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IS 101. Interdisciplinary Studies. 4 units

Introduction to collaborative interdisciplinary inquiry. Topics include: Scholarly knowledge production and bibliographic finding tools, University role in knowledge dissemination and creation, and information search and evaluation processes. 'Learn-by-doing' disciplinary investigation and interdisciplinary analysis and synthesis. 4 lectures.

IS 301. Critical Issues Seminar. 4 units

Prerequisite: Admission to the Adult Degree Program (Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies) prior to enrolling in this seminar.

Discussion-oriented seminar focusing on ethics and effective interdisciplinary decision-making in the contemporary world. Examination of ethical and other issues facing society through current public debates, as well as great intellectual traditions that have shaped the past. The Schedule of Classes will list topic selected. Total credit limited to 12 units. 4 seminars.

IS 302. Analytical Skills Seminar. 4 units

Prerequisite: Admission to the Adult Degree Program (Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies) prior to enrolling in this class, IS 101 and IS 301 or consent of instructor.

Improvement of abilities to collect data, analyze information, frame questions, reach and defend logical conclusions. Emphasis on applying methods of data analysis to a variety of contemporary interdisciplinary issues. 4 seminars.

IS 352. Organizational Leadership. 4 units

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Area A, or junior standing or consent of instructor.

An interdisciplinary study of the definitions, theories, skills, and styles of organizational leadership in contemporary society. Strategies for managing human capital and an understanding of the relationship between attributes of good leadership and organizational change. Emphasis on developing an understanding of leadership in diverse organizations. 4 lectures.

IS 450. Advanced Investigation Seminar. 4 units

Prerequisite: Admission to Adult Degree Program (Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies), IS 301 and IS 302 with a minimum grade of C-.

In-depth interdisciplinary investigation into a narrowly defined issue of personal and/or professional interest. Identification of topic and examination from a variety of standpoints (e.g., cultural, environmental, religious, political, or economic). 4 seminars.

IS 453. Special Topics in Organizational Leadership. 4 units

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Area A, or junior standing, or consent of instructor.

Directed interdisciplinary analysis of selected contemporary issues or topics in organizational leadership. Topics may be examined from local, national or international perspectives. Total credit limited to 8 units. 4 seminars.

IS 460. Capstone Project. 4 units

Prerequisite: Senior standing, IS 301, IS 302, IS 450 with a minimum grade of C-.

Selection and completion of a summative project or report under the supervision of a faculty member. Investigation of the topic from an inter-disciplinary approach.