UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH


INTERDISCIPLINARY
STUDIES



Roseanne Hoefel, Program Coordinator
Office: Polk 58
Telephone: 920-424-1291

Roberta Maguire, African-American Studies Coordinator
Department Office: Radford Hall 205
Department Telephone: 920-424-7286

Bron Taylor, Environmental Studies Coordinator
Department Office: Swart 320
Department Telephone: 920-424-7183

Helen Bannan, Women’s Studies Coordinator
Department Office: Arts/Communications 312
Department Telephone: 920-424-0384

Code 94 or INTRDSCP

I. FACULTY

Adams, Ansfield, Baker, Bannan, Baurecht, Beane, Carlson, Cox, Grieb, Gruberg, Hardt, Haydock, Hegedus, Johnson, Jorgenson, Keith, Komassa, Maguire, Mengeling, Moore, Ngaboh-Smart, Roberts, Roblee, Shaffer, Taylor, Utke

II. DEGREES

Undergraduate: In combination with a major, the Interdisciplinary Studies minors can lead to a baccalaureate degree.

Graduate: The Department does not offer a graduate program.

III. SUMMARY OF FIELDS OF STUDY

1. GOAL(S)
See the department for a listing of their goal(s).

2. THE MAJOR(S)
The Department does not offer a major.

3. THE MINOR(S)
The Program offers 3 minor(s): 1) African-American Studies, 2) Environmental Studies, 3) Women's Studies. See individual minor listings.

IV. ADMISSION/GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for graduation, students must meet all requirements for the degree being sought in addition to earning a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses
required for the Interdisciplinary Studies major or minor. Refer to the following for complete major/minor course requirements.

V. REQUIRED CORE COURSES

See individual minor listings.

Comment:
Two types of courses count for unit (cr.) in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program:
a) those with the prefix 94, which appear as List 1;
b) courses offered by departments participating in the program, which appear as List 2.
Interdisciplinary Studies includes specially-designed courses which transcend traditional disciplinary lines to approach subjects from unique perspectives. The courses, often taught cooperatively by faculty from different disciplines, are offered both in the classroom setting and through self-paced, auto-tutorial formats. Some courses are required of each of the minors comprising this program; others are offered as electives open to all students.

VI. THE MAJOR(S), WITH EMPHASES AND/OR OPTIONS

None

VII. MINOR(S)

None

VIII. COURSE OFFERINGS

See individual minor listings.

Interdisciplinary Studies 100 2 units (crs.)
Developmental Reading Skills
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 units (crs.) necessary for graduation. (3+0)

Interdisciplinary Studies 101 1 unit (cr.)
Higher Education and You
Designed as an orientation course for first term 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.

Interdisciplinary Studies 125 1 unit (cr.)
Comprehensive Study Skills
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. (1+0)

Interdisciplinary Studies 127 2 units (crs.)
Career Planning
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. (2+0)

Interdisciplinary Studies 132 3 units (crs.)
Our Changing Society: The Transformation of America (SS)
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. (3+0)

Interdisciplinary Studies 135 1-3 units (crs.)
Exploring the Future: An Introduction to Futurism
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. (3+0)

Interdisciplinary Studies 145 2 units (crs.)
Assessment of Prior Learning
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.

Interdisciplinary Studies 150 1-6 units (crs.)
Special Topics
Experimental courses dealing with interdisciplinary topics.

Interdisciplinary Studies 169 1 unit (cr.)
College Reading Strategies
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. (2+0)

Interdisciplinary Studies 175 3 units (crs.)
Honors: Seminar (HU)
An interdisciplinary seminar required of all Freshman honors students during their first or second term. 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 term, and then it will be shown how various and diverse academic disciplines approach and analyze it. Prerequisite: Good standing in the University Honors Program.

Interdisciplinary Studies 198 2 units (crs.)
Colloquium I (HU)
The University Learning Community Colloquium is a series of three 1 unit (cr.) 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 terms of the ULC Colloquium, students will have earned the equivalent of a 3 unit (cr.) general education elective in humanities. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the University Learning Community.

