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Interdisciplinary Studies Course Descriptions

BIS 2390 Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies (3 semester hours) May be repeated for credit as topics vary. (9 hours maximum). (3-0) Y
BIS 3320 The Nature of Intellectual Inquiry (3 semester hours) Core course designed to enhance the student's critical thinking and reasoning in order to understand and utilize the methodologies of scholarly pursuits. To be taken during the student's first twelve hours as a junior in the Interdisciplinary Studies program. May not be taken on a Credit/No Credit basis. (3-0) S
BIS 3390 Theory and Practice of Group Motivation and Leadership (3 semester hours) An elective course designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the theoretical knowledge and skills needed to lead and motivate groups engaged in personal or professional transitions. Includes supervised and paraprofessional experience. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit (6 hours maximum). (3-0) Y
BIS 4301 Special Topics (3 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). (3-0) Y
BIS 4303 Senior Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies (3 semester hours) Required for graduation magna cum laude and summa cum laude. Prerequisite: Completion of at least 39 and no more than 45 hours of work towards a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and consent of instructor. (3-0) S
BIS 4305 Learning Studies Practicum (3 semester hours) Supervised instructional experiences with school-age students. Focus is on enrichment activities that meet the learning needs of individual students. Consent of the faculty member is required. (3-0) Y
BIS 4310 Co-op Education (3 semester hours) Students completing this course will integrate academic learning with their co-op work experience. To attain this goal, students will keep a journal of their workplace experience, maintain contact with the instructor, and prepare a written report that focuses on the accomplishments and insights gained through their co-op experience. (3-0) T
BIS 4V02 Independent Study (1-9 semester hours) Independent study under a faculty member's direction. An Independent Study course may be used in the Interdisciplinary Studies degree plan wherever appropriate. An Independent Study course involves an individual contract between the student and a faculty member, specifying what requirements the student will meet. This usually involves some combination of reading, research, papers, examinations, and meetings with the faculty member. To undertake an Independent Study, the student must arrange with an appropriate faculty member for supervision of a particular topic. Consent of the faculty member is required. ([1-9]-0) S
BIS 4V04 Internship (1-6 semester hours) Placement in a faculty-supervised work situation in business, government, or social service agency, arts institution, or other setting appropriate to the student's concentration. Sites may be local, out of state, or abroad. An internship provides exposure to a professional working environment, application of theory to working realities, and an opportunity to test skills and clarify goals in a specific field. Experience gained may also serve as a work credential after graduation. Course requirements include writing a journal and research paper connecting theory to practice. ([1-6]-0) S

School of Arts and Humanities

ISAH 3236 Debate (2 semester hours) The principles and practices of formal intercollegiate team and parliamentary debate. The course is based on the national debate topic. Teams participate in intramural and intercollegiate debate and forensic competitions, including extemporaneous speech, oratory, and group discussion. Primarily intended for members or prospective members of the UTD debating team. May be repeated for credit (16 hours maximum). (2-0) S
ISAH 3300 Film as Reflection of Society (3 semester hours) A study of the cinema in its historical, economic, propagandistic, and symbolic relationship to society. Topics vary and will consider films in different eras and nations. (3-0) Y
ISAH 3330 Venus to Vampire: Women in History and Art (3 semester hours) Starting with the Greeks, this course will explore the female as a constant source of inspiration and vehicle of expression during the major periods of Western art up to the present time. Emphasis will be on the social and philosophical context in which these images were created and on the persistence and change of types of images from period to period. (3-0) T
ISAH 3394 Women and Western Thought (3 semester hours) Drawing from philosophy, theology, literature, and art, this course will attempt to trace and understand the development of the concept of woman from the classical period until the present, and examine the evolution of such attitudes and their impact on the images of women in literature and the visual arts. (Same as GST 3302) (3-0) T
ISAH 4301 Music as a Second Language (3 semester hours) An exploration of the creative process and the changing role of the composer. Methods of analytical and aesthetic appreciation applied to musical examples, with corollaries in literature, history, theatre, and the visual arts. Musical knowledge helpful but not required. (3-0) T
ISAH 4336 Growing Up in America (3 semester hours) Did Childhood and Adolescence exist in the past? Will they tomorrow? This course investigates changes in growing up with perspectives from history, the social sciences, psychology, literature, and film. (3-0) T
ISAH 4340 Motion Pictures: Popular Art Symbolic Form (3 semester hours) The course explores the nature of popular art and the relationship of motion pictures to other forms of artistic expression, and emphasizes critical and analytical approaches to movies by considering symbolic and significant enactments in them. (3-0) Y
ISAH 4342 Peace, War, and Ethics (3 semester hours) This course is a study of attitudes, concepts, and realities regarding war and peace issues. It seeks to understand why people fight and why peace is difficult to attain. (3-0) T
ISAH 4370 Arts Management (3 semester hours) Examination of the role of arts managers in contemporary visual and performing arts organizations, with a focus on business and administrative practices. Topics will include organizational structuring, fund raising, personnel management, and basic accounting procedures (profit and nonprofit). (3-0) T
ISAH 4V88 Special Interdisciplinary Topics in the Arts and Humanities (1-6 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). ([1-6]-0) R

