Interdisciplinary Studies

INTS 103.3 — 1/2(3L)
Writing for Academic Success

The purpose of this course is to help students become stronger writers. To the end of sculpting effective essays, the course will teach students the principles of good reading; essay structure; editing and revision; and the effective use of rhetoric. The course proceeds upon the premise that clear writing is rooted in sound grammar, and that even analysis cannot properly proceed without this basis. For this reason, the course will necessarily include instruction in grammar.

Note: Students are encouraged to take this course in their first year to maximize the opportunity to increase success in later courses. However, it may be taken as an elective requirement at any time.


INTS 202.3 — 1/2(3L)
An Introduction to Ukrainian History and Culture

This course offers a multidisciplinary introduction to Ukraine, its history, culture, and peoples from historical, cultural, political and anthropological perspectives. Along with an overview of major developments in Ukrainian history, culture and nation building, the course also focuses on the outcomes and meanings of these developments to contemporary Ukrainians, their neighbors, and the Ukrainian diaspora. Topics include — the rise and fall of Kyivan Rus and Galicia-Volhynia, the Polish and Lithuanian rule, the Cossack Era, the birth and decline of Hetmanate, the impact of Russian and Austrian Imperial rule on Ukraine, the growth of national consciousness in the 19th century, the first World War and the quest for independence, industrialization and collectivization in Soviet Ukraine in the 1920-30s, the famine of 1932-33, Stalin’s repressions of 1930s, Western Ukraine between the Wars, Ukraine during the Second World War, Soviet Ukraine in the 1950-1980s, and independent Ukraine in a global context.

Prerequisite(s): 15 credit units of university studies.


INTS 203.3 — 1/2(3L)
Cultivating Humanity

This course will explore what it means to be human, and to become humane, by drawing from a variety of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. It will provide an intellectual framework for understanding interconnections between the personal and the group on both a local and global level in relation to social, cultural, economic, and ecological issues. This course gives attention to an increasing awareness of the challenges associated with intercultural relations, fostering respect for diversity, and the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion.

Prerequisite(s): 18 credit units at university level or permission of the instructor.
Note: The course may be used toward the General or Electives Requirements in Arts and Science programs. Students with credit for INTS 200.6 may not take this course for credit.


INTS 400.3 — 1/2(3S)
Critical Perspectives on Social Justice and the Common Good

This course is meant as a capstone for students completing a Minor in Critical Perspectives on Social Justice and the Common Good. Students will be engaged in a critical inquiry into current conditions of social life to inspire their participation in equitable and sustainable alternatives for our common social good. Core categories include cycles of exclusion, rural/urban justice, ecojustice and globalization.

Prerequisite(s): 36 credit units of completed university study including INTS 203.3.