Interdivisional Studies

  • IDS-001–008 Bonner Leaders

    This course is designed for Bonner Leaders as an academic complement to their community service work, focusing on the Bonner Common Commitments—civic engagement, community building, diversity, international perspective, and social justice—and providing the students with opportunities for intentional reflection on their service experience. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Graded S/U. One hour per week. One semester hour.

    IDS-011–012 Sustainability Fellows Course

    This course is a required component for Sustainability Fellows Program as an academic complement to their sustainability work. The course will cover directed readings and reflection on topics relating to sustainability theory and practice. Students will work closely with a member of the Office of Sustainability by reading about, discussing, and implementing practices related to sustainability planning. Students will be expected to conduct written and oral assignments in addition to individual practicum. Students may repeat this course for credit. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Sustainability Fellows Program and permission of the instructor. Graded S/U One semester hour.

    IDS-023–028 Resident Advisor Practicum

    This course is designed for Resident Advisors as an academic complement to their campus community work. It utilizes a variety of texts to stimulate discussion, reflection, and written work to supplement the practical experiences of the role. The course focuses on the Core curriculum questions as they relate to the RA role, especially what should matter to me and how should we live together. This course is graded S/U. Prerequisites:  Permission of the instructor. Two hours per week. One semester hour.

    IDS-050. Topics in Entrepreneurship 

    This course is designed to introduce the concepts of entrepreneurship as they relate to the continuing processes of creativity and innovation. Students will develop oral and written communication skills with an emphasis on persuasive communication. Class discussion will focus on the entrepreneurial process and leadership. A variety of instructional and learning techniques will be used, including group projects that apply theory to practice. Open to all students but content will be especially relevant to students planning to enter the BEAR Innovation Competition. Two hours per week. Graded S/U. Two semester hours.

    IDS-089. Science and Mathematics in Society 

    This course is designed as an interdisciplinary academic component for “Fellowships in the Ursinus Transition to an Undergraduate Research Experience” (FUTURE) students participating in the “Center for Science and the Common Good” (CSCG) summer research program. Topics will include exploration of the intersection of science and mathematics on society. The class will reflect on ethical issues related to research in science and mathematics and on how science and society influence each other. Students will explore how scientists and mathematicians in different disciplines approach research questions and how scientific papers are written. The course meets during the summer and a final paper is due during the fall semester. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Graded S/U. One semester hour.

    IDS-095. Topics in Global Film 

    This course is offered in conjunction with the International Film Festival, which takes place in the Fall Semester. The festival presents six films, one for each of the six languages offered at Ursinus: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. The films are subtitled in English. The festival is usually organized around a theme, such as childhood and adolescence, gender and sexuality, war and conflict, or social justice, but may also present a genre, such as musicals or documentaries. Students are required to attend screenings of all six films, plus one additional film about the theme or topic of the festival, and participate in discussion after each screening. Students are also required to post on a discussion board. This course may be taken more than once for credit. Three hours per week (screening and discussion). Graded S/U. One semester hour.

    IDS-099. Topics in Diversity 

    The exploration of readings, other texts, traditional or not, and activities related to diversity. Sample topics are issues concerning race, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, gender, or religion. This course is graded S/U. One hour per week. One semester hour.

    IDS-101. World Literature I: The Literary Tradition 

    Critical reading of selected representative works from Western and non-Western literatures from early civilization through the European Renaissance. The epic and drama will be emphasized. (See also Ursinus in Sevilla program.) Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (H.)

    IDS-102. World Literature II: Topics in Comparative Literature

    Critical reading of selected works, with emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century non-Western literatures, in a comparative and pluralistic context. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (GN, H.)

    IDS-110. Topics in Interdivisional Studies

    This course will focus on a topic that is interdisciplinary in nature and is not covered in a similar fashion in other courses in the curriculum. Topics will vary, and students may repeat course when topics differ. Four hours per week. Four semester hours.

    IDS-120. Introduction to American Culture for International Students

    This course is to be taken during the first year at Ursinus by foreign students, including exchange students, in order to introduce them to the history, society and culture of the United States and the Philadelphia region. Assignments will provide practice in the structure and style of academic English, including oral and written communication. Limited to international students who are not native speakers of English. This course fulfills the core requirement in language for eligible students if approved by the chair of the Department of Modern Languages. Three hours per week plus one hour of additional work. Four semester hours.

    IDS-201, 202, 203. Independent Study

    Guided independent study involving more than one academic discipline for sophomores, juniors, seniors and second-semester freshmen. Projects will result in a major paper or creative project. The project proposal requires two faculty sponsors. Four semester hours. (XLP.)

    IDS-210. Study Abroad Pre-departure Orientation

    This course, required of all students approved by the College to participate in a semester or academic year-long study abroad program, is designed to help students prepare for the academic, intellectual, and personal challenges associated with study abroad. The course meets for 75 minutes per week during the last seven weeks of the semester. Students preparing to study in Japan take EAS-398 in lieu of this course. One semester hour.