School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

ISHD 3343 Children in a Changing World (3 semester hours) Issues relevant to childhood in the 20th century. Topics include day care, divorce, parenting styles, and parental leave. The influence of social policy, socioeconomic factors, and family structure on childrearing will be discussed. (3-0) Y
ISHD 4347 Drugs, Behavior, and the Brain (3 semester hours) An examination of the nature of brain cells and the brain-cell chemical communication process. Mechanisms of action of major psychoactive drugs, drug dependence, withdrawal, and drug-induced brain damage are considered. (3-0) R
ISHD 4365 Language in Culture and Society (3 semester hours) An investigation of the influence of language on nonlinguistic aspects of culture and society. Topics will include patterns of communication, speech community, communication and social structure, varieties of language, and the analysis of communicative competence and communicative performance. (3-0) Y
ISHD 4391 Psychology and the Legal System (3 semester hours) Relationship of psychology to legal issues including the insanity defense and criminal responsibility, mental competency, standards for involuntary commitment, and predictions of future behavior. Other topics include polygraphic examinations, jury selection, decision processes, and rules of evidence. (3-0) Y
ISHD 4V82 Special Interdisciplinary Topics in Human Development (1-6 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). ([1-6]-0) R

Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

ISEC 4102 Computer Art Laboratory (1 semester hour) This course involves the creation and use of algorithms for art on microcomputers. Will not satisfy core requirement in Natural Sciences. Corequisite: ISEC 4201 The Computer and the Artist. (0-2) R
ISEC 4201 The Computer and the Artist (2 semester hours) This course explores the problems, tools, and opportunities presented to the artist by the birth of this new medium. From the analytic aspects of computer graphics to the aesthetics of interactive design, the wide range of extant techniques foreshadows the richness of future computer art. Will not satisfy core requirement in Natural Sciences. Corequisite: ISEC 4102 Computer Art Laboratory. (2-0) R
ISEC 4395 Computing in Society (3 semester hours) Computing in society and business. The internet. Information Technology: principles, practices, risks, and opportunities. Tour of a computer system. Software systems. The social context of computing. Careers in computing. Popular culture in the Digital Age. The risks of technology: ACM code of ethics, computer crime, system disasters. Human rights and privacy issues. Computers and education. (3-0) R
ISEC 4V87 Special Interdisciplinary Topics in Engineering or Computer Science (1-6 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). ([1-6]) R

