UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

Course Offerings - INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES


Two types of courses count for credit in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program: a) those with the prefix 94, which appear as Course List 1; b) courses offered by departments participating in the program, which appear as Course List 2. The (AA), (EV), and (WO) designators indicate minors in African-American Studies, Environomental Studies, and Women's Studies respectively.

COURSE LIST 1
94-100 Developmental Reading Skills (3+0) 2 cr.
Developmental Reading Skills is a basic reading course designed to strengthen the reading skills needed for college level work. Diagnostic evaluation will be followed by group and individual instruction stressing comprehension and vocabulary skills. Students should consult their advisor about the appropriateness of this course for their program. This course does not count toward the 120 credits necessary for graduation.
94-101 Higher Education and You 1 cr.
Designed as an orientation course for first semester freshmen. Lectures and small group discussions are used to enable students to become knowledgeable about the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh-its policies, procedures, and services. Also designed to help students develop effective schoolmanship behaviors.
94-125 Comprehensive Study Skills (1+0) 1 cr.
Attention is given to the skills necessary for academic success. The student learns techniques to increase effectiveness in the areas of textbook study, lecture notes, time management, memory, test taking, and vocabulary. In addition to class meetings, the instruction involves use of programmed and audio-visual materials and conferences with the instructor.
94-127 Career Planning (2+0) 2 cr.
The course combines lecture, discussion and extensive small group work to help the student develop a vocational and educational plan for the future. The course focuses on self understanding, career information, decision making skills, career exploration, employability skills, and an orientation to the resources of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
94-132 Our Changing Society: The Transformation of America (SS) (3+0) 3 cr.
An introduction to the Social Sciences, emphasizing the way each discipline approaches the study of society. The course focuses on the transformation of American society, with particular emphasis on industrialization, communication, and energy use from the standpoint of history, economics, political science, sociology, geography and psychology.
94-135 Exploring the Future: An Introduction to Futurism (3+0) 1-3 cr.
An introductory course which examines the demands and problems which will confront our society, institutions, and personal relations in the future. The course also examines the growing need for personal, institutional, and societal responsibility, change, and paradigm shift, if man is to have a meaningful future.
94-145 Assessment of Prior Learning 2 cr.
Designed for the adult student who seeks credit for prior learning experiences. This course consists of lecture, small group interaction and instructor-student conferences. Students will study basic problem solving and decision making, value clarification, and adult learning processes; a study of philosophies of higher education will lead to development of a rationale for credit for prior learning. They will analyze their life experiences and will develop portfolios which may be submitted for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh credit.
94-150 Special Topics 1-6 cr.
Experimental courses dealing with interdisciplinary topics.
94-169 College Reading Strategies (2+0) 1 cr.
This course is for students who have mastered basic reading skills and desire growth in the higher level reading demanded for the mastery of college textbooks. Focus will be on comprehending nonfiction, strengthening study reading techniques, improving vocabulary and increasing reading rate in difficult material. Students will meet in class twice weekly and independently work on reading projects.
94-175 Honors: Seminar (HU) 3 cr.
An interdisciplinary seminar required of all Freshman honors students during their first or second semester. The course is designed to demonstrate the interrelation between the many areas of study within the university. A particular focus of study (for example, the environment) will be selected each semester, and then it will be shown how various and diverse academic disciplines approach and analyze it. Prerequisite: Good standing in the University Scholars Program.
94-198 Colloquium I (HU) 1 cr.
The University Learning Community Colloquium is a series of three 1-credit courses which incorporates a weekly topical session for students and faculty, regular participation in extracurricular cultural events, and a variety of related activities designed to enhance the general education of the students. Upon successful completing of three consecutive semesters of the ULC Colloquium, students will have earned the equivalent of a 3-credit general education elective in humanities. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the University Learning Community.
94-199 Colloquium II (HU) 1 cr.
The University Learning Community Colloquium is a series of three 1-credit courses which incorporates a weekly topical session for students and faculty, regular participation in extracurricular cultural events, and a variety of related activities designed to enhance the general education of the students. Upon successful completion of three consecutive semesters of the ULC Colloquium, students will have earned the equivalent of a 3-credit general education elective in humanities. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the University Learning Community.
94-200 Issues in Science and Religion (HU) 3 cr.

An interdisciplinary, in-depth look at the historically-evolving relationship of science and religion, with special emphasis on such questions as: What is science? What is religion? What is the past and present nature of the complex interface between science and religion? Is a future (re)integration of science and religion possible? desirable? necessary? underway? Students with varied interests, beliefs, and backgrounds relative to science and/or religion are welcome in the course. Prerequisite: At least one prior course in science and/or religion, or consent of instructor(s).
94-205 The American Indian Experience (3+0) 3 cr.
An interdisciplinary examination of the past and present experience of the American Indian as revealed in anthropology, history and literature.
94-215 The Energy Crisis 3 cr.
The causes, consequences, and possible solutions to the energy crisis, examining global energy resource and consumption patterns, as affected by national environmental, economic, and political objectives. Emphasis on the role of energy resources in scientific forecasts of man's future.
94-235 Politics of Sports, Recreation and Leisure 3 cr.
The role of government in sports, recreation and leisure. Forbidden sports (gambling, bull fighting, cock fighting etc.); government support of specific sports and creation of leisure and recreation facilities; sports in international relations (ping-pong diplomacy, the Olympics); the Equal Rights Amendment and sport; sports, recreation, and leisure interest groups.
94-245 Introduction to American Studies: The Shaping of American Identities (HU) 3 cr.