    IDS/GWSS/PSYC-214. Human Sexuality

    A multidisciplinary study of the development and expression of human sexuality through the ages, across cultures, and through the lifespan of the individual. Topics include how is “having sex” defined, sexual anatomy and physiology, sexual behaviors and response cycles, sexual research, development of gender identity, sexual orientations, relationships, atypical sexual practices, sexual dysfunctions, sexually transmitted infections, contraceptive methods, conception and birth. A working knowledge of sexual intelligence will be developed. Prerequisite: PSYC-100. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. 

    IDS/MCS-256. Decoding Science

    This course teaches students the art of critically reading primary research articles and translating them into news articles, policy papers and advocacy pieces for non-science audiences. Three hours per week. Four semester hours.

    IDS-290. Writing, Pedagogy, and Society

    Students will explore theories about how to teach and tutor writing and speaking; how the writing process works; how writing centers can best support students and college communities; and how diverse educational, socio-economic, and linguistic backgrounds affect student learning and writing. Putting theory into practice through hands-on tutoring exercises and/or civic engagement, students will become prepared to work as Writing Fellows, either in the Center for Writing and Speaking or in partnership with faculty in writing-intensive courses. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (DN, SS.)

    IDS-301. Directed Readings

    This course can be taken either as an individualized tutorial or as a group readings course. Students and faculty collaborate in designing a reading list of interdisciplinary materials and writing projects appropriate to the number of semester hours for which the course is being taken (eight to ten pages of formal and informal writing per credit hour). Permission of instructor required. Two to four semester hours.

    IDS-381. Internship

    Open to juniors and seniors of any major. This internship is of an interdisciplinary nature or otherwise falls outside the student’s major department. Interns must engage a faculty advisor in a relevant department. Other qualifications are the same as for traditional internships. Term will be designated by one of the following letters, which will be added immediately after the internship course number, A (fall), B (winter), C (spring) or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter XLP. The intern must log a minimum of 120 hours of work. Three semester hours.

    IDS-382. Internship

    Open to juniors and seniors of any major. This internship is of an interdisciplinary nature or otherwise falls outside the student’s major department. Interns must engage a faculty advisor in a relevant department. Other qualifications are the same as for traditional internships. Term will be designated by one of the following letters, which will be added immediately after the internship course number, A (fall), B (winter), C (spring) or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter XLP. The intern must log a minimum of 160 hours of work. Four semester hours.

    IDS-402. What Will I Do?

    A multidisciplinary course that asks students to bring to bear, on a special topic, the habits and skills of analysis and constructive thought that they have accumulated through other courses in the core curriculum. Students will bear the responsibility for collaboratively constructing the second half of the syllabus. Open to third- and fourth-year students. Two hours per week. Two semester hours.

    IDS-491. Research/Independent Work

    Individual investigation of an interdisciplinary topic. Open to candidates for interdepartmental honors and to other students. Permission of two department chairs required. Four semester hours. (XLP.)

    IDS-492W. Research/Independent Work

    Continuation of IDS-491. Four semester hours. (XLP.)

    Philadelphia Experience

    The Philadelphia Experience offers Ursinus students the opportunity to live, work, and study in Philadelphia.  Students in the program work with the program director and their academic adviser to create an individual schedule that may include courses taught in Philadelphia by Ursinus faculty members, civic engagement, a four- or eight-credit internship, independent study, and/or one or more courses at an approved Philadelphia partner institution.

    All Philadelphia Experience participants take the following:

    IDS-076. The Philadelphia Experience

    This interdisciplinary course will introduce Philadelphia Experience students to the cultural and historical significance of Philadelphia while developing skills to enhance their internships and classes. Instruction will consist of discussion-based meetings focused on career development, networking, and weekly reflections among peers. Outside of class students will engage in exploratory learning activities, including tours of the city and historical landmark visits. The course will culminate with an oral presentation by each student detailing what they’ve gained from their Philadelphia experience and its impact on their lives. This is a mandatory course for all students enrolled in the Philadelphia Experience. The course meets once a week for 1–3 hours. Graded S/U. One semester hour

    IDS-376. Philadelphia Experience Internship

    An off-campus academic/work experience under the supervision of a faculty internship adviser and an on-site supervisor. The Philadelphia Experience’s academic internship program is designed to integrate knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Interns spend approximately 16 hours per week (for a total of 160 hours over the semester) at an internship site in an area of special interest in a government office, nonprofit organization, or for-profit company. Open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), C (spring), or D (summer). Prerequisites: Students must apply to and be approved to participate in the Philadelphia Experience. Graded S/U. Four semester hours (XLP.)

    IDS-377. Philadelphia Experience Intensive Internship

    An off-campus academic/work experience under the supervision of a faculty internship adviser and an on-site supervisor. The Philadelphia Experience’s academic internship program is designed to integrate knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Interns spend approximately 32 hours per week (for a total of 320 hours over the semester) at an internship site in an area of special interest in a government office, nonprofit organizations, or for-profit company. Open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), C (spring), or D (summer). Prerequisites: Students must apply to and be approved to participate in the Philadelphia Experience. Graded S/U. Eight semester hours (XLP.)