School of General Studies

ISGS 3312 Women in Management (3 semester hours) Earnings differences, employment policies, and other critical issues affecting the status of women in managerial and professional positions. (3-0) S
ISGS 3335 United States and East Asia (3 semester hours) This course examines the interaction between the United States and East Asia. Topics include sociocultural differences, conflicts in political ideals, economic relations, and trans-Pacific diplomacy. The course highlights the spread of American culture and the rise of East Asia's economic power. (3-0) Y
ISGS 4305 Humans: Our Place in Nature (3 semester hours) The history of the human lineage is a complicated but fascinating combination of biological and cultural changes. (3-0) Y
ISGS 4306 Human Female: Biology and Culture (3 semester hours) This course takes a life cycle approach to the major biological events in a woman’s life, and the various cultural observances or lack thereof, which accompany these changes. (3-0) Y
ISGS 4308 Bones, Bodies, and Disease (3 semester hours) An introduction to the wealth of knowledge that can be ascertained through an analysis of skeletal and mummified remains. (3-0) Y
ISGS 4309 Diversity and Globalization (3 semester hours) This course studies the meanings, processes, and impacts of globalization. It highlights sensitivity to global diversity and examines how global companies cope with a wide array of political/legal forces and transform social/cultural differences into competitive advantages. Topics include conflict resolution in business diplomacy and strategies of managing global diversity. (3-0) Y
ISGS 4311 Gender and Education (3 semester hours) An examination of the impact of gender, race, and class on the educational experiences of men and women. Considers the way educational institutions both empower individuals and reproduce social inequalities based on class, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality. Topics include Enlightenment discussions of gender and reason, co-ed vs. single sex education, curriculum transformation efforts to include the history and experiences of women and ethnic minorities, feminist, and critical pedagogies. (3-0) Y
ISGS 4320 Women, Work and Family (3 semester hours) An examination of the relationship between women's work for pay in the marketplace and their unpaid work in homes across time and in different cultures. Topics include the historical separation of work from home under capitalism; division of household labor between men and women; public policy initiatives (socialized/commercial housework and daycare, family leave, telecommuting, part-time and flex-time work) designed to make juggling work and family easier; the ways class, race, and ethnicity constrain and enable women's choices. (Same as SOC 4377) (3-0) Y
ISGS 4338 Native American Cultures (3 semester hours) This course provides an overview of the Indian, Eskimo, and Aleuts of North America from first contacts with the European world to the present. Native Americans will be viewed from an interdisciplinary and culture area perspective. Topics discussed include pan-Native American ideologies and problems. (3-0) Y
ISGS 4V89 Special Interdisciplinary Topics in General Studies (1-6 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). ([1-6]-0) Y

School of Management

ISSM 4V83 Special Interdisciplinary Topics in Business Administration (1-6 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). ([1-6]-0) S

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

ISNS 3367 The Oceans (3 semester hours) Physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of oceanography. Description and origin of features on sea floor; evolution of ocean basins; chemistry of sea water; influence of oceans on weather and climate; formation of waves, tides, currents; factors affecting biological productivity; economic resources and environmental problems. Enrollment in GEOS 3401 Oceanography precludes enrollment in ISNS 3367. (3-0) S
ISNS 3368 Weather and Climate (3 semester hours) An overview of the fields of meteorology and climatology. The approach is scientific yet nonmathematical, and students will be exposed to a wide spectrum of ideas from folklore, history, law, economics, and environmental issues. (3-0) S
ISNS 4359 Earthquakes and Volcanoes (3 semester hours) Earthquakes and volcanoes appear capricious and devastating in human terms, but they are also a regular part of geological history. This course will integrate current geological thinking with elements of statistics, physics, chemistry, human history, sociology, psychology, and religion to develop an understanding and to provide pragmatic strategies for living with these events. (3-0) Y
ISNS 4371 The Phenomena of Nature: Forces, Gases, Motion, Heat, Light and Electricity (3 semester hours) The purpose of the course is to cultivate in students an intuitive perception of the nature of observable physical reality through the presentation and analysis of striking experimental demonstrations. No substantial prior training in science is assumed, but students with a background in science may profit from the course. There will be considerable reference to the historical growth of scientific knowledge and to the aesthetic quality of the explanations offered by science. (3-0) Y
ISNS 4373 Our Nearest Neighbors in the Sky (3 semester hours) A description of the tools and principles the astronomer and space scientist use in exploration of the solar system; the earth, moon, the sun, planets, asteroids, meteors, and comets; the origin of the solar system; classroom demonstrations, multimedia presentations, and telescope observations. NATS 4173 may be taken with this course to satisfy a General Education laboratory science requirement. (3-0) Y
ISNS 4V81 Special Interdisciplinary Topics in Natural Sciences and Mathematics (1-6 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). ([1-6]-0) R

