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Interdisciplinary Studies

Director, 2007-08: Solveig Zempel (Norwegian), associate dean, Interdisciplinary and General Studies

Interdisciplinary courses use the resources of several disciplines to investigate topics that cut across departmental lines. These courses raise awareness about the distinctive methodologies and conceptual frameworks of different disciplines and their strengths and possible biases in describing, explaining, and evaluating reality.


230 Communicating Science and Mathematics (.25 Credit)

Oral communication is an essential part of science and mathematics. Students work closely with a faculty member to learn and practice important aspects of communicating technical information to both expert and non-expert audiences. Enrollment by permission of instructor only. Prerequisite: Previous participation in summer communication series. P/N only. Offered both semesters.

234 Human Geography of the Middle East

This course provides an examination and application of the key content, skills, and perspectives of human geography. The lens of the geographer focuses on the spatial distribution of phenomena over the surface of the earth, asking the questions "where" and "why there." The practices and skills of geography are used to investigate a variety of issues in the Middle East, including environmental problems, the culture and management of sacred places, and the reasons for war and the need for peace.

238 War and Peace

An interdisciplinary approach to war and peace, this course incorporates the dual perspective of philosophy and history. Students study various ethical arguments as shaped in different cultures. Examples are drawn from ancient Athens, medieval Christendom, Asia, Islam, and the modern West; ethical topics include: pacifism, utilitarianism, divine command ethics, natural law theory, feminism, and cultural relativism. The course begins with warfare as treated in the Bible and concludes with nuclear terrorism. Prerequisite: completion of BTS-T.

249 Mare Balticum (abroad)

This course circles the Baltic Sea, covering forces of integration--social, economic, linguistic, and historical--that create an identifiable region. Thematic structures include the Hanseatic League (1200-1650), the papal order of Teutonic Knights (1200-1701), the Latin Church and alphabet, the gothic brick architecture, integration into the European Union, environmental issues and others. Offered during Interim.

255 Hospital Health Care and the Physician (off-campus)

Students explore health care at a major metropolitan hospital (Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill.), investigating the variety of services designed to treat patients as whole beings -- including pastoral patient care, day care for preschool and elderly, and treatment for substance abuse. Students meet weekly in group seminars in addition to their observations at the hospital and conversations with health care professionals. Prerequisite: apply through instructor before registration. P/N grading only. Offered during Interim.

258 Theater in London (abroad)

Students study drama and theater through the reading of dramatic criticism and plays, attendance at approximately 20 performances, group discussions, guest lectures, and tours. London, the theatrical center of the English-speaking world, enables students to experience a wide variety of theatrical performances ranging from traditional to modern. Excursions to Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, and Canterbury offer additional theater perspectives.. Offered during Interim.

294 Internship

298 Independent Study

394 Internship

396 Directed Undergraduate Research: "Topic Description"

This course provides a comprehensive research opportunity, including an introduction to relevant background material, technical instruction, identification of a meaningful project, and data collection. The topic is determined by the faculty member in charge of the course and may relate to his/her research interests. Prerequisite: Determined by individual instructor. Offer based on department decision.

398 Independent Research