This course will introduce students to the methods, history and theories of the discipline of interdisciplinary studies. Students will identify complex real-world problems and begin to build interdisciplinary pathways towards their solutions. Students will also identify disciplinary priorities and practices and articulate the bridges between disciplines and professions as they begin to chart their individual professional paths.
How do interdisciplinary thinkers solve complex, important problems in today’s world? What skills and strategies are available to define complex problems and create methods to solve them? In this course, students hone their skills in asking good interdisciplinary research questions about complex, real-world problems and develop a working knowledge of diverse research methods from multiple disciplines and interdisciplinary approaches. Students will also learn to apply methods and present research ethically and effectively.
This course forms the capstone experience for Interdisciplinary Studies majors. Students will conduct extensive original research into a real-world problem or issue using interdisciplinary methods and approaches and will present their research to relevant stakeholders and the TJU community. Students will also research and produce a planning document to chart their individual career paths.