Description. The field of Interdisciplinary Studies recognizes that we live in a complex and interrelated world. This minor introduces students to the practices of interdisciplinarity: using critical methods and bodies of knowledge from multiple disciplines to understand real-world issues and problems. A sophisticated comprehension of serious topics – such as sexual violence, mass incarceration, poverty, racial and economic inequality, environmental degradation, technological change, epidemics, or global migration, for example – requires analysis of dimensions that include the cultural, historical, political, psychological, social, gender, and economic. Through a pedagogy centered on active learning, students in the Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies develop critical thinking and analytical skills that prepare them to tackle the difficult topics and advanced work required in law and graduate schools and high-level careers.
Learning outcomes. Students will:
• Read, write, and communicate orally in response to a wide variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary texts.
• Analyze and synthesize ideas and information from multiple disciplinary sources and perspectives.
• Identify, articulate, and reflect upon theoretical and methodological differences among disciplines across the arts, humanities, and sciences.
• Select and apply appropriate tools from two or more disciplines to significant questions, issues, or problems that would benefit from interdisciplinary analysis.
• Construct knowledge together and collaborate effectively and respectfully.
Minor coordinator. Professor Amy Green, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (212.237.8352, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Requirements. The minor in Interdisciplinary Studies requires a total of 18 credits of which 3 credits are required and 15 credits are electives. A maximum of two courses can overlap with a student’s major, other minor or program.
PART ONE. REQUIRED COURSES Subtotal: 3 credits
ISP 101 Ways of Knowing: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Past
PART TWO. ELECTIVES Subtotal: 15 credits
Select five ISP courses from the 200- and/or 300-level (at least one course must be at the 300-level or above).
Note: Students who have completed at least one semester (9 credits) in the Interdisciplinary Studies Freshman Program may apply one 100-level ISP course towards Part Two. Such students should see the Minor Coordinator.
ISP 211 Revolutions
ISP 224 Constructions of Difference in the USA
ISP 235 Apples and Oranges: Form and Meaning in the Arts
ISP 236 Truth and Creativity: How We Create Meaning
ISP 248 Getting Even: Forgiveness and Revenge for Individuals and Society
ISP 255 Technology and Culture
ISP 264 Remembering and Forgetting in Public and Private
ISP 265 Evolution and Its Impact
ISP 273 The Stories We Tell
ISP 321 Moral, Legal, and Ethical Dilemmas that Shape the USA
ISP 322 Making Waves: Troublemakers, Gadflies and Whistleblowers
ISP 334 Sex, Gender, and Justice in Global Perspective
ISP 335 Violence in the Pursuit of Justice
ISP 336 Just Intentions: Global Humanitarianism
ISP 380 Selected Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies
ISP 385 Faculty Mentored Research Experience in Interdisciplinary Studies
Students can also apply ISP 289, ISP 389, and/or ISP 489 to Part Two of the Minor.
Total Credit Hours: 18