Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Department Information

    Interdisciplinary Studies

    Tze Loo (History)

    Interdisciplinary studies offers two distinct programs: interdisciplinary colloquia and the self-designed interdisciplinary studies major.

  • Major

    The Interdisciplinary Studies Major

    Note: A grade of not less than C- (1.7) is required in each course comprising the
    major.

    15 units of coursework including the senior thesis, noting:

    • The nature of the approved program will determine whether the degree is a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.
    • The specific program of study is developed by the student in consultation with two full-time faculty advisors in academic departments at UR with expertise in the students' subject of inquiry, one of whom must be in the School of Arts and Sciences (who will become the student’s academic advisor).
    • As a degree awarded by the School of Arts and Sciences IDST majors must demonstrate a focus on the liberal arts.
    • The program must be approved by the student's two faculty advisors, the chairs of the faculty advisors' academic departments, the Interdisciplinary Studies committee.
    • Students must demonstrate competence in two academic fields by completing all foundational courses in the two primary disciplines in addition to advanced courses. (NOTE: students wishing to study Marketing are required to take MKT 320 and are limited to two additional MKT courses.)
  • Honors

    Interdisciplinary Studies Honors Program

    Because all Interdisciplinary Studies majors are unique to the individual student, there are no general requirements for honors beyond those established by the Arts and Sciences Honors Committee. Thus, to write for honors in Interdisciplinary Studies, the student must approach the Interdisciplinary Studies coordinator, be invited to write for honors, and submit the Honors program as required by the Honors Committee. Upon approval of the honors program, IDST 401-402 will be substituted for IDST 398-399 in the student's curriculum. The two thesis advisors will be the readers for honors and the coordinator will be bound by their judgment.

Courses

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  • IDST 190 Selected Projects

    Units: .5

    Description

    Follow-up projects for students participating in the Richmond Endeavor first-year living-learning program.

  • IDST 270 Pilgrimage Studies

    Units: .5

    Description

    Taken in conjunction with the Chaplaincy's pilgrimage experience. The course provides a context for the academic exploration of the issues at stake in the travel component: to discover the cultural, historical, and political context of the place, to deepen the students' understanding of the religious traditions active in the region, and to cultivate community across lines of difference within the team itself. Restrictions: participation in pilgrimage program.

  • IDST 281 Principles of the Natural Sciences

    Units: 0

    Description

    Explores foundational principles of biology, chemistry and physics. Students gain experience with using these principles in an applied context that fosters critical thought. The course is designed for pre-medical students who are preparing to take the medical college admissions test (MCAT).

    Prerequisites

    BIOL 200, CHEM 206, and PHYS 127 or 131.

  • IDST 284 Integrated Quantitative Science (IQS) Research Training Seminar

    Units: .25

    Description

    Continuation of the appreciation of, and facility with, integrated, interdisciplinary research in science, math, and computer science. Through discussion and hands-on activities students will gain a greater perspective and will develop skills in research that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries.

    Prerequisites

    (BIOL 190 and MATH 190 and PHYS 191 and CHEM 191) or (BIOL 192 and CHEM 192 and MATH 211 and MATH 212) or permission of the instructor.

  • IDST 285 Developing Interdisciplinary Research

    Units: .5

    Description

    Focuses on development of an interdisciplinary research project from inception through writing of grant proposal. Begins with discussion of scientific question being addressed, followed by discussions of broad concepts of a research proposal and, finally, the development and completion of a final proposal. Involves literature search, discussions concerning design and execution of experiments, as well as interpretation of data (both quantitative and qualitative). Experimentation will involve a variety of techniques and approaches; expose students to interdisciplinary nature of modern biomedically related research and how collaboration leads to enhancement of a project; and promote students' ability to think critically, write a proposal, and discuss and present their ideas to others in an effective manner. The faculty/research student teams will work to develop a final research proposal for NSF or another suitable funding agency.

    Prerequisites

    CHEM 141 and BIOL 200 and 202.

  • IDST 290 Selected Projects

    Units: .5

    Description

    Follow-up research project for participants in the Sophomore Scholars in Residence program.

  • IDST 299 Selected Topics

    Units: 0-1

    Description

    One semester elective. Explores a variety of topics that do not typically fall within disciplinary boundaries.

  • IDST 379 Combined Major Project/Portfolio

    Units: .5

    Description

    Working with faculty mentors, students will write a 20-30 page research paper on an interdisciplinary topic. Required in combination majors French/International Business, German/International Business, Italian/International Business, Chinese/International Business, English/Classics, English/French, English/Greek, English/Greek, English/Latin, English/WGSS, and English/Theatre.

    Prerequisites

    Department approval.

  • IDST 388 Individual Internship

    Units: .25-1

    Description

    No more than 1.5 units of internship in any one department and 3.5 units of internship overall may be counted toward required degree units.

    Prerequisites

    Departmental approval

  • IDST 390 Interdisciplinary Studies in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

    Units: 1

    Description

    (See English 308.)

  • IDST 395 Independent Study

    Units: .25-1

    Description

    Specialized study to provide maximum freedom in research and investigation.

  • IDST 397 Special Topics

    Units: 1

    Description

    Topics will vary from semester to semester.

  • IDST 398 Senior Thesis

    Units: .5

    Description

    For students in the interdisciplinary studies major.

  • IDST 399 Senior Thesis

    Units: .5

    Description

    For students in the interdisciplinary studies major.

  • IDST 401 Honors Thesis

    Units: 1

    Description

    Thesis course for students invited into departmental honors program. The honors thesis requires an oral defense, which is to include both the thesis advisors and a third party, to be determined by the coordinator in conjunction with the thesis advisors.

    Prerequisites

    Admission to departmental honors program.

  • IDST 402 Honors Thesis

    Units: 1

    Description

    Thesis course for students invited into departmental honors program. The honors thesis requires an oral defense, which is to include both the thesis advisors and a third party, to be determined by the coordinator in conjunction with the thesis advisors.

    Prerequisites

    Admission to departmental honors program.

  • IDST 406 Summer Undergraduate Research

    Units: 0

    Description

    Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.

    Prerequisites

    Approval for summer Arts and Sciences fellowship by faculty mentor

  • IDST 484 Integrated Science Senior Seminar

    Units: .5

    Description

    Designed for students to pull together earlier interdisciplinary course experiences; discussions of recently published journal articles and talks by faculty doing interdisciplinary research will allow students to build on their appreciation of, and facility with, integrated, interdisciplinary research in science, math, and computer science. Restricted to seniors.

    Prerequisites

    Interdisciplinary Studies 284 and Math 212 or 235