectives.

Prerequisite: Only students participating in an off-campus, cultural immersion program are eligible

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Lou

IDS 205 Chemawa Indian School Partnership Program (.5)

This service-learning course introduces students to the history of and ontemporary challenges in American Indian education. Students serve as tutors and mentors at the Chemawa Indian School of Salem in support of college preparatory programs, and in turn, are mentored by Native American adult educators. Tutoring will be on-site, covering basic academic subjects such as reading, math, science, and social studies. Mentoring will include hosting Chemawa students on the Willamette campus for academic and social events.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Dobkins

IDS 209 Cross-Cultural Communication (.5)

This class is designed to teach students cognitive and behavioral skills needed to communicate with others from a significantly different cultural background. Emphasis is focused on Asian cultures, however, the class is appropriate for students in any major who are interested in cross-cultural communication and for those who are going or returning from abroad. The course material is adapted from Ivey and Ivey's multi-cultural counseling theory as well as intercultural theory. Emphasis will be on teaching the basic listening sequence in a multi-cultural context. Mastery of these skills will expand the repertoire of communication skills available to the individual, so that the individual is able to communicate with others from a significantly different background.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Loers/Bragg

IDS 220 (AR; NW) The Body in Science and Society (1)

This class will use exemplars from the history of anatomy, physiology, and medicine to examine the intellectual processes that underlie science as a way of understanding the world. In addition, students will be introduced to paradigms for making reasoned judgments about the moral consequences associated with various advances in human biological science.

Mode of Inquiry: Analyzing Arguments, Reasons, and Values; Understanding the Natural World

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Harmer

IDS 222 (NW) Fundamentals of Neuroscience (1)

This course covers fundamental principles of the development, function, and occasional malfunction of the human nervous system, the methodologies, discoveries, and frontiers of this interdisciplinary area of inquiry. Lectures and mandatory laboratories are designed to challenge students to think in new ways about the relationship between brain, body, and behavior.

Prerequisite: Freshman or sophomore standing, or consent of instructor

Mode of Inquiry: Understanding the Natural World

  • Offering: Alternate springs
  • Instructor: Stavrianeas, Stewart

IDS 230 (US) Rites of Passage in Japan and the United States (1)

This course focuses on the events of birth, marriage, and death as they are socially construed by way of symbols, rituals, and myths. Initially, attention is directed to theoretical foundations and the constructs of symbol, ritual and myth themselves. Readings are drawn from anthropology, communication studies, linguistics, and sociology. Thereafter, focus turns to each of the events-birth, marriage, and death-and the ways that various cultures make them meaningful. The constructs examined earlier in the term are applied to selected case studies from Japan and the United States.

Mode of Inquiry: Understanding Society

  • Offering: Alternate falls
  • Instructor: Douglass and TIUA Staff

IDS 252 (CA) 3D Animation (1)

Students learn and experience the process of computer animation production while also examining the work of professional animators (computer and traditional). Topics include story development, storyboarding, timing using story-reels, post-production, and computer modeling and animation using professional 3D animation software. Students work in teams to produce a complete computer animation. A key component of this course includes interactive work with students in MUSC 339 Digital Music Techniques to combine animation with original music.

Prerequisite: Students should be very comfortable working on the computer and learning new software

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Orr

IDS 260 (NW; W) Women Naturalists of the Western Americas (1)

The course will include lectures, reading of primary literature, field work, and journaling. Students will also critique and analyze traditional approaches to the natural sciences. Students will review selected research articles and readings with a focus on women's career development; specifically, the influence of gender roles identity on the participation of girls and boys in science classes. Students will develop writing and communication skills that are used by naturalists (male and female) to include field notes, formal plant descriptions, biography, and autobiography.

Mode of Inquiry: Understanding the Natural World

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Rose

IDS 321 (AR) Ethics in the American Tradition (1)

The aim of this interdisciplinary course is to address the institutional structures which define American society and shape our ability to make responsible ethical decisions. The course will begin with an analysis of current American values, broadly defined, and will conclude with a study of the major ethical systems which are attempting to respond, through these issues, to the decisions which confront us in the modern world. Several case studies will be conducted to test the implications of these ethical systems and the options they pose for corporate ethics.

