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Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS)


IDS courses are interdisciplinary in nature and designed to provide the capstone GE experience for BYU–Hawaii students. Each course is small and interactive and draws on two or more disciplines, incorporating multiple perspectives through a variety of venues and sources. Group projects and oral presentations are often course components. In these writing intensive courses student are expected to do research and produce substantive written work. Students must be of junior or senior standing, ready to critically engage with course material and communicate ideas to the larger group. Prerequisite: ENG 101 and HIST 202 or GE 300 or transferred with an AA, AS, AAS, or AGS.

300. War and Culture (3) (F) Examines the statements made about war in various art forms, such as music, literature, painting, drama, and film.

301. Sports and Culture (3) (F) Examines the interrelationships between sports and culture; students will study how art, literature, history, politics, and other disciplines influence and are influenced by sports.

302. Language, Society, and the Individual (3) (Variable) Focuses on the human capacity for language and its manifestations in the individual and in the society.

304. Business and Society (3) (Variable) Examines the social and political environment in which business operates.

307. Introduction to American Studies (3) (Variable) American Culture explored through studies of its literature, art, music, social and political structures, science, and the media.

308. Humor and the Individual(3) (Variable) Explores various theories of humor development, some ways in which society uses humor, and some genres in which humor plays an important role.

309. Mormon Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach (3) (Variable) An introduction to the study of Mormon- ism from the perspective of various academic disciplines ranging from art and anthropology to biological sciences and organizational behavior.

310. Multicultural Women's Studies (3) (Variable) Women's issues approached from both historical and contemporary perspectives and based on social science and literary readings. Discusses sexual stereotyping, feminization of poverty, women of color, women of the Church, the superwoman myth, and gender relations.

311. Christian Theology and Western Science (3) (Variable) Issues that are of perennial interest to both science and religion. The nature of the universe, the origins of life, etc. Also, might religious and scientific understanding be productively integrated.

312. Politics and Education (3) (Variable) Explores the relation between public policy and the political process; specifically, it examines educational policy.

313. The Intercultural Campus (3) (Variable) The countries and peoples in BYU–Hawaii target area. The processes of learning and teaching in a diverse student population.

314. The World of the Victorians (3) (Variable) Examines major changes taking place in the western world, specifically the British Empire from 1832-1901 through literature, society, philosophy, education, industry, science, and religion.

315. Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Laughter (3) (Variable) Survey of perspectives on laughter including historical, theological, linguistic, feminist, evolutionary, physiological, psychological and social. High level of motivation, interest, initiative and communication skills assumed.

316. The American Civil War: An Interdisciplinary Study (3) (Variable) A study of the impact of the war on American culture, through literature, history, film, music, and other culture manifestations.

317. Christianity and Culture (3) (Variable) Examines the development of Christian arts, philosophy, history, and theology in Christianity's interaction with broader society.

318. Personal and Family Financial Management (3) (F, W, S) Plan and prepare for a successful life at home, church, and workplace. Set personal and spiritual goals. Learn to budget, save, invest, and give.

319. Historical and Social Impact of Technology (3) (Variable) Explores the impact of technology on society throughout history to individuals, families, communities and the world as a whole.

320. Pursue Truth (3) (Variable) Explores multiple means and methodologies for pursuing truth with the objective of helping students develop the ability to evaluate truth claims in contemporary society.

321. Global Skills- How to Thrive across Cultures in a Globalized World (3) (F, W, S) Global skills are needed to be effective when working across cultures. Leading, adapting, communicating, and decision making in a culturally-diverse environment require global skills. Real life case studies and in-class activities are used to help participants become culturally self-aware and develop global skills that apply across all cultures. (Prerequisites: ENGL 101, ENGL 201, HIST 201, HIST 202, and completion of 60 or more credits (per IDS requirements)).

390R. Special Topics (3) (Variable)