2020-2021 Course Catalog – Interdisciplinary Studies

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Interdisciplinary Studies

CL College Level

CP College Prep

DC Dual Credit

XC Exploratory Course

BUS0110
Personal Finance (DC)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Spring

The fundamental principles of general business and related economic concepts are considered from the consumer’s point of view. General fundamental principles of business, consumer buying, use of credit, banking, insurance, investments, tax concepts, and budgeting will be introduced.

* Ball State University offers 3 college credit hours to students in FIN 110 upon completion of this course. Refer to the Dual Credit section for details on enrollment and fees.

PHIL100
Introduction to Philosophy (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Spring

This course is an introduction to some of the most important questions human beings of all ages, periods, religions, and places have asked themselves. These questions include issues in metaphysics (what exists and what does this mean? what is being?), epistemology (what does it mean to know something? what things can we know and how?), and ethics (what obligation do I have to be a good person? what constitutes good/bad/evil?). In addition to reading a variety of texts on these topics and discussing the questions and ideas therein, we will also focus on developing the skills needed to understand intellectual arguments and evaluate them. In other words, we will practice using basic logical concepts—principles of deduction, induction, soundness, clarity, etc.—to form reasoned judgments about the claims of others and to compose thoughtful responses of our own. This class will challenge many assumptions about the human condition, and our primary goal above all else will be, as Hannah Arendt puts it, to develop our capacity for thinking, judging, and acting.

Interdisciplinary Studies: Colloquium

COL03900
Junior Colloquium (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: .5 credit in Junior Colloquium
Offered: Fall

This unique, discussion-oriented seminar provides students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions on a variety of topics in weekly, small group sessions. Additional activities may include large group presentations, campus and community outings, or simulation events. While working with texts and materials from a variety of perspectives, students will be enhancing their skills in academic discourse and their knowledge of thought-provoking topics. This required course provides a shared experience for all students in the fall of their junior year.

COL04000
Senior Colloquium (CL)

Prerequisite: Junior Colloquium (COL03900)
Credit: .5 credit in Senior Colloquium
Offered: Spring

This unique, discussion-oriented seminar provides students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions on a variety of topics in weekly, small group sessions. Additional activities may include large group presentations, campus and community outing, or simulation events. While working with texts and materials from a variety of perspectives, students will be enhancing their skills in academic discourse and their knowledge of thought-provoking topics. This required course provides a shared, capstone experience for all students in the spring of the senior year.

Interdisciplinary Studies: Research

RES03100
Research (XC)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit in Academy Research
Offered: Fall or Spring

In this course the basic principles of research are covered, and the student is expected to develop a research project which is to be presented through a written document and oral presentation. Students interested in developing an original in-depth research idea are encouraged to submit a grant proposal. Students are encouraged to continue their project and present it in one of the venues available.

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