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Interdisciplinary Studies

IDS 061X Model United Nations (.25)

A student-led, activity-based co-curricular class that culminates in an inter-varsity conference that stimulates diplomacy at the United Nations or other international bodies. Students learn about international affairs by adopting the role of diplomats representing a foreign country and articulating its foreign policy positions. They gain hands-on experience in researching their country's foreign policies and specific topics in international affairs, in learning rules of debate and other forms of preparation for the conference, and in intensive simulation of international negotiations in the conference.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Felker

IDS 062X (AR) Intercollegiate Debate (.25)

Preparation, practice and competition in debate. Students travel to tournaments on other campuses. Significant research is required.

Mode of Inquiry: Analyzing Arguments, Reasons, and Values

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Trapp

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 firstyear students.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

IDS 102X Maximizing The Study Abroad Experience (.25)

This course is required for students accepted to study abroad through Willamette University. Students will attend pre-departure orientations, complete culture-learning assignments, complete an evaluation, and participate in a re-entry activity. The goal of the course is to prepare and assist the student in maximizing the learning potential of the study abroad experience. NOTE: Cannot take both IDS 102X and IDS 203.

Prerequisite: Must be approved by the International Education Committee to study abroad for at least one semester on a Willamette University Sponsored Program.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Lou

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 107X Willamette Emergency Medical Service (.25)

This course provides credit for participation in Willamette Emergency Medical Sevices. WEMS provides EMS services to the Willamette community. This course offers continuing education through EMS drills, lectures and exercises that cover all aspects of emergency medical care at the EMT-Basic level. Topics that will be covered include, but are not limited to, trauma and medical assessment, blood pressure and pulse monitoring, respiratory management, basic first aid, CPR, and immobilization of bone/joint injuries. Students will complete a minimum of 5 (24 hour) shifts during which they will be available to respond to medical emergencies on campus. This course may be repeated up to four times for a total of 1 credit.

Prerequisite: Oregon EMS Certification (contact wemsdirector@willamette.edu for information concerning certification).

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Kirk, Trout, Stout

IDS 109 Theoretical and Practical Approaches to Intercultural Learning (.5)

This course is designed for incoming WU international students to examine the role of culture in the US higher education system. Using cultural frameworks to structure their inquiry, students will analyze situations on the WU campus from their own cultural perspective and discuss their perceived similarities and differences. The framework will include such topics as individualism versus collectivism, high/low power distance, neurtral/emotional expression, and internal/external focus of control. By focusing on this framework, students will be introduced to the academic environment and culture of Willamette University as they explore how academic systems, such as advising, academic support, registration and degree planning may be defined by cultural assumptions. The role of technology in this cultural context and intercultural implications within the classroom will also be considered. In addition, students will examine the student/professor/advisor relationship in terms of high context/low context communication styles and make implicit WU and US cultural values and assumptions explicit by gathering data through interviews, surveys and observational forms.  The course begins during Opening Days and ends Thanksgiving week.

Prerequisite: First semester, degree-seeking and exchange international students only.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

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 123 (CA) Performance of Literature (1)

Study of the art of interpreting to an audience various forms of poetry and prose -- fiction, description, memoirs, folk tales -- through voice and gesture. Public presentation is a required part of this course.

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts

  • Offering: Alternate falls
  • Instructor: Clark

IDS 129 (IT) 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.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years in fall
  • Instructor: Fischer

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 141 (AR, W) What is a Just Society? (1)

This course engages students in a consideration of justice and the role of justice in the construction of politics. We will ask: what is a just society and how might justice be attained? Beginning with Plato's Republic, the students will read philosophers and thinkers from across many centuries. The students will enter into considered discussion of the human quest for justice in the seminar, with invited speakers, and in campus forums.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing Centered

Mode of Inquiry: Analyzing Arguments, Reasons and Values

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Jopp

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 (W) 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. Writing Centered.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Hughes

IDS 167 (W) Journalistic Writing II (.5 credit)

Continuation of Journalistic Writing I. Topics include covering speeches and meetings, ongoing coverage, crafting headlines, dealing with statistics and technical issues, writing profiles and editorials. The course gives specific attention to problems of multicultural sensitivity and mainstreaming, cliches and stereotypes, and it deepens the analysis of journalistic ethics begun in Journalistic Writing I. Ongoing attention to accuracy and to grammar, punctuation, and style. Writing Centered.

  • 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 210 (IT) Oral Tradition and Performance in African Literature (1)

This course explores how contemporary written literature in Africa continues to derive a great deal of its vitality from older traditions of verbal art. Initially the course will examine sample texts from the oral tradition. It will next focus on representative texts by major African writers whose works have made use of said oral tradition as well as examine their social and political contexts. The principal concern of the course will be the analysis of the aesthetic implications of the transposition of oral techniques and structural features into the medium of the written/printed word. Conducted in English.

  • Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Fofana

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 224 (NW) Disease Prevention (1)

This course will investigate the prevalence, etiology and social impact of several common diseases and disabilities as they relate to aging and physical inactivity. The class will specifically focus on the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, sarcopenia, diabetes, cancer, and both classic and current research publications. Students will additionally gain practical laboratory experience with common clinical tests used in the assessment and diagnosis of these disorders.

Mode of Inquiry: Understanding the Natural World

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Lockard

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 243 Race, Racism, & Human Genetics (1)

What accounts for human difference, and what does the biology of human variation tell us about race and the "life changes" of racial groups in contemporary society? This course examines the relationship between genes, geography, skin color and what we have come to understand as "race." It will focus upon patterns of human genetic variation and consider how the completion of the Human Genome Project and the increasing availability of genomic data have changes our understanding of human population genetics. It will also address the historical role of science in taking the socially-constructed concept of race and turning it into scientific "fact," and explore how this past history both shapes and constrains contemporary research in the biology of human diversity. The course will consider contemporary case studies in which race becomes--and is ascribed to--biology in ways that both reflect and contribute to dominant racial ideology. By bringing together the research about race from the natural and social sciences, the course seeks to understand how biological and social factors interact to shape racial reality and explores the political and social implications for scientific inquiry.

Prerequisite:  BIOL 125, AES 150, or SOC 114. Closed to first-year students.

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Drew, Smith

IDS 251 (TH) African Film Discourse (1)

This course focuses on pressing political, socio-cultural, economic and historical issues raised by African filmmakers. It examines the relationship between cinema and other forms of creative practice in Africa, in particular, history, literature and oral traditions. It also explores the significance and use of African cinema in juxtaposition with cultural and social development. Taught in English.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically

  • Offering: Alternate springs
  • Instructor: Fofana

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 275 Theories of Career Development (.5)

An exploration into the theories, literature, and techniques in the field of career development and the impact of psychological, sociological, economic, and other variables on career decision-making, skills, interests, and values.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Houser

IDS 305 Medieval and Renaissance Studies Minor Colloquium (.25)

Monthly meetings for faculty and students in Medieval and Renaissance Studies that will include discussion of common reading materials, presentation of faculty and student research, workshop for development of faculty-student collaborative research projects, invited speakers, and support for student interdisciplinary research.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Boring, Hobgood, Moon DeLeonibus, De Mambro Santos

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 323 Semester in Ireland (1)

Taught in Ireland during the semester in Galway program, this course examines selected topics in Irish literature, history, culture, politics, or the arts.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Study Abroad Directors in Ireland

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 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 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 349 Advocacy Institute (1)

The Advocacy Institute is a two and one-half-week, intensive course of study abroad in which students learn to create persuasion in various forms, especially using film and new media. Each Institute is built around an important contemporary issue, such as sustainability, health care, or free speech, and the location in which the Institute is held varies with the focus for a given cycle. Each location is selected for its relevance to the topical focus, and students in the course actively engage in the local culture as part of the Institute curriculum. The forms of persuasion to be studied include film, photography, graphic design, new media, argumentation debate. The Institute utilizes a wide range of lectures, group discussion, service learning, field excursions, new media production, and debate tournaments. This program enrolls students from on and off campus, and interaction among individuals of varied nationalities and backgrounds comprises an essential dimension of the experience.

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Trapp

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 366 Introduction to Hispanic Literary Studies (1)

This course is an introduction to the fundamental techniques of literary and cultural analysis on Hispanic Literature. There are readings, textual analysis, and writing on a broad selection of texts from different genres and periods of Hispanic literature in their cultural contexts. The main objective of the course is to provide students the critical vocabulary and skill to analyze a literary text in Spanish from any genre and period to understand both what a literary text means and how a literary text shapes meaning in a given cultural context.

Prerequisite: Participants on the Spring Semester Granada program only.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Spanish department faculty from an ILACA university.

IDS 390 Independent Study in Art, Technology, and Multimedia (.5 or 1)

This course is intended for the qualified advanced student who wishes to do an intensive independent study in an area not covered by an existing course in the Arts, Technology, and Multimedia minor. The course should focus on the use of technology in creating artistic works, and an appropriate department category should be identified. Arrangements must be made with a faculty member before registration. 

Prerequisite: One starred course from the Arts, Technology, and Multimedia minor.

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Arts, Technology, and Multimedia faculty

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