This course examines and interprets social, cultural, economic, natural and historical forces that have shaped changing definitions and representations of American identities. Taking culture as our organizing principle, we will look at categories such as: art religion, politics, work and leisure, ethnicity, region, race, technology, gender, geography, sexuality, and class.

94-246 Introduction to American Studies: The Shaping of American Identities (SS) 3 cr.

This course examines and interprets social, cultural, economic, natural, and historical forces that have shaped changing definitions and representations of American identities. Taking culture as our organizing principle, we will look at categories such as: art, religion, politics, work and leisure, ethnicity, region, race, technology, gender, geography, sexuality, and class.

94-265 Introduction to Studies in Aging and Adult Life 3 cr.

This course will survey the impact of behavioral and biological changes throughout adulthood. Students completing this course will be prepared for further study in the Gerontology minor or advanced study leading to professional careers within education, nursing, psychology, sociology, social work and other related disciplines.
94-275 Honors: The Culture Connection 1 cr.

The purpose of this course is to introduce honors students to the many educational and cultural opportunities available at the university and in the community and to foster an appreciation for the many enriching activities which occur outside the classroom. Students must attend six co-curricular events during the semester and write a critical essay on each. The University Scholars Office will distribute a list a approved events; others, however, are possible. Grading is on a Pass/Fail basis. Prerequisite: Good standing in the University Scholars Program.
94-301/501 Workshop for Pre College Teachers (1+3)(+0+2) 1-3 cr.
This course will introduce participants to the relationship between science, mathematics, technology, and society. It will be taught as a series of independent modules, each intended to reinforce the idea that science literacy is critical to being able to assess current social issues. Example topics will include future energy needs, debunking food advertisements, and evolution, creationism, and the selection of textbooks for classroom use. Participants will be expected to share ideas and design lesson plans in addition to meeting more traditional evaluation criteria.
94-312 Health Care Politics and Administration 3 cr.
The role of government in health care professions including health planning implementation, politics of regulation and bureaucracy, the budgetary process; case studies; the politics of national medical care; hospital care for the poor; the politics of hospital cost containment.
94-315 Literature and Psychology 3 cr.
Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Biography in light of modern psychological theories of Freud, Jung and others.
94-325 Methods of Population Analysis (2+2) 3 cr.
A discussion of the techniques used in the analysis of fertility, mortality, and migration. Life table construction and population estimation, and projection procedures are emphasized. Prerequisites: 50-213 or 92-315 and 3 credits of statistics.
94-350 Special Topics 1-6 cr.

Experimental courses dealing with interdisciplinary topics.
94-375 Honors Junior Seminar 3 cr.

A Topical seminar offered to University Scholars. Each Junior Seminar will focus on a specific topic and topics will vary from year to year. The course emphasizes active engagement on the part of students and innovative teaching strategies on the part of faculty. Prerequisite: The student must be in good standing in the University Scholars Program and must have completed at least 60 credits.

94-425/625 Aging: Dimensions and Processes 3 cr.

The processes of aging in a variety of aspects and dimensions, including the physiological, psychological, sociological, spiritual and anthropological.
94-426/626 Aging: Needs, Services and Issues 3 cr.
Needs of the Aging. Issues impinging on the expansion, development and delivery of a variety of services for meeting the needs of the aging.
94-446 Independent Study 1-3 cr.
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.
94-456 Related Readings 1-3 cr.
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.
94-460 Public Policy for the Aged 3 cr.

A study of the historical and contemporary forces shaping social policy for older people, including roles played by administrative, legislative, and national advocate organizations in the development of public policy. Prerequisites: 94-265.
94-475 University Scholars Honors Senior Seminar 3 cr.

An interdisciplinary, topical seminar available to University Scholars to meet the senior capstone requirement for the Scholars Program. The course will focus on a single topic which will be examined within a broad, interdisciplinary perspective. The course will allow students to bring to bear on a particular topic various approaches they have developed in their careers as university students and as University Scholars. A specific topic of study (for example, "Science and Creationism") will be selected for each Honors Senior Seminar. The course will emphasize active, intellectual engagement and require students to prepare and present their own interdisciplinary analyses of topical issues. Prerequisite: Good standing in the University Scholars Program.

COURSE LIST 2
The courses listed below, offered by departments participating in the Interdisciplinary Program, count for credit in the three minors comprising the program. The (AA), (EV) and (WO) designators indicate minors in African-American Studies, Environmental Studies and Women's Studies, respectively.

English
38-324 Gender in Literature (WO)
38-345 Twentieth Century Women Authors (WO)

Environmental Studies

37-211 Seminar on Environmental Issues (SS)(EV)
37-260 Environmental Science (EV)
37-261 Environment and Society (EV)
37-262 Environment and Values (EV)
37-490 Environmental Studies Senior Seminar(EV)

Geography
50-353 Africa (AA)

History
57-385 African-American History (AA)
57-386 The American Woman: A History (WO)
57-387 German Witchcraft Craze of 16th and 17th Centuries (WO)

Human Services
18-353 Domestic Violence (WO)

Philosophy
76-225 Philosophy of Love (WO)

Health, Physical Education and Recreation
55-240 Human Sexuality (WO)

Nursing
74-380 Women's Health (WO)

Political Science
84-203 Legal Rights of the Disadvantaged (WO)
84-302 Civil Liberties in the United States (WO)

Psychology
86-338 Psychology of Adult Development and Aging (WO)

Social Work
93-220 Family Life Cycle Transitions and Dilemmas (WO)
93-333 Poverty (AA)

Religious Studies/Anthropology
21-322 Peoples and Cultures of Africa (AA)
21-344 Cross-cultural Perspectives on Women (WO)
87-240 Islam (AA)
87-265 Women and Religion (WO)

Sociology
92-335 Problems of Aging

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