Disciplinary Perspectives


This component offers students an opportunity to bring insights from different disciplines to the analysis of a complex issue. Courses incorporate content and approaches from at least two disciplines, ask students to draw on their own disciplinary perspectives, and challenge them to approach and analyze issues from various points of view.

Requirements: One course from the list below.
Junior or Senior standing required.

AMS 328 Film and the American Identity
ART 380 Color Plus Culture
DCOM 311 Information Law and Ethics
DCOM 333 Experience Design
DCOM 380 Advertising
DCOM 385 Big Data and Storytelling
DCOM 386 Video Games: History, Theory, and Social Impact
DSP 310 AIDS
DSP 320 The College Colloquium
DSP 322 The 20th-Century World
DSP 324 The American Presidency: Power and Character
DSP 335 Religion and Literature
DSP 340 Myths and Their Meaning
DSP 348 The Atomic Bomb: History, Science, and Culture
DSP 350 Drugs and Behavior
DSP 352 Marx and Marxism
DSP 354 Issues in Contemporary Europe
DSP 355 Water Worlds: Cities, Their Environments and Influences
DSP 356 Liberty and Justice
DSP 370 Junk Science and Paranormal Phenomena
DSP 380 EU Simulation
DSP 385 Food Studies and Practice
DSP 390 Special Topics
EXSC 312 Psychosocial Aspects of Disease and Disability
EXSC 412 Psychosocial Aspects of Disease and Disability
FRN 375 French and Francophone Film
FRN 380 Global Issues in French and Francophone Societies
GMN 375 German-Language Film
GMN 380 Global Issues in German-Speaking Societies
HIS 301 Evolution for Everyone
PHT 412 Psychosocial Aspects of Disease and Disability
POL 380 EU Simulation
REL 313 The Search for Jesus


Criteria for Disciplinary Perspectives Courses:

  • Courses must involve considerations of issues, questions, or problems that lie outside the domain of individual disciplines.
  • Issues or problems addressed need not be contemporary, but should be open to approach by multiple disciplines. Examples of such issues are the environmental crisis with its political, scientific, economic, and ethical dimensions; the impact of technology and its associated materialism and scientific rationalism on the cultural, social, psychological, and spiritual aspects of human society.
  • Each course shall involve content and approaches from two or more different disciplines. In no case shall information and/or methodology from a single discipline comprise more than one-half of the course content.
  • The courses in this component may be taught by one instructor or be team-taught.