    Washington Internship Institute

    The Washington Internship Institute (WII) program has three components all of which must be taken concurrently and combine for a total of 14 credits (for the 15-week semester program) or 9 credits (for the 10-week summer program). The academic course forms the theoretical framework for the entire experience and is selected from one of several thematic tracks (IDS-361, 362, 363, 364, or 365). The academic course of the student’s choosing is accompanied by an internship seminar (IDS-360) common to all program participants and is rounded out by an intensive internship placement in a relevant organization (IDS-386).

    All WII participants take the following:

    IDS-360. Washington D.C Internship Seminar

    This course will explore how principles of active global citizenship can both advance your professional and career goals while also enabling you to serve as a leader in a rapidly globalizing community. This seminar is designed for small group interaction, reflection, and peer critiquing in order to enhance communication skills and the professional skills needed to transition from undergraduate course work into career-intensive tasks. At the end of the term, students will document their learning in accordance with the Essential Learning Outcomes described in the American Association of Colleges and Universities Liberal Learning and America’s Promise (LEAP) Initiative by preparing posters to present at the Active Learning and Global Citizenship Forum. Co-requisites: IDS-386 and one of the following: IDS-361, 362, 363, 364, or 365. The term will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the course number: A (fall), C (spring), or D (summer). Graded S/U. Three hours per week. Two credit hours for semester seminar; one credit hour for summer seminar.

    All WII participants select one of the following courses which determines the thematic focus and placement options of the internship:

    IDS-361. Environmental and Sustainability Policy Studies

    This class will examine how the United States’ environmental and energy policies are made; who and what influences policy; and the scope and breadth of some of those policies. While the class will focus on U.S. policy positions on matters such as climate change, energy, and endangered species, the international aspects of these issues cannot be ignored and will also be addressed. Co-requisites: IDS-360 and 386. The term will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the course number: A (fall), C (spring), or D (summer). Graded S/U. Three hours per week. Four credit hours for semester course, two credit hours for summer course.

    IDS-362. Global Health Policy Studies

    This course offers students the opportunity to look at the issues surrounding global health and the institutions and global structures that actively shape them. Students in this track enjoy close proximity to the National Institutes of Health and the Johns Hopkins University Hospital and will combine their academic study with an internship in the field of global health studies. Co-requisites: IDS-360 and 386. The term will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the course number: A (fall), C (spring), or D (summer). Graded S/U. Three hours per week.Four credit hours for semester course, two credit hours for summer course.

    IDS-363. Global Women’s Leadership Development

    In this course students will explore assumptions about gender worldwide alongside race, ethnicity, culture, sexuality, class, generation and other aspects of identity and community. Readings draw from texts in anthropology, history, sociology and cultural studies and serve to help students analyze policy papers, advocacy efforts, news media and other sources in order to identify obstacles to women’s equitable global leadership, as well as avenues for encouraging women to be policy leaders. Co-requisites: IDS-360 and 386. The term will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the course number: A (fall), C (spring), or D (summer). Graded S/U. Three hours per week.Four credit hours for semester course, two credit hours for summer course.

    IDS-364. Inside Washington: Politics and Policy

    This course has three primary goals: (1) to teach students the analytical, statistical, and political skills important for policy analysis; (2) to introduce them to a series of specific policy areas, and (3) to improve policy writing skills in various formats. The work in this course will be similar to that produced in a think tank, but the skills are applicable to a wide range of contexts. Co-requisites: IDS-360 and IDS-386. The term will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the course number: A (fall), C (spring), or D (summer). Graded S/U. Three hours per week.Four credit hours for semester course, two credit hours for summer course.

    IDS-365. International and Foreign Policy Studies

    This course employs theories and concepts, the study of institutional architecture, and an examination of contemporary and historical issues in order to address questions about the role of the United States, its policies and practices and relations with allies and rivals. A running simulation of the National Security Council will challenge students to synthesize theory and institutions as they make decisions about how to respond to ongoing crises. Co-requisites: IDS-360 and 386. The term will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the course number: A (fall), C (spring), or D (summer). Graded S/U. Three hours per week.Four credit hours for semester course, two credit hours for summer course.

    All WII participants pursue a full-time internship. Individual placements are determined by the thematic track selected by the student and are made in consultation with WII staff.

    IDS-386. Washington, D.C. Intensive Internship

    The Washington Internship Institute’s academic internship program is carefully designed to provide participants with practical, hands-on experience and academically rigorous courses emphasizing public service, leadership, and professional development. Interns spend four full days per week at an internship site in an area of special interest in a government office, nonprofit organizations, or for-profit company. Open to rising juniors and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), C (spring), or D (summer). The intern completes 32 hours of work per week. Prerequisites: Students must apply to and be approved to participate in this program by the College committee that oversees it. Contact Career Services to learn how to apply. Co-requisites: IDS-360 and one of the following: IDS-361, 362, 363, 364, or 365. Graded S/U.Eight credit hours for semester internship, six credit hours for summer internship. (XLP.)