Interdisciplinary Courses

Interdisciplinary courses

IDSY195Writing Center Pedagogy & PraxisThis course is designed to familiarize prospective Peer Writing Consultants with the basics of writing center pedagogy and to help them build a "toolbox" of consultation strategies that will allow them to effectively assess and address the varied and individual learning needs of writers.Prerequisite: Instructor Permission Only
IDSY/PHYS215Introduction to Complex SystemsStudy of how collective behavior emerges from the interaction between a system's parts and its environment. Model systems from the natural sciences and social sciences will be used as examples. Both historical and contemporary approaches will be discussed.
IDSY220Cross-Cultural Understanding and Inter-Cultural CommunicationTwo-part course offered for sophomores in the spring prior to departure on a long-term study abroad program and in the spring immediately following their return. Students learn basic concepts of cross-cultural analysis and intercultural communication before departure, communicate about their experiences while abroad, and share their insights about the study abroad experience with the Kalamazoo community upon their return. Students must complete both halves of IDSY 220 in order to receive one unit of credit.
IDSY/MATH305/PHYS 482Dynamic Models in Social ScienceThe study of why mathematical and computational methods are important in understanding social phenomena, and how different social phenomena can be described by proper mathematical models. Specifically, applications of the theory of dynamical systems will be presented. Designed for math/science and social science students. Either MATH/PHYS 270 or this course, but not both, may be counted towards the major in mathematics.
IDSY/JAPN495Thinking About Nature: East and WestThis course is designed to be the senior seminar for the East Asian Studies major and also a Senior seminar course for other seniors. We will look at how the West (mostly the US) and Asian cultures have thought about nature and the human-nature relationship. Prerequisite: Seniors Only