Mode of Inquiry: Analyzing Arguments, Reasons, and Values

Prerequisite: Junior/Senior standing or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: McGaughy

IDS 322 (IT) The Idea of Europe (1)

This course will examine the emergence and development of cultural identities in Europe, with a particular focus on the emergence and development of a conception of "Europe" and "European" from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. In order to understand these notions more clearly, it will be pertinent to study what was NOT Europe/European throughout this same time period.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts

  • Offering: Alternate years in fall or spring
  • Instructor: DeLeonibus

IDS 325 (W) Field Studies in Hawaii (1)

A field course consisting of lectures and field trips which will touch on the following topics related to Hawaii: description of the islands and the causes of the present appearance based upon geological, biological, sociological and cultural information. Special emphasis will be placed on the geological formation, biological aspects (present distributions and the origins of the flora and fauna) and present major activities (i.e., sugar cane, pineapple and tourism industries; environmental quality control; methods of preserving and maintaining original habitat and culture). Some aspects of the immediate marine environment will also be investigated.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Post-session
  • Instructor: Goodney, Rose, Thorsett

IDS 327 (AR; W) The American Story and the Legacy of Vietnam (1)

Language has become a problem in the modern world: its expanding role as a means of global communication has, at the same time, accented the barriers to human understanding posed by competing ideologies concealed within languages. As a result, power, rather than argument or persuasion, has become the normal means for achieving national and personal ends. This seminar addresses, through selected case studies, the relationship of language and power in the American tradition and their impact on politics and ethics. The Vietnam War is offered as a case study.

Mode of Inquiry: Analyzing Arguments, Reasons, and Values

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Alternate years in spring
  • Instructor: Collins, Staff

IDS 329 Mythology and Symbolism (1)

This seminar explores how symbols found in myths, legends, rituals and dreams relate to key developmental transitions in the human life cycle: birth, puberty, young adulthood, mid-life and death. Symbolic expression is examined at both a cultural level (a comparative study of contemporary symbolism in Anglo, Native American and Eastern cultures) and at an individual level (i.e., one’s own creative symbolism, especially in dreams). A major focus will be on how knowledge gleaned through these Modes of Inquiry can enhance the ability to make decisions that affect one’s own and others’ personal development.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Permission of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years in fall
  • Instructor: Fischer

IDS 330 (W) Science Studies (1)

This course analyzes the scientific enterprise. We shall see how different disciplines from the humanities and social sciences (history, philosophy, sociology and anthropology) can be used to illuminate different aspects of science. Topics include: logical positivism, the social construction of scientific knowledge, interest theory, entity realism, skills and practices in science, gender and science and ethnomethodological approaches to studying science. Previous knowledge of a science is helpful.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Jackson

IDS 331 Religion and Science (1)

Relation of religious and scientific perspectives: the historic and philosophical tensions between the Christian tradition and the natural and social sciences and the ways of mutual clarification of these perspectives in the 20th-century.

  • Offering: Alternate years in Fall
  • Instructor: McGaughey

IDS 332 Mysticism and Creativity (1)

An exploration of Eastern and Western mystical traditions as expressed in literature and other arts. Students will explore their own creative and spiritual experiences by writing a series of personal, reflective essays.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: G. Bowers

IDS 336 (W; 4th Sem Lang Req) Field Studies in Ecuador: A Perspective on Latin America (1)

A post-session field studies course centered in Ecuador at several geographical locations and focusing on topics related to the natural sciences, language and culture, the arts, sociology and political science. Emphasis will be on a historical and modern approach to study of the interrelationships among indigenous and Spanish-speaking groups, the interaction between culture and environment and the tremendous biological and geological diversity in Ecuador. It will also explore the impact of development, economics and land reform on the environment and its people.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered; Fourth Semester Language Requirement

  • Offering: Post-session
  • Instructor: Staff

IDS 343 Field Studies in Chicago (1)

This is a four-week off-campus program. It employs readings as well as guided tours of different racial and ethnic communities, the commercial centers, architecture and museums; explorations of the visual arts, music, theater; a service learning internship; and a seminar to investigate and reflect upon the complexity, diversity and problems confronting modern urban America from an interdisciplinary perspective. Arrangements are supported by the Urban Life Center in Chicago.

