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Interdisciplinary StudiesOverview/Areas of Interdisciplinary Study/Courses

Interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship cross boundaries between academic disciplines or schools of thought to expand traditional limits on knowledge and to address new and emerging challenges. The epidemiology of AIDS and the dynamics of climate change, for example, require the insights and resources of multiple disciplines. The Whitworth 2021 Strategic Plan emphasizes interdisciplinary studies as essential to a comprehensive and relevant liberal arts education and to subsequent vocational service and success.

Interdisciplinary studies at Whitworth entail a range of offerings, including academic majors, minors and signature general-education courses such as Core 150, 250, and 350.  Several of these areas of study incorporate significant programmatic and co-curricular elements such as events, speakers, and leadership/service opportunities.

Interdisciplinary Majors

American Studies, History Emphasis

Bioinformatics

Cross-Cultural Studies, History Emphasis or Political Science Emphasis

International Studies, History Emphasis or Political Science Emphasis

Mathematical Economics

Peace Studies, Political Science Emphasis

Area of Concentration

Students who wish to integrate related courses from a variety of academic disciplines have the option of declaring an area of concentration in lieu of choosing a departmental major.  Here are the guidelines for an area of concentration:

  • Declare the area of concentration before the first semester of your junior year or be a transfer senior.
  • Involve an in-depth study in one topical area.
  • Reflect an integration of disciplines into one topic.
  • Require 40-60 credits.
  • Be at least as rigorous as a departmental program.
  • If an A of C involves teacher certification, it must be cleared by the School of Education.
  • Cannot include more than four independent studies.
  • Include one writing-intensive course.

Interdisciplinary Minors

Asian Studies

Environmental Studies

Latin American Studies

Leadership Studies

Medieval & Early Modern Studies

U.S. Cultural Studies

Women's and Gender Studies

Core Worldview Studies Program

Courses

IDS 101 Interdisciplinary Introduction to Stats3
An introduction to the process of research and the practice of statistics. Emphasizes visualizing and summarizing data. Uses a computer-intensive approach for learning the principles of statistical inference.
IDS 110 Introduction to U.S. Cultural Studies1
This course introduces students to critical cultural studies in the contemporary U.S. It is open to all undergraduate students and has no prerequisites. Fall and spring semesters.
IDS 115 Preparing for a STEM Career1
Students will learn about the type of scientific work they would enjoy, explore scientific careers, hear guest speakers, and understand the preparation necessary at the undergraduate level in order to succeed in their chosen career. Spring semesters. Recommended standing: Freshman.
IDS 151 Seminar for Health Professions1
A seminar to introduce students to the pre-health fields. Visiting speakers will represent medical, dental and veterinary fields. Course will also cover specifics of courses, majors, and other issues related to pre-health fields. Spring semester.
IDS 196 Topics in Interdepartmental Studies1-3
Selected topics in interdepartmental studies. Periodic offering.
IDS 201 Genealogy in Cultural Context2
This course introduces students to genealogical and historical research in the framework of diverse viewpoints within American society. Students will analyze the cultural diversity of their family history, with particular attention to placing their family in historical context. Spring semester.
IDS 230 Asian American Film2
This course is open to all students. By the end of the course the student will have increased their understanding in: -How Asian American identity is constructed -What is the portrayal of Asian Americans -What are the cultural expectations, assumptions, and impact on Asian Americans and on the 'other' -How is identity being redefined? Spring semester.
IDS 231 U.S. Latino/a Film2
This course introduces students to US Latino/a cultures through film. Students will view films by Latino/a filmmakers, study U.S. History, and learn multicultural theory. Recommended for all students. Offered Spring term.
IDS 232 Native American Film2
his course introduces Native American cultures to students through film. The class covers U.S. History, Native American cultures, and multicultural theory. Recommended for all students. Offered fall term.
IDS 233 African American Film2
This course introduces students to African American culture through films. Students will view films made by African Americans, study U.S. History, and discuss multicultural theory. Recommended for all students. Offered fall term.
IDS 235H US Tribal Identities3
A project-driven course that studies US domestic colonialism and the exploitation of special groups. Major ideas covered are critical race theory, internal colonialism, and environmental justice. Involves guest speakers, field trips, research, and a group presentation.
IDS 291 Independent Study1-4
IDS 296 Topics in Interdepartmental Studies3
Selected topics in interdepartmental studies. Periodic offering.
IDS 301 Introduction to Latin American Studies3
This course explores Latin America from a variety of perspectives: sociological, political, theological, artistic and literary. It includes an historical survey of Latin America from the earliest times to the present. Given the fact that this course is being taught at the Costa Rica Center, it gives special emphasis to Costa Rica and Central America. Nevertheless, the course will contain examples and will cover themes that pertain to much of Latin America and the Caribbean. This course will also deal with U.S. foreign relations with Latin America, including NAFTA, CAFTA and other trade agreements. Offered every fall and spring semesters at Costa Rica Center. Recommended HI 127 or HI 181 prior to taking IDS 301
IDS 310 U.S. Cultural Studies: Community-Based Research1
This course engages students with community members to work collaboratively to address societal issues confronting diverse populations. This course is open to all students. Fall semester.
IDS 311 U.S. Cultural Studies: Campus-Based Research1
This course engages students with campus members to work collaboratively to address societal issues confronting diverse populations. Spring semester.
IDS 313 Identity Formation in Us Cultural Contex2
This course fulfills the three primary goals of the US Cultural Studies Minor by focusing on racial identity development (African American, Latino, Asian American, American Indian, White, Multiracial, etc.) in the United States. Students will have opportunities for self-exploration in how their racial identity has been shaped. Fall semester, periodic.
IDS 335H U.S. Tribal Identities3
A project-driven course that studies US domestic colonialism and the exploitation of special groups. Major ideas covered are critical race theory, internal colonialism, and environmental justice. Involves guest speakers, field trips, research, and a group presentation.
IDS 351 Preparatory Seminar: Health Professions1
A cross-disciplinary course focusing on synthesis of general biology, general chemistry, general physics, organic chemistry, physiology, NMR and IR spectroscopy. Strategic course for learning to apply introductory science/math knowledge to questions involving higher-order content. Intended for students planning to take the Medical College Admissions Test, Dental Aptitude Test, or veterinary-school entrance exams. Intended primarily for the student in his/her junior or senior year. Students will prepare for health professions both in terms of the entrance exams and by researching each school's focus and prerequisites. Prerequisites: BI 140, BI 141, CH 161, CH 181, CH 271, CH 278, PS 151, and PS 153.
IDS 390 Internship1-4
IDS 391 Independent Study1-4
IDS 396 Topics in Interdepartmental Studies1-3
Selected topics in interdepartmental studies. Periodic offering.
IDS 491 Independent Study1-6
Dean of Arts and Sciences

NOELLE WIERSMA