Interdisciplinary Studies 199 1 unit (cr.)
Colloquium II (HU)
The University Learning Community Colloquium is a series of three 1 unit (cr.) 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 terms of the ULC Colloquium, students will have earned the equivalent of a 3 unit (cr.) general education elective in humanities. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the University Learning Community.

Interdisciplinary Studies 200 3 units (crs.)
Issues in Science and Religion (HU)
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).

Interdisciplinary Studies 205 3 units (crs.)
The American Indian Experience
An interdisciplinary examination of the past and present experience of the American Indian as revealed in anthropology, history and literature. (3+0)

Interdisciplinary Studies 215 3 units (crs.)
The Energy Crisis
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.

Interdisciplinary Studies 235 3 units (crs.)
Politics of Sports, Recreation and Leisure
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.

Interdisciplinary Studies 245 3 units (crs.)
Introduction to American Studies: The Shaping of American Identities (SS)
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.

Interdisciplinary Studies 246 3 units (crs.)
Introduction to American Studies: The Shaping of American Identities (SS)
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.

Interdisciplinary Studies 265 3 units (crs.)
Introduction to Studies in Aging and Adult Life
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.

Interdisciplinary Studies 275 1 unit (cr.)
Honors: The Culture Connection
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 term and write a critical essay on each. The University Honors Office will distribute a list a approved events; others, however, are possible. Prerequisite: Good standing in the University Honors Program. Pass/Fail course.

Interdisciplinary Studies 301 1-3 units (crs.)
Workshop for Pre College Teachers
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. Possible 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. 301/501 (1+3)(+0+2)

Interdisciplinary Studies 312 3 units (crs.)
Health Care Politics and Administration
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.

Interdisciplinary Studies 315 3 units (crs.)
Literature and Psychology
Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Biography in light of modern psychological theories of Freud, Jung and others.

Interdisciplinary Studies 325 3 units (crs.)
Methods of Population Analysis
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. Prerequisite: Geography 213 or Sociology 315 and 3 units (crs.) of statistics. (2+2)

Interdisciplinary Studies 350 1-6 units (crs.)
Special Topics
Experimental courses dealing with interdisciplinary topics.

Interdisciplinary Studies 360 3 units (crs.)
Cambridge Semester: Variable Content
An interdisciplinary offering that focuses on Britain's history, culture and achievements. Team taught, the course's content will vary from year to year. Students taking the course must be concurrently enrolled in the University's semester in Cambridge Program.

Interdisciplinary Studies 375 3 units (crs.)
Honors Junior Seminar
A topical seminar offered to University Honors Program Students. 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 Honors Program and must have completed at least 60 units (crs.).

Interdisciplinary Studies 399 3 units (crs.)
L&S Career Internship
Students will apply academic knowledge and skills acquired in the major to a direct work experience that will help them to develop an understanding of the basic skills or principles required for an entry-level professional position following graduation. The internship experience will also increase the student's confidence/skills in effectively pursuing his/her professional career in the business, health, social services, science, and other areas. Students will work under direct supervision of a professional who will provide evaluations. Students may only take this course once. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. GPA and units (crs.) toward a major within the department will be negotiated by the department of Career Services. Pass/Fail course. (1+4)

Interdisciplinary Studies 425 3 units (crs.)
Aging: Dimensions and Processes
The processes of aging in a variety of aspects and dimensions, including the physiological, psychological, sociological, spiritual and anthropological. 425/625

Interdisciplinary Studies 426 3 units (crs.)
Aging: Needs, Services and Issues
Needs of the aging. Issues impinging on the expansion, development and delivery of a variety of services for meeting the needs of the aging. 426/626

Interdisciplinary Studies 446 1-3 units (crs.)
Independent Study
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.

Interdisciplinary Studies 456 1-3 units (crs.)
Related Study
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements

Interdisciplinary Studies 460 3 units (crs.)
Public Policy for the Aged
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. Prerequisite: Interdisciplinary Studies 265.

Interdisciplinary Studies 475 3 units (crs.)
University Honors Senior Seminar
An interdisciplinary, topical seminar available to University Honors Program Students to meet the senior capstone requirement for the Honors 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 Honors Program Students. 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 Honors Program.
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Last Updated July 1, 2001