2021-2022 Course Catalog – Interdisciplinary Studies
CL College Level
CP College Prep
DC Dual Credit
XC Exploratory Course
Personal Finance (DC)
Credit: 1 credit
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.
Introduction to Philosophy (CL)
Credit: 1 credit
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 to develop our capacity for thinking, judging, and acting.
Interdisciplinary Studies: Colloquium
Junior Colloquium (CL)
Credit: .5 credit in Junior Colloquium
This is a discussion-oriented seminar and is required for all juniors (residential, international & NECP). Students participate in a variety of experiences: small group seminars, large group lectures, large group outings, and medium group simulations as a part of this interdisciplinary series. All students will do a variety of readings on many different content areas as part of this experience.
Senior Colloquium (CL)
Prerequisite: Junior Colloquium (COL03900)
Credit: .5 credit in Senior Colloquium
This is a discussion-oriented seminar and is required for all seniors (residential, international & NECP). Students participate in small group seminars as part of this interdisciplinary series. All students will do a variety of readings and discussions on selected content areas as part of this experience.
Interdisciplinary Studies: Research
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.