  • Offering: Post-session
  • Instructor: Staff

IDS 347 Chemistry, Economics and the Environment (1)

A case study approach to environmental issues, considering both the technological and economic perspectives on causes and solutions. Issues considered may include acid rain, ozone depletion, global warming and toxic wastes.

Prerequisite: A course in Chemistry and a course in Economics

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Goodney

IDS 350 (US) The Sociology of Science (1)

The course analyzes the role sociology has played over the past four decades in elucidating the scientific enterprise. We shall explore the impact of institutions on research, the role of social interests in science and the importance of skills and practices in the scientific enterprise.

Mode of Inquiry: Understanding Society

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Jackson

IDS 351 (W) Culture of Ancient Greece (1)

A postsession course in Greece which includes field trips to museums and key archaeological sites to complement lectures and readings in the archaeology, culture, history, and rhetoric of ancient Greece. Examination of the geographical and cultural milieu of the classical Greek tradition as revealed in the art, architecture, and artifacts will enhance understanding of the rhetorical tradition exemplified in texts by Demosthenes, Aristotle, and Plato.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Post-session
  • Instructor: Clark, Collins

IDS 352 Advanced 3D Animation (1)

An in-depth study of computer animation production that extends and expands on skills learned in IDS 252. Emphasis will be on story and character development. Additional topics include global illumination, skeletons, skinning, and kinematics. Students work as a group to produce an animated short with original music. A key component of this course is interactive work with students in music.

Prerequisite: IDS 252

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Orr

IDS 355 An Introduction to Opera (1)

Major works of European and American musical drama studied in their literary, theatrical and musical contexts. This course aims to enhance understanding and appreciation of opera through the study of libretti (playscripts), audio and video recordings and several live performances of great operas. No previous musical training assumed.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

IDS 356 Studies in Cuba (1)

The program runs as an intersession and as a post-session and it focuses on a course entitled Introduction to Contemporary Cuba at the prestigious University of Havana. The course presents the political, social and economic history of Cuba with a particular emphasis on the period since 1898. There are two sections of the course, one for students fluent in Spanish and another for those lacking language fluency. The program also involves field trips in Havana and its environs.

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff

IDS 363 Studies in Oaxaca, Mexico (1)

A post-session cultural studies course centered in Oaxaca, Mexico focusing on topics related to the arts, sociology, history, populations and ethnic groups, language, biodiversity, traditional medicine and indigenous community organizations. Emphasis will be on a cultural immersion approach (students will live with host families and have intensive language instruction), and the study of the interrelationship of history, languages, culture and environment. A series of excursions augment the classroom and experiential learning.

Prerequisite: Application to and selection by the Off-Campus Programs Committee and a spring semester course related to Oaxaca, which will be designated each year by the Office of International Education

  • Offering: Post-session
  • Instructor: Staff

IDS 421 (IT) Studies in Florence (1)

A post-session seminar in Florence, a city of fundamental importance in the history of great art and literature. On-site, interdisciplinary discussion of art and writing by Florentines or by foreigners in Florence. Open to freshmen. Post-session.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts

Prerequisite: One university-level credit in art history or literature

  • Offering: Offered every third year from mid-May to mid-June (four weeks)
  • Instructor: Hull

IDS 423 (W) Literature of Natural Science (1)

A study of scientific communication through the reading of classic texts in the sciences. Authors such as Galileo, Newton, Darwin and Einstein will be analyzed to investigate scientific content and literary form.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: Junior/Senior standing; one previous course in Literature and Natural Science preferred

  • Offering: Alternate years in spring
  • Instructor: Goodney, Long

IDS 499 Presidential Scholars Program (1-4)

The Presidential Scholars Program permits selected seniors the opportunity to complete a substantial project of study, research, or creative work that will contribute to their academic growth. The Undergraduate Grants and Awards Committee selects scholars annually from the junior class on the basis of the strength of their proposed project, record of academic achievement, intellectual caliber, and independence of character. Presidential Scholars' projects will consist of a maximum of four credits in total, no more than three credits in a single semester.

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff