Collaborative for Interdisciplinary/Integrative Studies
The Collaborative for Interdisciplinary/Integrative Studies provides students with opportunities—through advising, course work and fieldwork—to put into practice the relevance and value of the arts and sciences for their lives now, and the lives they will lead post-graduation. The Collaborative houses the Interdisciplinary Studies major, the Independent Major, and eight interdisciplinary minors (Asian Studies, Global Public Health, History and Philosophy of Science, International Studies, Irish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Sports Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies). In addition, the Collaborative sponsors interdisciplinary initiatives, as well as programs and events that are open to and benefit the entire university community.
Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
The Interdisciplinary Studies major exposes students to a number of disciplines and academic areas, and emphasizes critique, analysis, evaluation and the development and iterative application of skills in critical thinking, writing, public speaking, data gathering, evaluation and presentation. This type of academic foundation prepares students for virtually any academic path or career of their choosing.
BA in Interdisciplinary Studies/Concentration in Education Studies
In addition to the University Curriculum and the College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts Track requirements, students majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies/Concentration in Education Studies must meet the following requirements for graduation:
|Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses|
|IDS 200||Rise of Disciplinarity||3|
|IDS 400||Transdisciplinary Project||3|
|ED 220||Introduction to Education Studies||3|
|ED 380||Research Methods in Education Studies||3|
|One course (3 cr.) each in English, history, math and science|
|One upper-level course (3 cr.) in each of the following disciplines: English, history, math and science 1|
Course level 200 and above.
Upon graduation, all Interdisciplinary Studies majors will be able to
- understand the issues relevant to and methodologies appropriate for conducting research and engaging with core issues in their field of concentration
- critique and apply appropriate methodology or methodologies in research of a given topic
- identify, evaluate and interpret sources of information
- analyze data
- construct an interpretive argument
- present facts, analysis and arguments effectively
ED 220. Introduction to Education Studies.3 Credits.
This course is designed to introduce the IDS major in Educational Studies to explore a multidisciplinary understanding of global and American Education; to consider the role of education in creating a more equitable society by analyzing the policies and philosophies which have shaped and are shaping schooling, in the United States and throughout the world. Historical changes in education, critical analyses of policy debates in current education, the effects of legal policies in the classroom, the influences of cultural shifts and contemporary issues will all be considered. Students will also be introduced to basic concepts and terminology in the educational discipline, as well as develop a critical lens for evaluating educational resources, texts and data.
Prerequisites: Take ED 140;
Offered: Every year, Spring
ED 380. Research Methods in Education Studies.3 Credits.
ED 380 is a required course for students pursing an Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) major in the College of Arts and Sciences with a Concentration in Education Studies. The course is an upper-level UG education research course, intended to equip students with an understanding of the primary genres of educational research including action research, theoretical/conceptual research, case studies, and ethnography. While quantitative inquiry will also be addressed in the course, the focus of the course will be on qualitative research methods, given their important role and purpose in education. ED 380 will serve as an important preparatory course for ED 550, a graduate level research course required of candidates who choose to pursue an MAT in Elementary or Secondary Education at Quinnipiac University (through the combined 5-Year MAT Program).
Prerequisites: Take ED 220;
Offered: Every year, Fall
IDS 200. Rise of Disciplinarity.3 Credits.
In this course, students draw on what they have learned in and about academic disciplines up to this point in their studies to explore the foundations and philosophies of traditional academic disciplines. Students evaluate the insights and methods of individual disciplines as they relate to a topic or issue of interest. This course will prepare students to apply disciplinary insights and methods from multiple fields to form a more complex understanding of a current topic or issue. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing is required.
Offered: Every year, Fall
IDS 400. Transdisciplinary Project.3 Credits.
This seminar is the capstone course of the Interdisciplinary Studies major. Students design an individual integrative project using a transdisciplinary lens. (Students should have completed research methods course work in an established discipline.) The project can be creative, empirical, theoretical and/or professionally focused, and is proposed and developed under the direction of two advisers--one in the concentration area and one in the Collaborative for Interdisciplinary/Integrative Studies. Prerequisite: senior standing, completion of research methods component in concentration.
Offered: Every year, Spring