IS2222: Policies & Info

Course Description
Gives introductory Interdisciplinary Studies students a structured opportunity to frame and plan a deliberate and thoughtful interdisciplinary program of study. Students create a non-binding Interdisciplinary Studies contract related to their own personal goals and interests and a multimedia presentation with an accompanying long paper that outlines their own educational philosophies and plans for interdisciplinary study.

Course Objectives
Satisfactory completion of this course will enable a student to:

  1. Identify the key PSU stakeholders in the IDS major (peers, profs, admin.)
  2. Articulate the requirements of the PSU Interdisciplinary Studies program and its options
  3. Partner with a scholar-advisor as their mentor
  4. Present a polished Interdisciplinary Studies essay and contract
  5. Define “Interdisciplinarity,” informed by existing models
  6. Articulate their own educational philosophies and plans for interdisciplinary studies in multimedia and written formats

Course Requirements and Grading Procedures:

  • Website: (25%): You will own your own domain and build your own website, which we will use as an ePortfolio for this course.
  • Assignments (20%): Assignments will include essays, short writings, slide presentations, etc.
  • Tests (20%): There will be two closed-book tests given during the semester.
  • Forum Postings (15%): To do well on your postings you need to not miss any required posts, your posts need to be well-developed and detailed (including the incorporation of textual evidence and quotes where appropriate, all properly cited), and they need to be grammatically correct.  Solid performance on postings will generate a B grade.  An A can be achieved by having outstanding posts and additionally commenting regularly on your classmates’ posts.
  • Class Participation (5%): This grade is comprised of two separate grades. The first is Attendance, which measures how often you come to class (which is imperative to your ability to participate, I think you will agree!). At the end of the semester, one of your absences will be automatically EXCUSED. Any absence over one will negatively affect your attendance grade (you will receive full attendance credit for 0-1 absence, half credit for 2 absences, and no credit for 3 or more absences). Strive for perfect attendance.The second is Engagement, which measures how you involve yourself in the discussions (being careful not to participate too much if you are talkative; encouraging yourself to speak up daily if you are shy; making eye contact with the professor and your classmates; refraining from distracting or distracted behavior such as sleeping, texting, chatting, packing up early, etc.); demonstrating enthusiasm for learning.
  • Final Exam (15%): This grade includes the oral exam and the take-home essay (together worth 90% of your exam grade), and the in-class reaction essay (worth 10% of your exam grade).

Required Text
Repko, Allen. Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies. LA: Sage Publications, 2013.
There will be an additional $25 cost for your website.

Academic Integrity
You must adhere to the Academic Integrity policy as outlined in the PSU Academic Catalog. Anyone violating this policy will be reported to the English Department chair, and then sent before the Academic Integrity panel for a hearing. Here are the basics of what I expect, in addition to full compliance with this policy:

  • all work is your own;
  • if you get information or ideas from books, articles, the internet, or interviews with live people, you need to cite that information or those ideas using MLA or APA  style;
  • you may not purchase papers and turn them in as your own work;
  • you may not turn in a paper that you yourself wrote for an assignment for a different class;
  • all presentations and Powerpoints must also include citations.

Plymouth State University is committed to providing students with documented disabilities equal access to all university programs and facilities. If you think you have a disability requiring accommodations, you should immediately contact the PASS Office in Lamson Library (535-2270) to determine whether you are eligible for such accommodations. Academic accommodations will only be considered for students who have registered with the PASS Office. If you have a Letter of Accommodation for this course from the PASS Office, please provide the instructor with that information privately so that you and the instructor can review those accommodations.


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