Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Requirement  (5 credit hours)

  • A total of five credit hours from the university approved GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives course list.
  • Special Note:  If a student changes a General Education course except for HES courses from a letter grade to credit-only (S/U), then the course will not satisfy the GEP requirements.  Consult your academic advisor if you have questions.

Double-counting

  • A course taken to satisfy a Major requirement may also satisfy this requirement if the course is on the approved GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives course list.
  •  A course that satisfies the Interdisciplinary Perspectives requirement may also satisfy the Global Knowledge or U.S. Diversity co-requisite if the course also exists on either university approved GEP co-requisite course list.

Rationale

Interdisciplinary study provides students with the opportunity to synthesize knowledge and skills, to make connections between fields of study, to consider more than one disciplinary approach or methodology, and to bring to bear the insights from two or more disciplines in examining and/or responding to complex problems.

Category Objectives

Each course in Interdisciplinary Perspectives category will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:

  1. Distinguish between the distinct approaches of two or more disciplines; and
  2. Identify and apply authentic connections between two or more disciplines; and
  3. Explore and synthesize the approaches or views of the two or more disciplines.

Interdisciplinary Course Criteria

Topic Coverage
An interdisciplinary course may be based around a broad topic, such as an idea, theme, problem, region, institution, era or issue. The complexity of such topics may mean that they can be more adequately addressed using an interdisciplinary approach rather than through a single disciplinary point of view.  Instructors should help students to integrate the multiple points of view into a cohesive understanding. The multiple disciplines may come from any college or from across colleges.

Rigor
The courses must include sustained, rigorous and substantive instruction that focuses on the content and approaches of two or more disciplines.

Methods of Delivery are flexible and must include one of the following approaches

  • Teams of faculty or experts from different disciplines. In team-based courses all faculty are responsible for the course and contribute to components of the class.
  • Individual faculty members teaching a single course. The instructor need not be an expert in multiple disciplines; the purpose of these courses is not to train students in multiple disciplines. The role of the instructor is to guide students in seeing the value in using multiple disciplinary perspectives in addressing specific themes, topics, issues, cultures or problems through an informed and rigorous exploration of these perspectives.

Participation

All colleges and departments are encouraged to participate in the development of appropriate courses for the Interdisciplinary Perspectives list and submit new or revised courses to CUE for approval.

Current IP GEP Category List