School of Social Sciences

ISSS 3111 Careers in the Social Sciences (1 semester hour) This one-credit course is designed to provide social sciences majors and those interested in the social sciences with information and skills that will help them select and pursue a career in their major or a related field. (Same as SOCS 3111) (1-0)
ISSS 3323 Geographic Information Systems for Social Scientists (3 semester hour) An introduction to Geographic Information Systems with a focus on GIS methods and procedures used in the Social Sciences. Cartographic procedures for displaying the results of social scientific research are presented. Specific GIS methods are covered for use in several different applications areas, including political geography, transportation studies, land use for cadastral and zoning applications, and spatial statistics in the context of criminology. Industry standard GIS software tools are used to apply these methods. (Same as GEOG 3323 and SOCS 3323) (3-0)
ISSS 3336 Culture Regions (3 semester hours) Survey of a major region of the world as defined by a set of common cultural traditions and institutions such as Latin America, the Islamic World, Africa south of the Sahara, or South Asia. Each time the course is offered it will review both the key cultural features and the major disciplinary approaches needed to create an interdisciplinary comprehension of the region. Areas will be announced in advance, and the course may be repeated for credit when a different culture region is treated. (3-0) Y
ISSS 3356 Management and Society (3 semester hours) This course explores a variety of social forces that are reshaping both our attitudes toward management and our management practices. Some of the social forces studied in this class include the quality movement, feminism, ecological economics, the virtual organization, and the new sciences of chaos and complexity. (3-0) T
ISSS 3360 Politics and Values in Business and Technology
(3 semester hours) A social and behavioral science survey of current business practices and the normative value systems by which they operate and are regulated. Topics will include the influences on business practices by culture, especially race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and by developing technology and the Information Society. (3-0) S
ISSS 4320 Social Entrepreneurship (3 semester hours) This course is about providing those interested in entrepreneurial ventures with primarily a social focus with the skills and knowledge necessary to accomplish their goals. The course will be seminar style and require a practicum. Topics to be included are entrepreneurship in the non-profit sector, entrepreneurship in political campaigns, new public management and the role of entrepreneurship in government and public services, urban planning, and geographical information sciences as a tool all entrepreneurs can use in the creation of new opportunities. (Same as SOCS 4320) (3-0)
ISSS 4329 Survival in the Fourth World (3 semester hours) Examines the life circumstances and concerns of the world's poorest peoples through perspectives offered by such fields as sociology, economics, and anthropology, and through the eyes of the people themselves. In addition to exploring basic survival issues such as population growth, migration, food, employment, education, and environment, the course concerns itself with relationships between the ways different perspectives shape assumptions about realities, and how such assumptions influence actions to improve these same realities. (3-0) R
ISSS 4357 Religions (3 semester hours) A comparative study of the world's major systems of religious belief and their relation to other influential social and cultural systems, with special reference to the way these traditions are applied in the creation of new religious movements. (3-0) Y
ISSS 4358 National and International Security (3 semester hours) Investigates problems associated with national and international security in the post-cold war world. Includes analysis of the use of military force, nuclear arms, terrorism, international treaties, and the economic dimensions to national security. (Same as GOVT 4358) (3-0) R
ISSS 4366 Japanese Organization and Management (3 semester hours) An examination of the structure of Japanese organizations: small and large business firms, government ministries, and multinational corporations. Consideration is also given to the relationships between the education system and labor market, and government and business. (3-0) R
ISSS 4V86 Special Interdisciplinary Topics in the Social Sciences (1-6 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). ([1-6]-0) R

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