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IDIS Course Descriptions

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  • IDIS 101 First-Year Seminar: Introduction to University Learning (3)

    Helps students to develop key skills, knowledge and habits of mind necessary for academic and professional success. In an active-learning environment, first-semester students and their instructors explore the nature and practice of intellectual inquiry in a university environment. Applied exercises reinforce core study/learning skills in the context of real-time demands, while structured self- and group reflection develops concurrent skills in personal, academic and professional goal-setting. Students become more intentional, lifelong learners, with skills in teamwork and critical-thinking that can become fundamental elements of personal effectiveness in increasingly complex and globalized communities and work environments. [PPS]

  • IDIS 102 Critical Thinking and Multicultural Awareness (1)

    Critical thinking is the ability to be both systematic and creative in analyzing and synthesizing information to solve problems, and multicultural awareness includes the knowledge, skills and personal attributes college graduates need to live and work in a diverse world. Students explore critical thinking from both a systematic "left brain" and creative "right brain" perspective and then apply that understanding to develop an awareness of multicultural competency issues. prerequisite: IDIS 101

  • IDIS 201 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies (3)

    What does it mean to learn across the curriculum and to address problems from an interdisciplinary perspective? This course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary studies major. Topics and activities include development of your own intentional plan of study for the major, introduction to interdisciplinary thinking, survey of and introduction to learning methods and University resources for taking full advantage of the Interdisciplinary Studies major.

  • IDIS 298 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies (3)

    Exploration of topics in interdisciplinary studies of mutual interest to faculty and students. Content varies depending on the interests of faculty and students. Course may be repeated for credit when topic changes.

  • IDIS 300 Ideas in Writing: Purpose and Strategy (3)

    Advanced study of strategies applicable to writing both within and beyond the University. Stresses the interrelationships of careful reading, critical thinking and effective writing. Building on skills mastered in lower-division composition courses, students develop the ability to analyze the contexts within which they write, to define their purposes clearly and to employ appropriate strategies for accomplishing those purposes. Assigned readings illustrate a variety of writing strategies and promote serious consideration of important ideas and concepts. Students are required to take the placement test for this course prior to their second semester of registration at UB. prerequisite: adequate score on placement test or completion of WRIT 200 with a grade of pass

  • IDIS 301 World Cultures (3)

    An interdisciplinary study of different cultures including economic, political, social and cultural systems and structures and their interrelationships. Provides an opportunity for students to compare their own culture with others through study and research. [GIK]

  • IDIS 302 Ethical Issues in Business and Society (3)

    Provides a structured experience in which students from the School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences explore together the interrelationships between business and various other sectors of society, e.g., the individual, government and international environment. Emphasis is placed on values and on the ethical issues implicit in those interrelationships. [CTE]

  • IDIS 497 Interdisciplinary Studies Portfolio (3)

    In this capstone course, students examine the process of interdisciplinary problem-solving through a review of epistemological theory; visual and verbal rhetoric; the psychology of creativity, cognition and learning; and interpersonal and small-group communication. Each student creates an interdisciplinary project and prepares a learning portfolio that contains a personal mission statement, a revised version of the student's original program plan with narrative commentary and a reflective journal. Permission of IDIS adviser required.

  • IDIS 498 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies (3)

    Intensive exploration of topics in interdisciplinary studies of mutual interest to faculty and students. Content varies depending on the interests of faculty and students. Course may be repeated for credit when topic changes.